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Windows 7: Cannot access files on a different pc on my network

15 Jul 2012   #1

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Cannot access files on a different pc on my network

Hi Can someone please help a "silver surfer" please?

I want to be able to access and change files on my main pc, from my laptop which is in a different room, same with my wife's pc as well......

Each time I go the network, I can see the computers, but each time I want to access files it comes up asking for password and user name.

I have never set a user name or password and it is confusing the hell out of me to sort this out....

1.
do I have to make sure the files are in a particular place, and saved in that place all the time?

2.
can I not make "my documents" available to my wife and my laptop, and vice versa if they are swtiched on?

There must be a way to share our individual files and make them read write for ourselves??

many thanks for the knowledge........ please remember it is for idiot that knows very little about networking

Steve

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15 Jul 2012   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by casacrsteva View Post
Hi Can someone please help a "silver surfer" please?

I want to be able to access and change files on my main pc, from my laptop which is in a different room, same with my wife's pc as well......

Each time I go the network, I can see the computers, but each time I want to access files it comes up asking for password and user name.

I have never set a user name or password and it is confusing the hell out of me to sort this out....

1.
do I have to make sure the files are in a particular place, and saved in that place all the time?

2.
can I not make "my documents" available to my wife and my laptop, and vice versa if they are swtiched on?

There must be a way to share our individual files and make them read write for ourselves??

many thanks for the knowledge........ please remember it is for idiot that knows very little about networking

Steve
This is sharing and permissions 101 but this tutorial may help you figure it out. If both machines are Windows 7 then setting up a Homegroup is a good option, second link down.

Sharing and Permissions

Homegroup Folder Shortcut - Create

Homegroup - Add Computer or Join
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