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Network old XP with new Win7 computer

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  1. thudds

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    I just purchased a Win7 desktop and Win7 laptop and a router for the wireless laptop. What do I need to do to be able to see the files on the old XP computer? I hooked this computer up to the router also and am not able to see the files on the old XP. I just want to transfer some files from the old to the new, but haven't been able to find any good instructions out there. Please help! I'm afraid the old XP is about to go on me and desperately need some files off of it! Thanks!!
     
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    I tried those instructions yesterday and I still can't see it.
     
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    Maybe I missed something, but that article seems to assume that you have already enabled file and printer sharing on the XP machine. If you have not done so here a wizard way.

    Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro or Vista or 7.

    Windows XP firewall (if SP2 or SP3) will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

    The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

    When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (up to 15 minutes) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

    When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
     
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    Well I got further, now it says I don't have permission to access......
     
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    Just saw your reply to TerryNet, so edited my reply

    Normally only Public Folders are shared.
    On the XP you will need to allow sharing for anything else.
    Right click on the item you want to share, select Properties, then the Sharing tab.
    In the Network Sharing and Seccurity box, select Share this on the network
    If you select a Folder, every file in that folder will be opened to sharing.
    Not reccommended, but you can even "share" the entire harddrive.

    Are you running XP Home or Pro?
    XP Home uses "Simlpe File Sharing", so any networked computer can access shares.

    XP Pro normally has "Simple Sharing" turned off, so the XP must have a duplicate account/password.
    To turn Simple File Sharing on or off in Windows XP Professional, follow these steps:
    Double-click My Computer on the desktop.
    On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    Click the View tab, and then select the Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended) check box to turn on Simple File Sharing. (Clear this check box to turn off this feature.)
     
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