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I am running a desktop on windows and would like to access the files in a certain folders from my laptops via my local Lan network. What is the easyist way to do that?...

My desktop is Running windows 8, laptop 1 is running windows 7, and laptop 2 is running Linux Ubuntu (latest version)

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What version of windows on each computer? – Carl B Mar 15 '13 at 1:45
    
My desktop is Running windows 8 laptop1 is running windows 7 and laptop2 is running Linux Ubuntu (newist version) – user207316 Mar 15 '13 at 11:38

Use file sharing - it's built into Windows.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows7/file-sharing-essentials

It's very simple to setup for simple sharing of specific folders from your PC to another.

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Yes, that should work but I am running windows 7 on one laptop and the newest version of Ubuntu on the other. Is there any other way, because you can't use Home group on Linux -Thanks – user207316 Mar 15 '13 at 11:32
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Simple sharing doesn't have to use home group; you can just share folders independently which you can browse in Linux with smbclient and/or mount as folders. – Dave C Mar 15 '13 at 12:07

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