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Can you "file share" Between 2 computers with different Operating systems?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by glockguy, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have a Desktop with Windows Vista home Premium, and I just bought a laptop with Windows 7 on it... Now can i set up file sharing between the two? or do they have to be the same operating system? and if i can how to i set it up? id rather not have to save everything to an external drive and transfer it that way but i will if i have to i guess..
     
  2. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Yes, just be sure that the network name is setup the same for both PCs.
     
  3. Karma

    Karma the woods in Oregon Active Member

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    Yep. I have a laptop with windows 7, a desktop with Vista, and a PS3 all networked and sharing.
     
  4. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    So how do I allow myself to view each computers Hard drive? I have clicked on each one and said to share, but when I go to click on it from the other computer a little thing pops up n says I do not have permission to access and to contact the Administrator for permission... Sooo how do i give my self permission to access my own files lol
     
  5. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    You'll have to specifically share each folder you want seen between the two machines. I don't believe in sharing entire drives, especially drives with the OS on them, but you can.

    I've found Win7 to be a bit touchy sharing sometimes. My personal network has all XP machines and one 7...but the 7 is the server. Because of that I actually had to create a separate account ON the 7 machine that the rest of the network logs into, but then file sharing is fine at that point.
     
  6. Celtic Armory

    Celtic Armory Port Orchard, WA Member

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    Actually the answer is yes and no. If you have a Windows system, a Linux system and a Mac system, the Linux and Mac will easily see the Windows data, but unless you set up the Linux and Mac OS to use a Windows file system, Windows won't see their data. I have a dual boot system with XP and Ubuntu. From Ubuntu I can read anything on my Windows system, but in XP it doesn't even see the Linux system.
     
  7. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Hamachi is a good solution for cross-platform filesharing.
     
  8. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    It's possible that all of the machines don't have the same network name. Check that first.
     
  9. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    the slight difference between vista and Windows 7 is kind of confusing loli wish someone could just do it :( lol