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I have a laptop with windows XP and a desktop with windows 7.

I shared the wireless internet of my laptop to my desktop using a cable. This all works fine.

Now the problem is that if I make a shared folder on my laptop, it doesn't show in the network connections of the desktop, it doesn't even show the laptop itself.

Is this possible or am i doing something wrong?

Config wireless: automatic via DHCP.
IP: 192.168.1.2
Netmask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway and DNS: 192.168.1.1


Config LAN laptop:
192.168.1.9
255.255.255.0
DNS/gateway: 192.168.1.2

Config LAN windows 7 desktop:
192.168.1.8
255.255.255.0
gateway:192.168.1.9
DNS: 8.8.8.8 (DNS from Google, it doesn't work else..?)
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You probably have an authorization problem on the laptop. Either that or the folder doesn't even exist. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 22 '13 at 21:52

Check that they're both on the same network, if so, enable homegroups and make sure they're in the same group.

Edit:

Your computer is not connecting to the gateway which your laptop is in. (192.168.1.9 vs 192.168.1.2). Get one to connect to the other and windows should see the other.

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Simplest solution, is to use Dropbox or something similar. So you can create a folder inside dropbox. Make both pc's install dropbox, and a shortcut to the folder on the desktop. They will stay synchrd.

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That’s hardly ideal, it would waste 2x the size of the file(s) in bandwidth. By keeping it in the LAN, they can avoid wasting any external bandwidth. – Synetech Sep 22 '13 at 21:17

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