Networking and sharing Win 7 and XP?

  Simsy 11:47 26 Oct 2009


with apologies if the answers I seek are already here... I have looked!

I have bought Win 7 to install on my laptop, but haven't fininshed yet, because of driver issues, which I'm sure I'll resolve, however...

I've read that Win 7 can only network with other Win 7 PCs, not with Xp machines, ... Is that correct?

What I want to do is network a Win7 laptop with an XP home desktop. I want to share the printer that's connected to the desktop. Can that be done?

Also, I gather the Free verwsion of ZoneAlarm doesn't work on Win7. As a result I'm currently running Win 7 without a firewall. Assuming that I can network/share as indicated above, can anyone pointme to another free firewall, with instructions on how to configure it to allow sharing as I need?

Thanks in advance.



  BurrWalnut 18:43 26 Oct 2009

If you use the Homegroup feature, all the machines must be windows 7. If you use a workgroup you can share folders and printers right back to Win95.

I don’t know about ZoneAlarm, I just use the Windows firewall and the hardware/software firewall in the router.

  Simsy 19:08 26 Oct 2009

I didn't realise that there were two beasts, "workgroups" and "Homegroups".

Thanks for that. It will be a help when I get round to it!



  john bunyan 19:14 26 Oct 2009

I use Comodo (free) firewall on XP - I think it is OK in Win 7 .It has been fine, if a bit intrusive sometimes (have to hover over it when installing some programmes).There is a Comodo firewall forum that will tell you all you want.

  Simsy 19:22 26 Oct 2009

I'll get to it in the next few days. I'm tied up with other bits at the moment!



  Technocrate 08:40 15 Apr 2010

Sharing folders between two Windows 7 machines with the new HomeGroup feature is an easy process, but the HomeGroup feature is not compatible with Vista or XP. For this tutorial we are using Windows 7 x64 RC1 and XP Professional SP3 connected through a basic Linksys home wireless router.
First make sure both machines are members of the same Workgroup which by default is named Workgroup.
On the Windows 7 machine go into Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Network and Sharing Center then click on Change advanced sharing settings.
You will want to verify the following settings under Advanced Sharing Settings for the Home or Work and Public profile.
If you want any user to have access the public shares turn off password protection. This is located in Advanced Sharing Settings toward the bottom of the list.
If you want to keep it enabled make sure there is a log in account for the other XP machines and they have a password.
Now if you go into Network in Windows 7 you should see your XP machine and the Windows 7 as well which in this case is Mysticgeek-PC.
To share the printer on the Windows 7 machine go into Devices and Printers from the Start menu and double click on the printer icon.
Next double click on “Customize your printer”.
In the Properties screen click on the Sharing Tab and check the box to share the printer and type in its share name.
If your XP machine is an x86 OS you can install Additional Drivers before setting up the XP machine.
To find the shared folders and devices double click on the Windows 7 machine icon under Network. Here you can see the printer connected to my Windows 7 machine is shared and also the Users Folder.
Continue into the Users folder and Public to see the shared folders, here I also created a folder called XP Share just to keep everything in central location.
Over on your XP machine open up My Network Places to find the Windows 7 (mysticgeek-pc) shared folder.

Double click on the Share folder to find a list of shared folders in the Public folder on Windows 7. If you have password protection enabled you will need to type in the username and password of the user account on the Windows 7 machine first.

For More Information and help related to windows 7 issues click here

  Simsy 10:01 15 Apr 2010

I should have ticked this months ago!



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