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

Posted on 2014-12-27
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

Question by:GMartin
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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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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.

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Hello and Good Morning

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


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by:John Hurst
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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.
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by:John Hurst
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Thank you George, and I was happy to help.

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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.

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by:John Hurst
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Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well. I am always happy to help.

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