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Windows 7: Don't laugh - Windows 7 to Windows 98 networking?

05 Dec 2009   #1

Don't laugh - Windows 7 to Windows 98 networking?

I have an old Windows 98 desktop on my network that I'd like to copy a bunch of files off of to my new Windows 7 laptop so that I can retire the Win98 machine (about time, eh?) Although I can see the Win98 machine as well as my husband's WinXP desktop in Norton Internet Security (firewall) that came on my new machine, I am unable to see either of them in "Network and Sharing Center" on the Windows 7 laptop. I only see my own machine. I am able to print to a printer attached to the Windows 98 machine as well as to another printer on the network, however.

The Windows 98 machine is set up to share My Documents, but it can only be seen on the two XP machines on my network, not the 7 machine.

Any advice? I attempted to use a USB flash drive in the Windows 98 PC to transfer the files, but there are no Win98 drivers for it. Sigh...


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05 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

use the XP computer as a bridge?
I'm currently researching if they have any protocols in common.
my best bet is to download Apache and set up the Win7 as a ftp server.
EDIT: It appears that Win 98 is capable of TCP/IP... See if you can find instructions for setting up sharing for 98 and to access a TCP/IP server manually under 7.
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05 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

On the 98 machine - share the folder containing the files you wish to share, with everyone access

in the start search in the windows 7 machine enter \\98PCname\sharename

this should give you access to copy the files, as windows 7 supports windows networking as used on windows 98
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05 Dec 2009   #4


Thanks Barman58!

That worked. I already had the Win98 PC set up to share My Documents, I just didn't know how to access it from the Win 7 laptop. Now I do. Many thanks!
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07 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate


What (did) are you doing with that 98 machine, please tell me you going to retire it?
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08 Dec 2009   #6


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blade1269 View Post

What (did) are you doing with that 98 machine, please tell me you going to retire it?
That is definitely the plan. Right now it's mostly a document backup/repository, but it also has the router, DSL modem, and one of the printers plugged into it, so it's going to take a little effort to reconfigure everything. We don't run email or web browsers on it, and have a firewall and anti-virus software on it, so even without Microsoft patching, it has remained virus-free for years. It's just slow and ugly. It will be moving out soon now that I have all the files off it I want to keep.

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