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I want to share files between my pc and my laptop.

By chyann ·
I have an XP desktop and a Vista laptop. The netgear router allows for the shared internet connection but I want to share files and the printer which is attached to the desktop (XP).

Printer is old, HP Deskjet 932C.

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Network Setup Wizard........

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to I want to share files bet ...

Just use the Network Setup Wizard. There are several ways to get to it.

(1) From the desktop if you have the icon showing, double click the "My Network Places" icon, then click 'Setup a home or small office network'.

(2) From the Start button, find My Network Places and click it, then click the same 'Setup a home....' link.

(3) From the Control Panel, (a) in Category view, click Network and Internet Connections, then click Network Setup Wizard or (b) in Classic view, double click the Network Setup Wizard.

Once the wizard is started, follow the prompts. Make sure each PC has a unique name, the Workgroup name is the same on both PC's and turn on File and Printer Sharing for each. At the question about how you connect to the internet, answer 'Other', then answer that you connect through a network hub/router. Not knowing which router you have though, there may be additional settings in the router itself which will need to be configured.

If you've done things correctly though, you can then 'see' each PC in My Network Places. All that's left to do is to copy files you want to share over to the My Shared Documents folder where you can get to them from the other PC... or, share specific folders (less secure).

Sharing the printer is a bit more complicated, so get the network setup first so each PC can 'see' the other, come back here and we'll tell you how to get the printer done.

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Sharing files...

by chyann In reply to Network Setup Wizard..... ...

I guess this - At the question about how you connect to the internet, answer 'Other', then answer that you connect through a network hub/router. - is where I made my mistake.

Everything went fine on XP but when I tried to run the network setup from my usb on Vista, it gave me an error.

I will try again after church tomorrow because I am too tired tonight.

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This M$ knowledge Base Article will be of assistance

by OH Smeg In reply to Sharing files...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922120

This is the cause but the full details are at the link provided

This problem occurs if the Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder component is not installed on the Windows XP-based computer.

Network Map in Windows Vista makes network diagrams of the connections between network devices that can be used to troubleshoot connectivity problems. Network Map uses a discovery protocol called Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) that queries other devices on the network to determine how the network is organized.

Windows Vista includes the software components that implement the LLTD protocol. For other devices on the network to be displayed on the map, they must enable a discovery protocol that can respond to the mapping requests from the Windows Vista-based computer.


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