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I just bought a new Windows 7 machine with Windows 7 Home Edition. I already have Windows XP Professional SP2 machine.

I want to share folders and files between these two machines. They are connected to the same switch.

How can I do this?

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WinXP Home, or Pro? The file sharing is slightly different between the two. –  jefflunt Dec 31 '11 at 17:18
    
I am using WinXP Professional version 2002, service pack 2. –  Sarfraz Ahmed Dec 31 '11 at 17:32
    
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right click on the folder whitch want to share.. then cick properties

and then click the share tab Choose everyone or your name of your homegroup and then click ok

To see it click Start-->Computer-->Network(in the right bar)..

Choose your computer name, and that's it!!

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my problem is when I access windows7 pc share folder from XP then it works fine. But when I try to open my xp pc from windows 7 then it require authentication. but I did not set any password on xp machine. then what should I give it in credential settings? –  Sarfraz Ahmed Dec 31 '11 at 17:46
    
check this sevenforums.com/tutorials/… –  user726730 Dec 31 '11 at 19:37
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@SarfrazAhmed Perhaps you should include that information in your question. –  techie007 Dec 31 '11 at 20:27
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Taken from SevenForums and I can validate it works because I have used it for some office computers

Steps: Windows 7 to XP

On XP, select the folder you wish to share, right-click > Sharing and Security. Then tick the boxes as shown (Here i have elected the test folder under C:\ to be my shared folder). Then click Apply and OK. After the folder is shared, you will see the hand under the folder.

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On Windows 7, mapping to this test shared folder can be done in many ways. One way is typing in the search box under the Start menu as shown. Then hit Enter make sure the cursor is inside the box otherwise you will engage the shutdown box lol). I have set manual IP to my XP machine, it's IP is 192.168.1.9

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Should you be prompted with logon credentials. Use the username and password with appropriate rights. Here I used the ID I log onto the XP machine with. You may need to put computername\username as the userid should the username alone doesn't work.

That's it, the explorer window will pop up and you now ready to share files. Just put any files in the folder from XP and it'll show up in the share.

XP to Windows 7

On Windows 7, select the folder you wish to share, right-click > Sharing With. Then select Specific People (here i have elected the test1 folder under D:\ to be my shared folder). You will need to select who you want to share the folder to (here i have elected the userid with which i log onto Windows 7 with. Highlight the name and Click the Share button. Then Done at the next screen.

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As with point 2, Start > Run and type as shown. Then hit OK. My IP to me Windows 7 is 192.168.1.100

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Should you be prompted with logon credentials. Use the username and password with appropriate rights. Here I used the ID I log onto the Windows 7 machine with. You may need to put computername\username as the userid should the username alone doesn't work.

That's it, the explorer window will pop up and you now ready to share files. Just put any files in the folder from Windows 7 and it'll show up in the share.

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