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Windows 7: Setting up sharing between two PCs on a network without homegroup.

02 Dec 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
Setting up sharing between two PCs on a network without homegroup.

This is probably quite simple but I will ask anyway.

I live in a shared house so I don't want all my folders shared willy nilly on the network.

I would however like to share folders between my laptop (windows 7) and my tablet (windows 10)

I have created a workgroup and joined both (I'm assuming this will mean that anyone not in the same workgroup won't be able to see anything) but I can't find a way to share a folder from laptop to "TABLET/USER" I can only pick local users.

Am I going about this totally wrong?

I'd like to share between just these two devices and make sure no one else can see my stuff


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04 Dec 2015   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium

Take a look at this. Its a previous post that was solved.

Sharing files between two PCs without Homegroup?
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04 Dec 2015   #3

7 Ultimate SP1 x64

If you want some real security, patch your own wireless router to the existing modem/router (LAN, not WiFi. Not the WAN port either, standard LAN port) and set it up appropriately. Essentially, you'll have your entirely own WiFi via this method. That's what I did. Worked a treat for me.

However, occasionally, you might have to log into it to "refresh"/get it to take the DNS credentials (especially if on a dynamic IP/lease). But that's no big deal, takes all of 20 seconds every so often (mine averages a goof about every three months; most often coinciding with the modem being reset). No issues otherwise, and I love the separate bandwidth too.

For your purposes, a ~$20 single-band would do just fine. Change the login, SSID and Passphrase from defaults (always), if necessary set it to WPA2-PSK (WEP is garbage), and I'd recommend also enabling MAC Address Filtering (if it's capable; most seem to be these days), but for that last you will have to log into the router every time you get a new device and manually add it's MAC in.

Point is, even if, somehow, somebody managed to get your file-sharing credentials, they most likely won't be able to also thwart your router's security. I don't even have a sharing password on my workgroup, I don't need it (only caused problems anyway).
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10 Dec 2015   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

Thanks guys, I'll check that thread out.
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