The thread title pretty much sez it all. I did a search on this topic and a brief scan but couldn't find a thread that was specific to my needs.
I have a very simple home network -- well, it's simple now, at any rate. It consists of one desktop machine and one laptop, both are running Windows 7 Ultimate. The desktop is running x64 and the laptop is running x86. The desktop is hooked up to the router via a network cable and the laptop has a wireless connection.
All I want to do is be able to freely share files between the two machines without having to pass through screens that require me to sign in with user ids and passwords. Is this possible in Windows 7? Used to be, I could just indicate which drives I wanted to share over the home network and that was all I needed to do. Not anymore, apparently. Heck, even the sharing process has gotten complicated.
So far I haven't been able to figure out how to get to first base. I'm being asked for user IDs that I'm not sure I have and passwords that I'm pretty sure I've never received. I suppose "Admin" is always a fall-back ID, but when it comes to passwords, I have no idea. I've been putting all this off for the longest, reverting to "sneaker net" with a flash drive instead of biting the bullet and seeing if I can get the machines to talk to each other the way I
Now, just to complicate things a bit further: the desktop dual-boots between Windows 7 and XP (I'm keeping XP on it for some legacy hardware I use that Windows 7 doesn't support). When I'm in XP, is there a way to accomplish this same feat between the desktop and laptop?
And to complicate things even further
: I also have a machine on the network that doesn't get used very much that is running Ubuntu Linux. I don't suppose it would be possible to pull off this same feat with a Linux box, would it?
Hopefully, this is a simple matter, cuz my network vocabulary is very limited. I am not very fluent in network-speak. If there's a tutorial here or somewhere on the net that you're aware of that addresses this sort of thing, if you would be willing to point me in that direction, I'd sure appreciate it.