Sharing between Windows® 7 and Windows® XP®
Do you know you can share files and printers between two PCs with Windows 7 and Windows XP, respectively?
You can share files and hardware devices on your home network, even if you are running Windows 7 on one PC and Windows XP on the other. However, it is strongly recommended to connect those computers which are virus free. And for this you need a good antivirus program. Ideally, it requires the services of a networking professional; however, if you are an advance user you can setup the sharing network easily. To enable the file, printer and Internet sharing, followings ways can be used:
You can enable file and printer sharing on Windows 7 PCand Windows XP with the help of Ethernet networking. You can share printer on Windows 7 through Devices and Printers available in Start menu. Then choose the second option to Add a Network Printer. You can also make it your default printer. If that does not work try to install the driver of the printer. In Windows XP, you can do so by clicking Control Panel from Start menu, and choosing Add Printer. Then choose the network printer as your default printer. Some users also complain about the slow speed of Ethernet networking. In such a situation you have the option to go for wireless networking which has more speed.
Wireless networking can be a good choice if you have limited space and you want to keep away from the web of wires. You can enable file and printer sharing by following few simple steps. In Windows 7, click Start and then Control Panel. Open Network Status and Tasks and change adapter settings wireless networking connections. Then click on Properties, select the TCP/IP properties and choose automatic settings for IP and DNS servers. After this, reboot your system. For Windows XP the same procedure can be followed.
If you are using Windows XP, then you can enable HPNA networking with ease. Click on Start menu then on Control Panel. Double click at Network Connections, then right click on Wireless Networking connections and select Properties. Click Wireless Network tab and select Use Windows to Configure and then click on Add button. Choose your own network name and access key for other computers to connect with your network. The same process can be followed for Windows 7 as well.
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