Home netwoking

I have two Vista computers networked together with a modem.router and ethernet cable in the mix.I have the settings all as I want them.I haven't shared anything back and forth yet but I have a question.If I do something in Excel or Word on computer #1 can I save it to Computer #2 via the home network?


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Yes.. As Long As....

...the shared folder on Computer #2 has read/write permissions for that folder.

Hope this helps.


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Home Network Disapointment

There is just my wife and I and we only want to backup each others important documents.

I have spent a connsiderable amount of time getting this network setup and when all is said and done it turns out to be not much more than simply attaching a doc to an email and sending it or did I miss something along the way that makes it easier than attaching and sending?


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Unfortunately, You've Not Told Us What You Have or...

...haven't done to share the folders between computers.. If you can see the shared folders between computers (Open the "Network Places" icon from the desktop and see the shared folders on the other computers), you simply save a copy of the Excel or Word document to the local computer (computer #1), then copy and save it to the shared folder on the other computer (computer #2) using the Network Places path.. What seems to be the problem with doing such a thing?

Is it possible you haven't created a "shared" folder on both of the computers? If so, you need to do so before you can copy files between the computers. The link below should help you get it done:

Hope this helps.


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File sharing on Home Network - Quick Guide!

Hi Richlaxt,

When I was in tech support for Windows Home Networking was one of the most problematic issues!
Since you have a router in place, the difference would all be in the IP addresses and shared drives/folders
Coupled with your firewall settings.
I presume you have the IP addresses of both the computers, if yes,
Follow these steps in this article I found online, Too bad I cant copy paste them, Some copyright tangles!

Lemme know if you were able to follow this, and if any issues...
Glad to be of assistance!

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Detailed instructions

Another member posted this, but - alas - added a spam link. So I'm reposting only the relevant part of his post.


Follow this 6 steps

1. Plan your network

Decide what type of network you want. We recommend using a wireless network so that you have the option of using wired or wireless connections. Wireless connections give you the most mobility since they use radio waves to send information between computers. For more information, see What you need to set up a home network.

2. Get the necessary hardware and an (optional) ISP

At a minimum, you'll need a router and a network adapter for each computer (most laptops come with a wireless network adapter already installed). If you want to connect to the Internet, you'll need to have an account set up with an Internet service provider (ISP). For more information, see Selecting a wireless router or another wireless network device.

3. Set up the router

If your router displays the Windows 7 logo or the phrase "Compatible with Windows 7," you can set it up automatically using the latest version of Windows Connect Now (WCN) on Windows 7 or Windows Vista Service Pack 2. Otherwise, most routers come with a setup CD that will assist you in setting it up. Follow the instructions that came with your router. For more information, see Set up a wireless router.

4. Connect the router to the Internet (optional)

You don't have to do this step, but we highly recommend it. Most people find it very valuable to have an Internet connection. To connect the router to the Internet, follow the instructions provided by your ISP, or see Set up a broadband (DSL or cable) connection.

5. Connect computers and devices to the network

For the easiest setup, buy devices that display the Windows 7 logo or the phrase "Compatible with Windows 7," and then follow the instructions that came with the device. For more information, see Set up a wireless router, and refer to the section entitled "Connect other computers to the network." Also, search Help and Support for "Add a device or computer to a network."

6. Create a homegroup or turn on file and printer sharing

If you're setting up a home network, creating a homegroup is the easiest way to share files and printers. All homegroup computers must be running Windows 7. For more information, search Help and Support for "Create a homegroup." Also, see Join a homegroup and What is a homegroup?

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