I'm not good doing network on my computer. I've been searching on the web and youtube for tutorials on how to properly connect/share files from desktop to laptop using wireless connection.

Here's the scenario: I bought a D-Link router and plugged my internet source and then from my router it connects to my Destop (Lan 1) using RJ-45 and a cable. The internet is currently working well for my Desktop and Laptop. In my laptop I can access the internet using wireless connection and my desktop it uses a cable from the router.

The Problem: I've been trying to setup a homegroup (both in Laptop and Desktop) but I can't find any of them to connect. I also can't find any of them in my network. I'm guessing that my Laptop and Desktop are not properly configured to connect to each other. It just connect to the internet...

What I'm trying to achieve: I need to share files from my Desktop to Laptop or vise versa. I don't know how to do this, any tutorials online would be good. I also don't want to use DropBox or similar services...

My System: My Desktop and Laptop is using Windows 7 Ultimate.

Please advice. Thanks!


My Desktop: enter image description here

My Laptop: enter image description here

  • can you provide screenshots of your lan properties of your desktop and laptop I want to make sure that you have checked all the options on that page. You need to configure your router on the lan side if you want static addresses but it may not really be required.
    – rzlines
    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:25
  • In order to share files between your computers you dont even have to setup a home network but it's supposed to be easier when you use a home network
    – rzlines
    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:26
  • Added the screenshots above. If I missed some details, please do let me know and i'll try to add it here. Thanks!
    – Pennf0lio
    Feb 6, 2011 at 13:49

2 Answers 2


Is your router configured to give static or dynamic IP address? I ask because if static, try changing it to dynamic and see if the computers can see each other again.

Another thing you could try is to make sure that the network type on each computer is set to "Home" so that Network Discovery will be turned on. Then try the Homegroup setup again.

Once Homegroup is properly configured, you can share any libraries you want. You can create a library in Windows 7 and add whatever folders to it. Then you can share that library via Homegroup and let the OS handle all the permissions/sharing/etc.


What you want to do is map one drive of the computer to the other.


gives all the steps necessary to achieve this.

Instead of having just one of your computers connected via wireless, I suggest doing either both wired or both wireless, if possible.

  • Thanks for you Quick response. For now that wouldn't be possible that I can connect each of them with same connection type (wired or wireless), I don't have an extra cable for my laptop, and my pc don't have wifi Adopter. Mapping the drive is one that i'm looking, but i think it only works if you can already see your computer in the network. I still can't see the other computer in my network... any idea?
    – Pennf0lio
    Feb 6, 2011 at 8:18
  • Try making a folder on one of your computers "shared" and then find the name of your computer. You can then usually map to it by putting the address, i.e. \\MY-PC-NAME\PATH-TO-FOLDER-ON-DISK
    – aqua
    Feb 6, 2011 at 8:20
  • I tried mapping a folder in my lapop then tried accessing it in my desktop. it said "The system cannot find the drive specified"
    – Pennf0lio
    Feb 6, 2011 at 8:54

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