Windows® XP File Sharing with Windows® 7
Need and benefits of sharing Windows XP files with Windows 7
Windows XP was the commonly used operating system before Windows Vista and Windows 7 were launched. Windows XP supports multimedia and network up to a large extended and many home and professional users prefer Windows XP on their computers because it is one of the most user-friendly operating systems. 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 pre-loaded with Windows 7. 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, 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. 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 in Windows XP and Windows 7 system:
- Configure the network
- Enable file sharing
- Sharing and access files
Configure the network
Your computers have to be in a network to share files and folders. You can configure a wired or a wireless network. To set-up a wireless network, you need to install a wireless network card on each computer and configure a wireless router in the network. You need to install Ethernet card on each computer to set-up a wired network and a network hub/Switch is used to interconnect computers in a wired network. Then configure the TCP/IP and other network settings to establish a network.
Enable file sharing
Once the network is configured, you need to run the network set-up wizard on both Windows XP and Windows 7 to enable 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 setup wizard can be accessed from 'Network and sharing center' in Windows 7.
You can easily share the drive or folder in Windows XP and Windows 7. You need to right click on the drive or folder that you want to share and click on the 'sharing' tab, you could 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. You can MAP the network folder or drive for quick access.