Does anyone know a software which allows you to send files between two computers connected directly via lan cable (machines run WinXp and Win7)? I've already tried to use shared files and folders feature but machines doesn't recognise each other. Both machines have the same workgroup and unique names. Shared internet connection does work however.

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    Do you want to send or copy files? Have you tried using the xcopy or copy command in the CLI? e.g. copy 'file' '\\ipaddress\path\'?
    – Tog
    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:11
  • @Tog still doesn't work. it says: path not found Dec 16, 2013 at 10:16
  • Have you tried simple file sharing? For Win7: home-network-help.com/file-sharing-in-windows-7.html For WinXP just enable it in the folder options (view tab). Be warned, simple file sharing is insecure so it's not suitable for use on a public network.
    – Tog
    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:42
  • @Tog as i already said: yes i have. but with no good(( Dec 16, 2013 at 10:55
  • What IPs/subnet do the machines have?
    – xstnc
    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:33

2 Answers 2


On the machine where you shared the folder, open the command prompt or type CMD in run (to open RUN in Windows use Key+R). Then type ipconfig (followed by enter) so you will get the IP-Address of that machine. Now go to another PC and open the run again and type \\ followed by the found IP-Address and press enter.

For instance:

\\ and press enter

Remember to replace with the IP-Address you found on the main-machine.


You do need to enable the firewall to let traffic for file-sharing through.
For ESET Smart Security you can look here for the settings to allow file-sharing etc.

  • Would you know how to do it with command prompt? Something like "copy \\\c:\myfile.txt". Is such thing possible? Apr 21, 2015 at 21:34
  • @JoseManuelAbarcaRodríguez a colon is not allowed in a UNC path. You'd replace a colon with $ . C$ only works though if you know an admin account on the remote computer.
    – Andy
    Aug 2, 2015 at 15:13

If both your PCs are in the same workgroup and connected, then Windows file sharing should work. However, computers may not recognize each other instantly (I remember direct connection caused such problems when I used it). You can try to force the connection:

  1. Press Win+R on Computer 1 (the one that's not sharing a folder)
  2. Type \\Computer2 (or whatever the name of second one is, prefixed with double backslash)
  3. Press Enter.

It may take some time, but eventually Explorer window should show up.

  • thanks. but nope. it says: network path not found. Dec 16, 2013 at 10:10
  • Have you double checked computer names and workgroups? Try restarting both PCs.
    – gronostaj
    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:16
  • yes i did (more than twice)) both machines have WORKGROUP workgroup and unique names. some told me that widows firewall can be naughty sometimes. could it be that windows firewall doesn't let me do my business? Dec 16, 2013 at 10:22
  • I don't think so, Windows Firewall is configured to allow file sharing out of the box. Which computer is the one sharing internet connection?
    – gronostaj
    Dec 16, 2013 at 10:55
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    let us continue this discussion in chat
    – gronostaj
    Dec 16, 2013 at 11:54

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