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Solved: Networking with different O/S's

Discussion in 'Networking' started by thefrugalcpa, Dec 21, 2011.

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  1. thefrugalcpa

    thefrugalcpa Thread Starter

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    Can I network a desktop using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, with a laptop that I plan to buy that uses Windows 7 Professional (also 64 bit)? Or do I have to upgrade the desktop to Win 7 Professional first?
    By networking (since ppl seem to mean different things when they talk about it), I mean full file sharing so that any work I do on one machine is automatically updated on the other.

    If possible I would prefer not to upgrade my existing desktop since (a) it costs $89, and (b) I don't know if there would be any Lenovo desktop compatibility issues
     
  2. ChRoNo16

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    They will work together without being upgraded. I run XP and win7 machines all together and they work fine as well
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Any 2 computers can be networked, even a Mac, Linux-based, or Windows. But only 7 supports the HomeGroup protocol. If you plan later to connect other machines or devices that do not use Win 7, you should avoid using it for your network.
     
  4. thefrugalcpa

    thefrugalcpa Thread Starter

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    Perfect, thank you all for saving me $89! The real problem is I have no clue how to network without using the Windows 7 Wizard, but I'll be back here if I encounter problems. This forum is outstanding!!
     
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