Help setting up a shared folder

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labecs

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Hi! I hope someone can help me with this. Before "homegroups" in Win 7, I used to have my computers in a home network, see both computers on my network, and then put a shortcut to a shared folder on my desktop and my roommate's. Then my roommate or I would just go there to check on a file the other had just put there, or I could send her a file, she could work on it and put it back. I have been struggling with homegroups like crazy, I can't get the computers to see each other, and I can't even find a way to put a shortcut on my desktop! What can I do to do this "the old way"? Both computers are connected to the same network, but I can't see the other one anywhere!
 

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Are both computers Win 7? What version? Creating a homegroup is apparently restricted to home premium and above.

Why not just enable file and printer sharing the way it worked prior to 7, and use the former style of networking? You have to do this anyway if you want to connect with any computers that are not Win7.
 

labecs

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I'm still having problems even with the troubleshooting tips. Both are Win 7, Home Premium, so there shouldn't be a problem. However, I cannot figure out how to do it the old way in Win 7, Jiml8, how do I do it?
 

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You shouldn't really have to do anything to share the contents of the Public folder. If you want to share stuff outside the Public folder see page 3 of this article.

As Bernardo alluded above if you have a non-Windows firewall or security suite you probably need to configure it for the desired access.
 
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