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Can I make my Win 7 laptop a server?


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#1 dcstim

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 08:32 AM

I have a laptop running Windows 7 and it has been great, sadly I need to get a new one and it will have Windows 8.1 instead!  Is there a way to make my old laptop a server so that I can still run programs from it but store the data on the new machine?  I am totally out of my depth here and would appreciate any advice.

 

Many thanks and sorry if this is the wrong forum!



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Posted 07 December 2014 - 09:17 AM

Simple File sharing / folder sharing could look like you have "file" server if that is what are you trying to achieve. 


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Posted 07 December 2014 - 12:07 PM

Thanks,

 

Will I be able to run the programs from the old laptop on the new one?



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Posted 07 December 2014 - 01:08 PM

Thanks,

 

Will I be able to run the programs from the old laptop on the new one?

Sometimes but not always. Windows 7 has a good operating system. Windows 8.1 is not to my liking.

I believe Microsoft said Window 10 will come out in the last part of the year 2015, maybe you could wait ?

As for sharing you can set up a Home Network to access files on another computer. Both computer have

to be on. I won't give instructions, I'm not to good at that for setting up home network.



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Posted 07 December 2014 - 03:05 PM

For best performance, it is better to run programs on the client machine and save the data to a server, rather than run the program from the server and save the data to the client. So in other words, set up the Windows 7 machine as a file server and run the programs from Windows 8.1. But the other way around is possible -- you could use Remote Desktop or any other remoting tool to log into the laptop, or use a RemoteApp-like program to make those applications appear as icons on your Windows 8 computer.



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Posted 07 December 2014 - 03:30 PM

Thank you for the replies, I'll give it all some thought before I decide which way to go!






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