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#1 frankie

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 09:16 AM

I have two desktop computers in my house.
Both OS are Windows XP Pro.
They are connected to the INTERNET with a router.
Both computers are running and connecting to the INTERNET just fine with no problems.

I would like some help on setting up the 2 desktops to share files and folders.
A step by step tutorial wood be great.

Your suggestions are appreciated.

Regards,
Frankie

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 05:38 PM

Microsoft Knowledge Base article on: How to configure file sharing in Windows XP

Be (File Sharing Level) Safe

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Edit: For spelling

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#3 frankie

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 07:58 PM

Sorry if I'm such a dunce at this network stuff.

I read the Microsoft article plus a few others and it still is all confusing for me.

??What must I change on the main computer that my router is connected to?
??What must I change on the computer at the other location in the house?

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 02:44 PM

If anyone could give me some "how to for dummies"input to these two questions I surly would appreciate it.

My computers are working fine with the Internet,I would like to setup sharing file and folders with each etc.

??What must I check or change on the main computer that my router is connected to?
??What must I check or change on the computer at the other location in the house?

Regards,
Frankie

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 03:54 PM

Open any folder and click Tools > Folder Options > View tab.

Scroll to the bottom and make sure Use simple file sharing is selected.

Go to folders/drives you want to share, eg My Computer > C:

Right-click on it and select Sharing and security and click the message about wanting to share.

Put a tick next to Share this folder on the network and it's up to you if you want to allow other users to change files.

Next, go to My Netwrok Places (via the Start menu, or My Computer) and run the Set up home or small office network wizard.

Use the default workgroup (MSHome) for both.

Turn on file and printer sharing but don't create a network disk.

Reboot.

Now do the same on the other computer.

To find the shared folder, go to My Network Places > Add a Netwrok Places and browse via Entire Network > Microsoft Windows Netwrok > MSHome, clicking the + each time to expand the view.

Once you get to the shared folder, add that. It will now always show in My Network Places as a shortcut.

To share the printer, add sharing by right-clicking on the printer on the 'host' PC.

Go to the other PC and follow the prompts to Add Printer (in Printers and Faxes). Look for a network printer via the same workgroup as above.

Any problems and it is likely to be your firewall.

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 02:22 PM

Thanks RichieP,I followed your directions and everything is working fine.

Regards.
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Posted 14 June 2006 - 02:40 PM

You're welcome.

Glad it worked. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 03:14 PM

Oops!

Maybe I spoke two fast.
When I go to My Network Places on the computer that is connected to my router and modem(I call it my main desk top) the only thing in there is My Web Sites On MSN that contains two folders. Also in the right side column where it says network task if I click on view workgroup computers it shows the 2 shared computers.

When I go to My Network Places on the other desktop computer the two shared computers are shown.

Is this the normal and OK!
What do you think?

Regards,
Frankie

Edited by frankie, 14 June 2006 - 03:41 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2006 - 04:08 AM

If you have shared folders or drives, they should sho in there. Go through the Add a Network Place wizard. The folders you are trying to add must be shared from the other computer you are accessing first.




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