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

19 Mar 2012   #1
PinkRose

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 Win7 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 win7 drivers for my Lexmark printer.

Thanks
PinkRose


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19 Mar 2012   #2
Roderunner

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
PinkRose

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
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

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
seavixen32

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
PinkRose

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
PinkRose

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 win7 64bit on the network from my win7 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 win7 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
ReviverSoft

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
PinkRose

win 7 64 bit desktop & vista 32 bit laptop
 
 

ok now I am getting somewhere, I got out of the Homegroup on the win7 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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