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Windows 7: File sharing between win7 64 bit desktop & vista 32bit laptop

19 Mar 2012   #1

win 7 64 bit desktop & vista 32 bit laptop
 
 
File sharing between win7 64 bit desktop & vista 32bit laptop

Hi,

Both my son who knows a lot about pc and I have tried to get these 2 pc's to see each other with no success. I followed this tut give to me in a different forumn, who also recommended I come here. http://www.howtogeek...ws-7-and-vista/. Nothing seems to work. I followed the tut here for Windows 7 to set up for file sharing but they list a home group & vista lists a workgroup so not sure how that works, even set the clocks on both pc"s to the same time. What am I doing wrong? any suggestions? I should also mention my printer is a Lexmark X2470. I have also downloaded the Windows 7 drivers for my Lexmark printer.

Thanks
PinkRose

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19 Mar 2012   #2

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi PinkRose, Welcome to Seven Forums.
This is how I did it. File sharing.pdf


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19 Mar 2012   #3

win 7 64 bit desktop & vista 32 bit laptop
 
 

Thanks, I will try this after I have some lunch
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20 Mar 2012   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Forget Homegroup. Use basic principals.

See if this works.

File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)
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20 Mar 2012   #5

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8 (64-bit)
 
 

Homegroup is a Win 7 only thing. A Vista PC can't join a Win 7 Homegroup. IMO, Microsoft messed up by calling the sharing capability of Win 7 computers a Homegroup because in previous Windows releases you could have a Workgroup but the default name for a Workgroup was HOMEGROUP. You could change that to any name you wanted such as WORKGROUP or MYGROUP or whatever. But again, it was a Workgroup with an assigned name. Along came Win 7 which introduced the Homegroup which can't be renamed and only works with Win 7 computers.

So to share between a Win 7 computer and computers running Vista or XP you need to make sure you set up a Workgroup on all the computers and the Workgroup must have the same name on all computers you want to be able to connect together. A Win 7 computer can be a member of a Homegroup AND a Workgroup but in order to connect with other than Win 7 computers, it needs to be a member of a Workgroup.
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20 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Navigate to Windows 7's Network & Sharing Center on Control Panel and choose Advanced Networking then follow the instructions to either join an existing network or set up a new network.

As stated already, do not use a Homegroup as this is only applicable if all your computers have Windows 7 installed.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...ons-of-Windows

http://www.pcworld.com/article/18423...7_edition.html
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20 Mar 2012   #7

win 7 64 bit desktop & vista 32 bit laptop
 
 

Thanks for the info. Yesterday I had to leave for a while & I will have to leave shortly. I did figure out that a homegroup was a win 7 thing as nothing was working. So I made a workgroup & named it in my win 7 pc but got stumped on how to do it in the vista ( both systems are fairly new to me as I had a xp pc before). When I return later this afternoon I will read the articles & try again.
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20 Mar 2012   #8

win 7 64 bit desktop & vista 32 bit laptop
 
 

I have done everything suggested in the 2 links put up. I can only see the Windows 7 64bit on the network from my Windows 7 desktop and only the vista 32bit from my vista laptop, the 2 are not showing up together. This is the problem my son had also when he tried to connect the 2. I'm at a loss as to what to do next. Any suggestions? Also the printer is not showing up on the vista but shows up on the Windows 7 64 bit network. My router is a D-link and I'm on a WiFi that is free here at apt complex. I can see all the other people on the network also.
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20 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi,

Check to see if Network Discovery is turned on for both computers:

Vista

Win7
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21 Mar 2012   #10

win 7 64 bit desktop & vista 32 bit laptop
 
 

ok now I am getting somewhere, I got out of the Homegroup on the Windows 7 and now both pc's show up on the network & are password protected but I don't know what to put in there for user name & password, where do I find that on the pcs? also now the printer isn't showing up on either pc now.
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