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


#1
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 :D

PC
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD RADEON
#2
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 :D

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 Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built
    CPU
    Q9650 @ 4.05 GHz
    Motherboard
    Gforce 780i SLI FTW
    Memory
    8GB Gskill DDR2 1200Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX-480
    Sound Card
    Asus D2 Xonar
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HannsG
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Gskill 120GB SSD
    PSU
    Thermal Take 1000watts
    Case
    Thermal Take Xtreme
    Cooling
    9 fans air cooled
    Keyboard
    G15 logitech
    Mouse
    G9 logitech
    Internet Speed
    50mbps

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