?
Solved

how can I share files between a desktop with Windows 7 SP1 and a laptop running Windows 8.1?

Posted on 2014-12-27
6
Medium Priority
?
113 Views
Last Modified: 2014-12-31
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

           I am interested in being able to view and share files between a desktop running Windows 7 SP1 and a laptop running Windows 8.1.  Several years ago I remember seeing a friend setup physical hard drives as network drives and mapping each one so the remote drives would show up as local drives with corresponding drive letters.  

          Any shared insights and links outlining the steps for setting up sharing hard drives will be greatly appreciated.

          Thank you

          George
0
Comment
Question by:GMartin
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 97

Accepted Solution

by:
Experienced Member earned 2000 total points
ID: 40520123
This is fairly easy.

Make sure (Advanced Network Settings) that Network Discovery and File/Print Sharing are enabled on both machines. Make sure Home Group is OFF (so then Password Protected sharing is ON).

It is probably a good idea to make the user ID and password of the Windows 8 machine to be a user on the Windows 7 Desktop.

Now share a folder (or the drive if you wish to access ANY folder) on the Windows 7 machine to this user ID.

Now you can easily map a folder to the Windows 8 machine. Windows Explorer, Right Click on Network, Map Folder, select a drive letter, give the machine name and folder and OK.

Please see my article Folder Sharing on Modern machines.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/A_16639-Folder-sharing-on-modern-machines.html
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
ID: 40522135
Hello and Good Morning

         Is there any possibility of a file sharing network slowing down broadband internet performance?

         Thanks

         George
0
 
LVL 97

Assisted Solution

by:Experienced Member
Experienced Member earned 2000 total points
ID: 40522183
Generally no. At the precise instant of a very large file copy, the network may slow down, but it will quickly recover. I have my machines connected up all the time and my network is fine.
0
Flexible connectivity for any environment

The KE6900 series can extend and deploy computers with high definition displays across multiple stations in a variety of applications that suit any environment. Expand computer use to stations across multiple rooms with dynamic access.

 
LVL 97

Expert Comment

by:Experienced Member
ID: 40525828
Thank you George, and I was happy to help.
0
 

Author Comment

by:GMartin
ID: 40525834
Hello and Good Afternoon John

            Thank you for your feedback given in reply to my question.  I found your written pointers contained within the embedded link to be very informative and interesting.  In fact, I read and re-read it to help clear up things which were coming to mind like possible things which could present themselves as obstacles to setup in addition to the importance of security.  You made some very good points too regarding the significance of making sure each file sharing computer is strongly protected in addition to making sure any anti-virus or firewall is temporarily turned off until the set up is complete.  While I have not started with my desire to set up a file sharing network between my desktop running Windows 7 SP1 and my laptop running Windows 8.1, I am confident you have provided all of the necessary information to accomplish this goal.  If I should have further questions or concerns, I will open up a new post.

             Many thanks once again John for your shared insights.  Happy Upcoming New Year.

            George
0
 
LVL 97

Expert Comment

by:Experienced Member
ID: 40525841
Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well. I am always happy to help.
0

Featured Post

Optimize your web performance

What's in the eBook?
- Full list of reasons for poor performance
- Ultimate measures to speed things up
- Primary web monitoring types
- KPIs you should be monitoring in order to increase your ROI

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Enterprise networks where VoIP phones have been deployed frequently use port configurations that allow both a computer and an IP phone to be plugged into the same switch port but use different VLANs. On Cisco equipment I'm referring to the "native V…
This is the first one of a series of articles I’ll be writing to address technical issues that are always referred to as network problems. The network boundaries have changed, therefore having an understanding of how each piece in the network  puzzl…
Michael from AdRem Software explains how to view the most utilized and worst performing nodes in your network, by accessing the Top Charts view in NetCrunch network monitor (https://www.adremsoft.com/). Top Charts is a view in which you can set seve…
Monitoring a network: how to monitor network services and why? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the philosophy behind service monitoring and why a handshake validation is critical in network monitoring. Software utilized …

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question