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How To Send Files Between Two PCs In Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10


Sending files between two devices is quite common. We can share images, audios, videos, documents and anything using LAN connection. Removable disks can’t fill up our requirements if we need to copy large data. Windows already has built-in feature to do this operation, but most of us don’t know.

Sharing files b/w two computers using LAN connection:-

PATCH cables are used for this purpose as they have lot of advantages of using them. They provide fast transmission of data than any other traditional method. They usually throw data at the speed of 11 MBps. Unlike, which will copy data and from computer and then will paste it to other computer. The takes double time in copying and then pasting.

How to connect two Windows 8.1 LAPTOPs:-

First of all we will need:

  1. Two LAPTOPs
  2. CAT5 / RJ45 cables or PATCH cable

Steps to follow:

For first LAPTOP:-

1. Connect both computers using cable.

Connect both computers or laptops with both ends of cable.

2. WORKGROUP must be same on both PCs.

Steps you may follow:

Right click on ThisPC> Change Settings> Click on Change (Under Computer Tab)> Change the name to WORKGROUP (In workgroup section)> Click OK.

3. Assigning IP Address.

Open Control Panel> Go to Network and Sharing Center> Change Adapter Settings> Ethernet> Properties> Networking tab> Scroll Down and open IPv4 item> General Tab> Use the following IP Address and fill exactly same data:

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IP address: 192 . 168 . 1 . 10

Subnet mask: Auto Generated (Just Click)

Default gateway: 192 . 168 . 1 . 1

Click OK.

4. Changing sharing settings.

Open Control Panel> Go to Network and Sharing Center> Change Advanced Sharing Settings

i. For Private Profile:

  • Network discovery> Turn on network discovery
  • File and printer sharing> Turn on file and printer sharing
  • HomeGroup Connection> Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers.

ii. For Guest or Public (current profile):

  • Network discovery> Turn on network discovery
  • File and printer sharing> Turn on file and printer sharing

iii. For All Networks:

  • Public Folder Sharing> Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public Folders
  • File Sharing Connections> Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections
  • Password protected sharing> Turn off password protected sharing.

Save Changes> Sign Out> Sign in again.

5. Putting password on windows.

Hover cursor in top right corner to bottom and click on Settings> Change PC Settings> Accounts> Sign-in Options> Add and assign a password.
All done!

For Second PC:-

Repeat same steps throughout the process from 1-5, you only need to put different IP addresses on different PCs. This is how they will be identify each other.

For IP address:

IP address: 192 . 168 . 1 . 11
Subnet mask: Auto Generated
Default gateway: 192 . 169 . 1 . 1
Click OK.

Making folders sharable:

Now right click on any folder> Share With> Specific People> Choose EVERYONE from drop down menu> Click ADD> Click Share.

Your folder is now accessible from friend’s computer. Enjoy.

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Tips to share files between two computers:

  • Make sure the folder you are sharing does not have any accessing permission issue.
  • Make sure you have followed each and every step.
  • Put the computers undisturbed and don’t move them as the cables can disconnect and all your work can could messed up. However, you can retry again.

That’s all Dear Tech Geek. Let me know what problem you’re facing.

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