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Is there no easy way for 2 or more W7 machines to network, than creating log in credentials on each local machine?
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If they are 2 home machines, then you should be able to use Homegroup (assigned in Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center) to share public folders back and forth.

If you want to share more generally and they are still home machines, then you ensure File and Print sharing are enabled and password protected sharing is enabled. All of this can be found in the Network and Sharing Center -> Advanced and then for this one, select Home/Work.  For this type of sharing, your should have the same userid and passwords on both machines, and then sharing should work fine.

If you want different userids and passwords then one of the machines will need to share out is folders to the other machine, and in this case, it is easiest to connect with Map Folders in Windows Explorer.

You do not need to create the other userids on both computers. I share two Windows 7 machines completely using the third method and it works fine. ... Thinkpads_User
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Thank you. I was pleased to assist and good luck going forward. ... Thinkpads_User
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