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I've been using Windows-7 homegroup between my netbook and laptop; I've grown quite fond of it. My roommate is running windows Vista, so his computer lacks this feature. We'd really like to be able to have a common folder between our two computers. Is there any third party software that can do a similar trick?

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Depends on what you've done so far, please detail. If it's general file sharing, it's probably Samba, so try this builderau.com.au/blogs/codemonkeybusiness/… –  tobylane Feb 12 '11 at 11:36
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See this article :

How do I make Windows 7 HomeGroup content accessible to Vista and XP?

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Homegroups is just a very simplified face on top of Windows file sharing. –  Nighthawk Feb 12 '11 at 12:13
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What Microsoft has to say about Netorking different versions of Windows on home computers

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Networking-home-computers-running-different-versions-of-Windows

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