N/APosted on - 12/15/2011
I am using an HP laptop which I want to share with my office PC. My laptop has a Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, and the office PC is running Windows XP Professional SP2. When I tried to connect the LAN cable on my laptop, I could see the office PC, but I was unable to transfer or browse any files. I want to make a backup of my laptop. How can I transfer files with my office PC? What software do I need to use?
Connecting two machines for file transferring
You will not need a software for that. As long as you can see the office PC using your laptop, you just need to change some settings on both computers to be able to share files between them:
On the laptop, click on the network identity icon, and then click on 'open network and sharing center'.
A window will open, in it look for 'change advanced sharing options and click on it.
In the next window, there will be sharing options that you will need to change to enable sharing of files over the network.
You will need to:
Turn network discovery on.
Public folder sharing on.
File and printer sharing on.
Password protected sharing off.
Save the changes when you are done and exit network and sharing center.
Repeat the same procedure for the office PC. Once you are done, you will be able to access the public folders of the PC and laptop on the network.