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how to get to files on another computer in network

by BADBRAT / October 27, 2005 12:17 AM PDT

ive got 2 desktops with xp and and a laptop with xp that are connected thru a linksys router, how and where do you go to get to files on one of the other computers, new to this and dont really understand where i find the files at.

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Network Setup Wizard
by linkit / October 27, 2005 2:38 AM PDT

Run Windows XP's Network Setup Wizard on both computers. Within the Network Setup Wizard give all computers the same Workgroup name and ennable File And Printer Sharing.

Whatever you place in a shared folder on one computer will be visible to the other computer.

To view the shared folder on another computer, click on My Network Places to find the other computer's shared folder.

If you can't find the Network Setup Wizard, look in Help and Support

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Network Setup Wizard
by BADBRAT / November 9, 2005 11:27 AM PST
In reply to: Network Setup Wizard

thank you, now it works

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(NT) (NT) good job, BADBRAT !
by linkit / November 9, 2005 12:15 PM PST
In reply to: Network Setup Wizard
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use the default settings and some right clicking
by reveiled102 / October 27, 2005 12:17 PM PDT

unless you already tried what "linkit" posted.
Windows XP usually comes with a default setting where all workgroups are the same.
To check: click START>right click MY COMPUTER>PROPERTIES>COMPUTER NAME> and you should see the computers workgroup if they are not the same, click change and then edit your workgroup.

Now to share only files as you asked, locate where the folders you want to share or the whole hard drive you want accesible to the other computer Right click on it>PROPERTIES>SHARING>SHARE THIS FOLDER ON A NETWORK and you should be seing your shared files on the other computer's MY network places.

enjoy it

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Networking 2 PCs with a Wireless Router
by Chuckm_97 / October 28, 2005 3:44 AM PDT

Have tried just about everything but the 2 computers will not recognize each other as being part of the network. When trying to view them as part of the workgroup it gives a message that I do not have permission to access them.

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firewalls?
by linkit / October 28, 2005 6:25 AM PDT

What firewall is active?

XP Firewall
ZoneAlarm
Norton Internet Security
Other?

Does it work with the Firewall disabled?

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totally disagree
by linkit / November 10, 2005 10:51 AM PST

Once you have your network running, transferring files is just drag-and-drop, baby! You can get a router to network 2 or more computers together. You don't even have to connect the router to the Internet. You will save time and money in the long run (no burn time, no media costs). You can get an inexpensive router for $10 (some even free).

BTW, transferring files with CD's is another way of networking and has its own security problems. You are just using your feet. One of the biggest security worries for IT depts. is using USB flash drives for all sorts of thievery and mischief.

Also, a router is not a file server. It is just the intersection of the road that the delivery trucks use. It just happens to employ a very good traffic cop. You have a problem with what is stored in the warehouses and their unscrupulous owners, not the router.

Cynical angle: How much do you get paid to get hits on that blog?

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