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Discussion in 'Networking' started by a_rainy_day, Nov 1, 2007.

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  1. a_rainy_day

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    Easy. If the laptop is on the same network as the other computers (and it is if it is connected to the same router).

    1: Duplicate the account from the laptop onto the computers you want to share files from. You don't have to be logged into the other computers under that name, but the account must exist. When you come across the network requesting files, the remote computers will look at its own database for your username, not the laptop. (If you think about it, it makes perfect sense.)

    2: Make sure you actually share the files on the remote computers.

    3: Make sure your firewalls aren't blocking your network.

    That's it.

    Courtney
     
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    I really appreciate the help, however, i don't know how to do this.
     
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    You'll probably get far more accurate advice if you provide your operating system(s) and, where applicable, service pack levels; e.g., Windows 98SE, XP Home SP2, XP Pro SP1, etc.
     
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    XP home and i'm not sure if there is a service pack.
     
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    You'll have better luck with file and printer sharing if you have SP2. Right click on 'My Computer' - Properties - General tab - the Service Pack level is listed there.

    Here is the wizard way to enable file and printer sharing. With XP Home you need not worry about the user account stuff Courtney described.

    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.

    Windows XP firewall (if SP2) 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 (20 minutes or so) 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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