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Problem with network shares

I have one desktop (Win 7 Pro 32-bit) and one laptop (Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit). I want to share data between the two PCs over my house's built-in LAN.

When I share the drives, I get the error

Network Error: Windows cannot access \{Machine Name}

Also, I want to make sure that when any drives/folders/files are being shared, they cannot be accessed by any other person on the network. My Wi-Fi is password protected. Is it even possible for any other network to access my shared data?

How can I achieve this setup?

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marked as duplicate by studiohack Mar 30 '11 at 0:59

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Do you have Client For Microsoft Networks installed on both computers? Can you ping the computers by name? – echarnley Mar 29 '11 at 16:03

Here is the easiest way (computers are 32 and 64 per your notes): * On each computer, in the documents folder create a new folder called share. Share this folder through the property pages. * On 32, go to start -> run and type in "\64\share" where 64 is the name of the 64-bit computer * enter credentials for the 64 computer (username and password for the account that was logged into 64 when you created the share folder on it) * you will now see the share folder and can copy files back and forth

There is no security issue unless you have an easy wifi password, are using WEP, and are also using easy usernames/passwords on the computers.

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@echarnley: What if i need to share folders from directly computers drive? Is there something i missing while sharing between 2 PCs? – Romil N Mar 29 '11 at 16:23
Can you be more specific? What exactly do you mean by sharing folders directly from computers drive? – echarnley Mar 29 '11 at 16:33
i mean that insteading of keeping folders in share folders, if i need to share say the E Drive of 32 bit into 64 bit. – Romil N Mar 29 '11 at 16:37
Okay is the E drive the root OS drive? The answer will be different depending on that. – echarnley Mar 29 '11 at 16:40
no it is the simple drive that contains data such as softwares, photos, music and all that stuff.. – Romil N Mar 29 '11 at 16:42

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