Connect two Windows 7 computers to share files


Do you have to share files between two Windows 7 operating system computers at your home or office? This is can be easily done by establishing a LAN connection between two computers and share files, folders, data without need of the internet. For such connection, you will need a crossover cable and of course two Windows 7 PCs that should be connected.

I. Enable Sharing on Windows 7 PC

First, you need to enable Sharing and Discovery of both the PCs with Windows 7 operating system.

1. Goto Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center.

2.  Under the section ‘Sharing and Discovery , enable the option Network discovery, File Sharing, Public folder sharing and others if needed.

II. Name Computer & create Workgroup

1. Goto Start and right click on “Computer”. Click Properties .

2. In the System properties window click “Change settings”  link at middle right.

3. At “Computer description” Give each computer a description (should not be same).

4. Click on “change” to change name of the computer and create a workgroup.

5. In the name option give it the same name you gave it for its description and in the workgroup section type in “New network” (Note: Names of the computers should NOT be the same, but Workgroup name should be exactly the same on both PCs)

6. Once you change these, you will be asked to restart the computer, so simply click OK at the prompt to restart.

III. Assign IP address to PCs

1. Open control panel, Goto Network And Internet >Network And Sharing Center

2. Open HomeGroup & click Advance Sharing Setting.In Home to work select: Turn on Network Discovery > Turn on file and printer sharing > Turn on public folder sharing > Enable file sharing for device > Allow windows to manage

3. In Public select >Turn on Network Discovery >Turn on file and printer sharing >Turn on public folder sharing >Enable file sharing for device >Turn off password protected sharing

4. After computers are rebooted we have to setup IP addresses to each PC. When Network and Sharing Center is opened, open Local Area Connection properties.

5. Scroll down to “Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4)”, click it and click properties button.  Then click on “Use the following IP address” and at “IP Address” type in an IP address e.g

6. Now both PCs must have different IP addresses, (make the second PC’s IP address After you set the IP addresses just press the tab button (and get a number in the subnet mask as, press OK.

Connect both PCs using cross over cable  and plug to each computer’s network card RJ45 port. Now will be able to see the computers listed in “Network and Sharing Center“. You are all set to share files!



  1. pawan kumar kumawat says

    can we share files between two system located in different place ,if so how
    reply plz

  2. can we share files between two system located in different place ,if so how

  3. Is it possible to connect to comps with different OS win7 and xp, just for file sharing, if can? how? Please help Thanks

  4. What happend if you create the workgroup and the computer also belongs to a domain? Is possible un-do the change and come back to the Domain configuration?

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  6. I got this to work, unfortunately i can’t access my friends files, when i try opening anything besides \\users\public\ i get an error about permissions, although i can’t set the permissions for him individually…


    Thank you very much………thank you.

  8. please whene i wanted to share files it asked me password both pc.
    please help….

  9. Thanks for your help. But here I can share only the public folder only. But no problem, it works for me. Thanks again.

  10. Good postering. thanx

  11. I am all set but in network folder i can see the other PC and as soon as I try to open it asks for username and password and viseversa

  12. Great article!!!

  13. Ha! This article just saved me, thanks ^^

  14. I would be interested to see an article such as this describing how to share files between linux & windows. I know there are many different linux distros out there, making one all inclusive guide difficult to write, but if one was written for a popular distro, such as Ubuntu, it would benefit a large (in linux terms) user group

  15. It is good news for me. I am gonna use it.

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