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Windows 7: Connecting two laptops running Windows 7?

15 Jul 2010   #1
iNic

Windows 7
 
 
Connecting two laptops running Windows 7?

Hi,

I need some help in connecting my two laptops together using my home wifi network.
I have tried to find a tutorial on how to do this but I couldn't find a good one.

Could anyone explain how to connect two win 7 computers using wifi, or point me in the direction of a proper walk trough.

Also is it possible to have an ongoing sync between two computers? My ideal situation would be to have two identically (content wise) computers whom both synced up to a external hard drive connected to one of those computers. So e.g. every time a picture was added to the picture folder on one computer the picture would be synced to the hard drive and then to computer nr 2 automatically.
Is anything like this possible?

Thank you


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15 Jul 2010   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I can't really think of a way to do it unless they were connected and synced to a server. You can always open explorer and click Network. From there you should be able to access the files on another computer. I do this for using my dads printer and getting pictures off his computer to put on Facebook.
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15 Jul 2010   #3
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iNic View Post
...Also is it possible to have an ongoing sync between two computers? My ideal situation would be to have two identically (content wise) computers whom both synced up to a external hard drive connected to one of those computers. So e.g. every time a picture was added to the picture folder on one computer the picture would be synced to the hard drive and then to computer nr 2 automatically.
Is anything like this possible?...
Sure can in more ways than one. However this does come with a however note.

First, you will need your network connectivity up and running. There should be a networking tutorial in the tutorials section.

To sync folders..
Option 1: Network share.
You will need to find the folder with the images you want, and share it. Right click>properties>Sharing
Click the advanced sharing button.
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Enable the [ ] Share this folder box.
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Click on permissions, then set everyone to Change and Read
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Ok on all dialog boxes.

However! This will allow everyone on the network to read/write to that folder with more than just pictures.


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15 Jul 2010   #4
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Option 2: Symbolic Link.
Basically it creates a shortcut to that share folder as created above.
However! I havnt tested this to see if it works if the host laptop is not online...

go to your home folder
Hold shift+right click > open command prompt here
type the command:
Code:
mklink /d "more pics" "\\laptop2\My Pictures\"
where "more pics" is the name of the new linked folder you want to create; and
"\\laptop2" is the name of the laptop and "My Pictures" is the name of the share you created in above post.

Now everytime you open your home folder, you will have another folder called "more pics". This is not really a shortcut, its an actual folder. So you can apply properties to it, and copy and paste it to where you want, just like you can with any other folder. However, the files are still physically on laptop2. I think properties on the folder are inherited to the contents, but not sure. I havnt tested that part either.


I prefer this method to redirect my user files to my network file share instead of using the C:\users\username\documents & music & pictures folders. But then again, it is a dedicated network fileserver, not a laptop.
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