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home network, file sharing

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#1 angieInVA


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:53 AM

I have a Win7 Dell desktop and an old HP Xp laptop that I want on the same network to share files etc. the desktop is connected directly to Panoramic WiFi modem and the XP laptop accesses the internet via WiFi.


can I do what I want and if so please tell me how.


thanks again for all of your help over the years!!

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 11:10 AM

I have both XP and Win 7 on one system...with Win 7 on a different desktop.  The XP on System 1 is in a home network with the system reflecting Win 7 alone.


The way that I did it...I set up a workgroup on the XP system, following the follow-the-dots procedure in XP.for setting up a workgroup on XP.  Then I went to the Win 7 system and simply had it join the existing XP workgroup.  I use no passwords and give each system full access to each other. Note:  a workgroup is NOT the Win 7 homegroup.  There is no need at all to even think of the Win 7 homegroup procedures.




Remember that you must select the drives which you want shared...before the workgroup will function



Edited by hamluis, 13 June 2018 - 11:15 AM.

#3 angieInVA

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 07:49 AM

thanks, it appears to be working great except if i attempt to share lets say a folder on the Windows 7 desktop it is asking me for a password.  maybe I missed a step but I have no problem sharing the WinXP laptop


thank  you again, one less headache 

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