File sharing between Windows® XP and Windows® 7 over a network
How to share files between Windows XP and Windows 7 over a network?
Windows XP is one of the best operating systems from Windows and was launched before Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Many computer users work with Windows XP because of its easy to use and simple user interface. Windows 7 is the latest operating system by Microsoft and it has many tools and features to maximize the computer performance. Most of the new computers come with Windows 7 loaded. You would have computers with Windows XP and Windows 7 in your network. Sharing data is one of the basic needs of a network user. You do not have to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 to share data and system resources. Both operating systems support file sharing, therefore, you just need to set-up the network and share drives and you can easily exchange data among Windows XP and Windows 7 and use other shared system resources as well. Once you share a drive or a folder in your computer, all users in the network can view, delete and access the shared folder or drive depending on their user rights. This eliminates the hassle of transferring data from one computer to another using USB drives /CDs etc, minimizes the time consumption taken for data transfer and makes your computer more productive. You can share pictures, games, documents etc. through the network.
Tips to share files and folders between windows XP and windows 7 system:
- Network configuration
- Enable file sharing
- Sharing and access files
To share the files and folders, first you have to connect both the systems to a network. You can make use of either a wired or a wireless network. A wireless network card is to be inserted into these systems and a wireless router needs to be set up. You should do this in both Windows XP and Windows 7 system. You need to install Ethernet card on each computer to set-up a wired network. A network hub/switch is used to interconnect computers in such a network. Then, you need to configure the TCP/IP and other network settings to establish a network.
Enable file sharing
You could see the file sharing option in your system and you need to enable that properly to start file sharing. In Windows XP you need to click on network connections in 'Control Panel' and click on 'Setup a home or office network' and complete the network wizard. The network set-up wizard can be accessed from 'Network and sharing center' in Windows 7.
Once you've enabled the file sharing option, you can easily share files and folders between these systems. You need to right-click on the drive or folder that you want to share and click on the 'Sharing' tab. You can then specify the share name or the shared drive or folder. All the shared folders and drives can be viewed and accessed from 'My network places' in Windows XP and in 'Network' tab in Windows 7 of each computer. Also, you can MAP the network folder or drive for quick access.
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