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Access files on my desktop from my laptop

Discussion in 'Networking' started by thelamecoolguy, Feb 28, 2015.

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  1. thelamecoolguy

    thelamecoolguy Thread Starter

    Sep 16, 2006
    I have many files on my desktop that I would like to access from my laptop as well. They are connected in the same network (desktop via Ethernet cable, and laptop via WiFi).

    How do I access the files?

    Desktop is Windows 7, Laptop is Windows 8.1. A friend who comes regularly to my place has a Mac (he's still on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, apparently 10.10 Yosemite is buggy).
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    You should be able to use a Homegroup for Windows 7 and newer. However, I use the regular file and printer sharing.

    Short description for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 file and printer sharing:

    Go into the Network and Sharing Center from the Control Panel or from the Network icon in the Notification Area. Your network must be designated 'Private' (or 'Home' or 'Work'). Click on Change advanced sharing settings. In the Private or Home or Work section you can configure File and printer sharing, Public folder sharing, and Password protected sharing.

    You may want to change the Workgroup name. To check it or change it right click on "Computer" and select "Properties."

    You must uninstall or properly configure any non-windows firewall (security suite).
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