Networking Windows® 7 & Windows® XP
Things to keep in mind while networking computer systems that have Windows® 7 and Windows® XP operating systems
You might face problems while sharing files or connecting to peripheral devices if the operating systems (OS) installed on the networked computer systems are Windows® 7 and Windows® XP. For instance, if your computer is connected to office network and is running on Windows® 7, whereas the other systems in the network have Windows® XP then you might experience problems while sharing files or hardware devices like printer with them.
Here is a description of how you can network computer systems with Windows® XP and Windows® 7 operating systems, and the issues you can face while doing so:
- How to network Windows® XP with Windows® 7?
- Things to consider while networking Windows® XP with Windows® 7
- Issues related to networking
How to network Windows® XP with Windows® 7?
Before networking two PCs that have Windows® XP and Windows® 7 operating systems, make sure that the systems are members of the same workgroup i.e., they are members of the same network. Then, on the Windows® 7 OS go to Control Panel All Control Panel Items Network and Sharing Center, and then, click on ‘Change advanced sharing settings’. According to your preference, turn off or turn on the ‘Public folder sharing’ and ‘Password protected sharing’. If you want to keep the ‘Password protect sharing’ enabled make sure that there is a log in account for the other Windows® XP machines and they have a password. Once this is done, go into ‘Network’ in Windows® 7. There, if you can see both your Windows® XP machine and Windows® 7, then it mean that the networking is successful.
Things to consider while networking Windows® XP with Windows® 7
Both the computer systems that have Windows® XP and Windows® 7 operating system should be a part of the same network if you want to share files and peripheral device between them. If your PC is old it might be using a less-secure file system FAT32, so make sure that you are using NTFS (New Technology File System). Although Windows® automatically installs and enables the protocol for file and printer sharing, but still we suggest you to double-check it as it could be accidentally disabled. Secondly, make sure that the computer system with which you want to share files is connected to the same network to which you are connected.
The major problem that you might experience while networking Windows® XP and Windows® 7 is while dealing with printers that have a different set of drivers for each OS. There is no solution to get rid of this problem. We would recommend you to try to connect it to one system, and if the drivers still do not work, hook it up to the other computer and see if that works. There are many different brands of printers available in the market, and each printer manufacturer is different. Therefore, Windows® does not always automatically install the correct drivers for the device.