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Setting up simple home network connectivity

I have a desktop PC and a laptop PC in my home.  I have a wireless router with broadband coming into it.  Both computers are able to access the internet just fine wirelessly.

What I'd like to do is set up the desktop PC so that I can access it from my laptop PC.  Specifically, I'd like to be able to enter "\\HomePC\C$" in Windows Explorer to access the hard drive.  I'd also like to be able to use Remote Desktop to connect to the PC.  Finally, I have a printer hooked up to the desktop PC.  I'd like to be able to print to it from my laptop.

What is the easiest and/or best way of doing this?

I'm very much a networking configuration novice but am comfortable with computers in general.  

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8/22/2022 - Mon

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I stepped through the document and it seems to have gotten me part of the way there.  Now, when I go to "\\HomePC", I can see the printers and shared folders.  However, when I go to "\\HomePC\C$", it pops up the username/password screen.  My user name is grayed out and is defaulted to my work domain and username.  I am using my laptop from work to try to connect so I can understand why it's defaulting to this.  But how can I change it?

Also, I tried to use Remote Desktop and it can't find HomePC.

Nevermind.  I just had to set it up to share files and also had to set it up to allow remote desktop connections.  I've got it now.  Thanks!
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