2 Computers:

1-> Laptop with Windows 8 running in hostel room (single partition c:)

2-> Desktop PC with Windows XP and/or Windows 7 running in a Lab

Both computers are connected via LAN and remote desktop access is working perfectly in either direction.


I want to only access the C drive of my laptop from my Lab Desktop like a Network Drive and not involve remote desktop in between, but I am unable to do so as the hostel computers do no show up on the "Entire Windows Network" list (maybe because they have a different subnet mask?). Although, I am able to add the Lab's NAS like a regular network drive.

Any help on how it can be done?


You mention that these two computer have different subnet masks, so are you aware that they are on different subnets? There may be a firewall preventing access to Windows shares between the subnets.

You can test the access by using the UNC path to the Windows 8 computer by browsing to the following file path in Explorer:


Replacing <computer_name> with the hostname of the Windows 8 computer. You should be prompted for a username and password to access the hidden administrative share of the computer, for which you can use the credentials of a local administrator.

  • This is drawing a blank. If I enter the address directly in explorer - nothing happens (no loading, no waiting, no error - literally nothing). If I put it in the run box - I get an error that the network location could not be found. Same error if I try to add the share as a network drive directly. Also, yes, the computers are on different subnets. – OrangeRind Oct 29 '12 at 12:32

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