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    Windows 8 (Desktop) & Windows Vista 32 Bit (Laptop)


    First off - Newbie here so please forgive me if this has already been answered

    Anyhow, I seem to be having a problem with gwetting the two to talk to one another beyond Windows Media Player

    What I'm trying to do is get the two to basically share ENTIRE DRIVES whereas files from one computer are accessible from the other (And Vice Versa) via Windows Explorer (Which would in essence make them available to other applications since they use the Windows Explorer interface to find & open files anyway)

    I've tried connecting the two using Homegroup on Windows 8 (My Laptop not surprisingly doesn't even recognize that) as well as from its Windows Vista counterpart. No dice

    I thought I had something going when the two seemed to talk to one another via Windows Media Player but all that led to was a sharing to playlists & other media files (I don't keep my media in those folders. I have NO CLUE why Microsoft thinks ANYBODY does)

    What am I doing wrong? Is what I'm trying to do even possible? I didn't have NEARLY as much difficulty a few years ago when my Laptop was new & I wanted to tie in my old (And now JUNKED) Windows XP Desktop PC (The Laptop was the PC I was working from of course)

    Any ideas?

    Cheers

    PC

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC Bigboy View Post
    First off - Newbie here so please forgive me if this has already been answered

    Anyhow, I seem to be having a problem with gwetting the two to talk to one another beyond Windows Media Player

    What I'm trying to do is get the two to basically share ENTIRE DRIVES whereas files from one computer are accessible from the other (And Vice Versa) via Windows Explorer (Which would in essence make them available to other applications since they use the Windows Explorer interface to find & open files anyway)

    I've tried connecting the two using Homegroup on Windows 8 (My Laptop not surprisingly doesn't even recognize that) as well as from its Windows Vista counterpart. No dice

    I thought I had something going when the two seemed to talk to one another via Windows Media Player but all that led to was a sharing to playlists & other media files (I don't keep my media in those folders. I have NO CLUE why Microsoft thinks ANYBODY does)

    What am I doing wrong? Is what I'm trying to do even possible? I didn't have NEARLY as much difficulty a few years ago when my Laptop was new & I wanted to tie in my old (And now JUNKED) Windows XP Desktop PC (The Laptop was the PC I was working from of course)

    Any ideas?

    Cheers

    PC
    Homegroups won't work for this.

    If you require full access to the drives on both machines then you would need to add "Everyone" to the NTFS Security Permissions per the link below.

    In most cases it's safer to use the Public folders to share between those two machines because you don't need to mess with the NTFS Security permissions.

    To share entire drives follow the tutorial.
    HDD sharing - Windows 7 Support Forums
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Windows 8 (Desktop) & Windows Vista 32 Bit (Laptop)
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