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File & Printer sharing

Discussion in 'Networking' started by aaronqq, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. aaronqq

    aaronqq Thread Starter

    Apr 27, 2004
    I have a desktop XP machine connected to a router and through DSL to my Yahoo ISP. I bought

    a new laptop which I wirelessly surf the web ok through my router. Now I need to access my

    printer connected to the desktop computer and to access the "My Documents" folder on my

    desktop computer but cannot. By the way, I am running Vista Business Edition on the laptop

    and XP on the desktop.

    Desktop Computer setup:
    - Local area connection: File and Printer Sharing enabled
    - My Documents folder properties:
    Sharing & Security: "Share this folder on the network", "Share name: My Documents",
    "Allow network users to change my files"

    Laptop computer:
    Where do I navigate to so I can access the shared desktop computer "My Document" files?
    Is there something I need to setup on my laptop to access the shared host files and printer?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.
  2. cancon


    Jul 22, 2005
    on the laptop go to start>run and type //computername/My documents

    or you can just find it in my network places.

    As for the printer, you have to go to start>pronters and faxes on the desktop, right-click on the printer, and share it.

    Then you have to go to printers and faxes on the laptop and click on add pronter.

    Go to network printer and browse. It should show up there.

    Hope it helped:D
  3. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    Also it helps if both computers have the same workgroup name
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