Home peer to peer network (Windows 7 to XP)

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mammador, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. mammador

    mammador Platinum Member

    Dec 9, 2010
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    In a home peer to peer architecture, I cannot get a Windows XP laptop to send information to a Windows 7 laptop, even though both computers are configured with unique IP addresses (via Network Connections section). Any reasons why this is happening?
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  3. xSauronx

    xSauronx Lifer

    Jul 14, 2000
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    define what you mean by "send information to"

    i believe sharing files and folders (and maybe printers) requires some special changes to be made on one or both of the machines, but your OP was a little vague on exactly what you want to do

    are they directly connected by a wire or are they connected by wire/wireless through a router/ap/switch/hub? did you set IPs manually?
  4. mammador

    mammador Platinum Member

    Dec 9, 2010
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    I used a standard Ethernet cable to connect to the two, and manually configured the IP addresses on both machines. I basically want to transfer files, folders and documents between the two computers.
  5. JackMDS

    JackMDS Super Moderator<BR>Elite Member
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    Oct 25, 1999
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    Win7 when configured on peer-to-peer Network has three types of Sharing configurations.

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

    Home Network or Work Network = Basically similar(and better) to the previous methods of Work Group 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 with the same Work Group name while each computer has its own unique name.

    Make sure that the Software Firewall, AV, or other components of Security allow free local traffic on all Networked computers. If you use 3rd party Security 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, http://www.ezlan.net/faq.html#trusted

    Please Note that some 3rd party Software Firewalls/AV/Security suits 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.
    If end up with the 3rd party software uninstalled or disabled, make sure that Windows native Firewall is On .
    If your network is comprised of Win 7 only and you want a simple Network, use this.
    After configuring the Homegroup scroll down to the Permission/Security section.
    Networking Win 7 with other version of Windows as Work Network (works very well if all computers are Win 7 too).
    In the Network Center, clicking on the Network type opens the window to the right.
    Choose your type of Network. Notice the check mark at the bottom, and check/uncheck it according to your needs.


    Win 7 - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Networking-home-computers-running-different-versions-of-Windows

    Win 7 Work Network specific folder sharing - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windows7/windows7_sharing.htm

    Vista File and Printer Sharing- http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727037.aspx

    Windows XP File Sharing - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;304040

    In Win XP Pro with simple sharing Off, you can Visually see the Permission/Security setting , and configure them to your liking.


    Printer Sharing XP - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/honeycutt_july2.mspx

    Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/875357

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

    If you have Permission and Security issues with Vista/Win7, check the following settings.

    Point to the a Folder that meant to to be share. Right click and choose properties.

    In the properties, Click on the Security tab shown in the pic bellow to the right) and check that the users and their permission (shown in the pic bellow center and left) are correctly configured. Then do the same to the Permission tab.

    This screen shot is from Win 7, Vista's menus are similar.


    In both the Security panel, and the Permission panel you have to highlight each User/Group and examine that the Permission Controls are checked correctly.

    When everything is OK, Reboot the Network (Router, and computer).

    * Note
    . The Groups and Users shown in the screen-shoot are just an example. Your list will look the way your system is configured.

    . All users that are allowed to share need to have account onall the computers that they are allowed to connect to.

    is an account, it means a group of all of the users that already have an account and been established as users. It is available to avoid the need of configuring permission to each on its own, it does not mean
    that feel that they would like to login.

  6. Kenmitch

    Kenmitch Diamond Member

    Oct 10, 1999
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    Don't you need to use a crossover cable doing it that way?
  7. imagoon

    imagoon Diamond Member

    Feb 19, 2003
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    Not with Gig cards. 100mb yes you do.
  8. mammador

    mammador Platinum Member

    Dec 9, 2010
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    In older NICs, yes, but nowadays a standard Ethernet cable will do.

    That said, I managed to figure the process out. Each computer requires a set IP address, as this IP address is used to share files via accessing Start-Run on either machine.