Hi all.just thinking about setting up a networking system.I have a main pc upstairs connected to the internet via a ethernet cable into a belkin router 'Windows xp pro'.Now my good lady has a laptop 'windows xp pro'we already have it working on the wireless setup internet all okay.Now i was thinking about settting up the file sharing section i did it a long time ago but my mind has gone a blank,been through the wizard on the main pc and on the end it tells me to have a floppy disc in drive A. Well i dont have a floppy drive on the laptop,can someone please enlighten me please on this setup and if i do decide not to carry on how will i be able to disable the file/printer sharing setup?.Thanks all hope you can understand my question.daiol.
In basic terms, all you need to do is "share" those folders that you want to have available over the network, by right clicking and selecting the Sharing & Security option. Similarly, share any printers. Then ensure that any firewall software is configured to allow access to the networked computers.
Personally, I've never yet used the wizard to set up networking (I consider some of its options to be extremely confusing) and you don't need a floppy disk or USB drive to transfer settings from one computer to another.
Make sure everything is switched on and run the network wizard in control panel (not wireless wizard) on both machines and as are both XP Pro they will both default to workgroup so no changing required there.
before you go into a series of complicated settings this should do the job. on both computers, start, control panel, system, computer name, and change the workgroup from the default name to something else, must be the same on every pc. Then right click the folder you wish to share and go to sharing and security, click share this folder on the network, it will ask if you want to run the wizard, i wouldnt bother.
Thankyou all for the info,Just to update matters.If i was to right click on a specific folder that i wanted to share ' i would select the security & share this folder and also do the same to my default printer that is on my main pc'.Now when i get to my laptop downstairs what do i have to do there to access the folder and printer i selected on my main pc??.Thankyou.