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I have a wireless router with a wired  XP wired  that is the host of the network. A wireless laptop and printer are attached.

I just bought a new win7 pc and want to move the network hosting to it, because I want to reinstall the OS on the XP, after trasnferring my files.

How do I accomplish this? What effect will this have on my laptop and printer?

Do I start afresh with a new network on the win7?  And if so, how do I get the laptop and printer to recognize the new network?






Home Networks are usually peer-to-peer Networks. On peer-to-peer Network all computers are potentially equal.

The decisions of what to put on the computers, where, and how to Share the Info is up to the users.


Win7 when configured on peer-to-peer Network  has three types of sharing configurations.

HomeGroup Network = Works only between Win 7 computers. This type of configuration makes it very easy to Entry Level Users to start Network sharing.

 Work Network = Basically similar to the previous methods of sharing that let you control what, how, and to whom folders would be shared with.

 Public Sharing = Public Network (like Internet cafe) to reduce security risks.

 For best results log to each computer's System Screen and set all the computers to be on a Network with the same name while each computer has its own unique name.

Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party Firewall instructions

General example,

Please Note that some 3rd party Software Firewalls keep blocking aspects of Local Traffic even it they are turned Off (disabled). If possible configure the Firewall correctly, or totally uninstall it to allow clean flow of local network traffic.

Since you have a Network with Win 7 and other version of Windows you need to configure Win 7 as Work Network.

Win7 -

Win7  Work Network specific folder sharing -

Vista File and Printer Sharing-

Windows XP File Sharing -;en-us;304040

 Printer Sharing XP -

 Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -

 Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista (Not need for XP-SP3) -

 When finished with the setting of the system it is advisable to Reboot all the hardware including the Router and all computers involved.

*Note. Some of the processes described above are done Not for Windows sake but to compensate for different Routers and the way their firmware works and stores the info about the computers that are Networked.

Jack, MVP-Networking. EZLAN.NET
Jack MVP, Microsoft Windows Desktop Experience-Networking.

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