Replacing a PC hosting shared files

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Hello Experts,
I have a remote client that is replacing her Windows 7 PC with a Windows 10 PC.  She has large shared file(s) on her W7 PC (that are accessed by others on the same LAN in her office) exceeding 120GB.    She wants the shared file(s) to be on her W10 PC to maintain ownership but still wants them to be accessible by everyone else (on Windows 7 PC's).
Can someone provide step-by-step instructions on how I can walk her through accomplishing this?

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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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If those files are used by many others, then it might be more prudent to install an NAS and put the files there, or put the files on the office server.  Then the issue is solved forever and any potential problems with moving the files to a new system, sharing privileges, ownership, SMB level, etc. won't arise.

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Unfortunately there is no office server (her office is part of a very large corp domain) and I don't believe installing a NAS is an option.  The user group is relatively small (maybe 6 other people) and they use their PC's for file/print sharing.
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IN a domain, not sure how any admin allowed one person's workstation to be used as a "server"

The step by step is fairly straight forward for a transition.
1) setup the new Windows 10 system.
2) make sure all application the user needs are installed.
3) copy user data from Windows 7 into Windows 10 user...
4) setup a share from the new Windows 10 to the old Windows 7 that the user commonly works with.

Now plan on getting a more reliable solution either as suggested a NAS joined to the domain. Or depending on what other resources exist in the environment mainly VM as a file server where the shares from Windows 7 can be slowly migrated to setup a more reliable/straight forward management of data
Using a dfs based share will provide for easier transitions in the future between target systems that will host the data.
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Hi,
My real question is that since Win7 uses HomeGroups and those PC's are part of a domain (which HomeGroups don't apply), how can those Win7 users see the shared folder on her Win10 machine?  
Thanks
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she has to check whether the smbv2 is enabled on both. and then make sure that the settings (advanced firewall) allow smb traffic throug


you are mixing two distinct things, is this a homegroup, a predefined/set group that (homegroup is not supported on windows 10 if not mistaken)
if you set your computers to be part of the same workgroup name. then each system has the same users/credentials defined while the one sharing the data has all the users in the location with identical credentials, the access will be there provided the prior firewall settings.....

it is unclear from your description where your issue lies.

is the issue that they are not part of the same workgroup?
the credentials of users are unknown on this sysxtem, i.e. the user is re-prompted for credentials.
are you looking to make the share/files accessible to all/guest share permissions, security permissions?

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Yes, no Homegroup or workgroup being used on Win7 machines.  Simply a shared folder stored on the manager's PC that Everyone has read/write access to from their Win7 machines that are all part of the same subnet.  Now she has a Win10 machine that will be replacing her Win7 machine.  I just need to know if all that needs done by the Win7 users is to change the path (new PC name will be the only thing changing) to the shared folder?

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They need to be members of the same group, look at the properties of each computer, are they members of the same group? Advanced system settings, computer name.

The file and printer sharing ..... Is it on?
Firewall needs to allow file share through

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