In the good ol' days you just hooked up your network and once everything was connected every computer could access the others on the network. For home networking no passwords are needed (unless maybe you're hiding your affair with Charlotte from your wife). But, to accommodate companies who have a need for secure access Microsoft has slowly made once simple home networking into a full fledged nightmare. I had the original IBM PC and have had many computers since and assembled my last five or six from a custom selection of components. I'm pretty savvy for a person who has only used home computers. Friends and neighbors call on me to get their computers working. But, if they say the word network, I turn and run. I was able to get XP working but that's the last.
I got my latest computer (Win8) about 2 years ago and gave my wife my Win7 computer. I had tried to get two friends' Win8-Win7 networked and gave up. And when I tried to get my own connected I ran into the same problems. All of these were through a router. After many hours of beating my head against it I somehow got them to share selected folders only. I have encountered the need to share a new folder and since the process was so arcane and seemed to be hit and miss and it was two years ago, I can no longer remember how I did it.
One of the friends I gave up on, hired a (presumably) competent tech to connect them. After spending 6-8 hours trying unsuccessfully. He concluded it required a complete wipe and load of the Windows 8 box. Still he never got it working.
Is there any way or any device that will let me connect my two computer directly together, with no folderol, like I did in the old days?
Edited by i_am_jim, 20 April 2016 - 03:41 PM.