Connecting Windows 7 PC to XP MSHOME Network

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I want to be able to share folders between XP MSHOME computers and new Windows 7 PC, including sharing printer from Windows 7 PC
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Win7 when configured on peer-to-peer Network Win 7 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 your computers are running Win 7 and Win XP you have to use the Work network option.

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.


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