16 replies on Sharing Between Windows XP and Windows 7 Computers

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very nice tutorial. I figured it out myself how to share files. One thing though, you don’t have to type the computer name before the user name if you set password protection to on. I just type my username and thats all.

  2. Anonymous says:

    even though you explained this perfectly, for my situation it still doesn’t work. ive tried ur method multiple times but still from both computers i didn’t see the other one. my sisters computer is xp and is connected to the modem and router. my pc is win.7 home and has the adapter. i had also tried other ways from other websites but they dont work. one weird thing is that from my computer i can see my sisters router but not her computer. i dont get any error messegas, i just dont see what i want to. i also need to use her printer from my computer, but i do it manually by email and USB card.
    i hope u can help


  3. KR says:

    Tried all you have suggested but still can not access folders and files on my XP PC from the WIN 7 PC.

    From the XP PC I can see and access/open all shared folders and files on my WIN 7 PC. Not a problem.

    From the WIN 7 PC, under “Netowrk” in the explorer browser I can see the XP PC and its shared folders but when I try to open the shared folders I get te efollowing error message:
    “XXXXX is not accessible. You might not have permission to use the network resources. Contact the administrtor of this server to find out if you have access permission.

    Not enough server storage is available to process this command.”

    NOTE: The “XXXXX” is of course in place of the path to the shared folder on my XP PC.

    The XP PC is not set to require password access and I have double-checked all the WIN 7 PC setting described in your tutorial but still not joy.

    Can you help ?? Please.
    Thank you.

    • Ciprian says:

      Have you paid attention to writing the computer name of the Windows XP computer before the username?

      • KR says:

        Thanks for your reply but as I believe I said in my original comment, I have not set the XP PC to require password access. Neither is the WIN 7 PC.

        I also have a laptop running XP on the network. The XP laptop has not trouble accessing folders/files on the XP PC. The WIN 7 PC however can not access any folders/files on the laptop running XP either.

        So both the PC and laptop running XP can access folders/files between one another no trouble. They can both also access folders/files on the WIN 7 PC but the WIN 7 PC can not access folders/files on either XP PC or XP laptop.


        • Ciprian says:

          Aaa.. more clear now. I think this is a matter of security policies. Many Windows XP machines have a security policy which prohibits network access to shared folders without typing an administrator password. The procedure to disable this is rather complicated.
          The easiest thing you could do is actually set a password on your Windows XP machine for the user account you are using and use that user account details when connecting from Windows 7. If you get to type a username and password, then that security policy on Windows XP will no longer be activated.

          Try it… it might work.

        • Stano says:

          I also had this problem until now. To allow access from Windows 7 to your Win XP without password just change the following setting in your Windows XP registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlLsa and change LimitBlankPasswordUse ‘s value from 1 to 0. Hope it helps

  4. georgia says:

    hi i need help i have a laptop with win 7 on it and a desktop with xp on it the desktop can see my files on my laptop but my laptop can not see the xp file i try from my laptop to get the file from the desktop and it wants a user name and password none of the pc have a user name or password on them my 7 is setup to not need a password to share can you please help me

  5. Michael says:

    Hi, I had alot of help from this tutorial regarding Computer Browser service. I had problems viewing content from my WD TV media box from a share on a win 7 professional pc. If I turned on an other PC, with win xp, in the same network, it worked fine then the WD TV found my win 7 share. But if the win xp pc was turned off, then the WD TV could not find the share.
    The solution was to turn on the Computer Browser service. Then it works.
    But I can not get the Computer Browser service to start automatic. It is set to automatic but after restart it is stopped. Maybe it gets stopped?
    So I have to turn it on manually everytime

  6. moehtet says:

    i want to know is how to setup a home group connection between windows 7 and XP. not work group

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  8. RosiePage says:

    There are several tools and software for sharing data between the Windows XP and Windows 7, but if you don’t have something like that, you can simply use the system Bluetooth for transferring data between two systems. You may visit Hotmail Support for more alternative options in this regarding.

  9. Connor McMahon says:

    You can always dual boot XP and Windows 7, like i do on my Optiplex 755.

  10. Joachim Johansen says:

    Make sure your that both computers have the same date/time.. if not it will not work. after changing backup battey on win 7 machine it resat it to 2009 insted of 2019 today… and this messed up everything. Check your time/date also

  11. David says:

    I think I have done everything you suggest, but I still have problems.
    I have one XP machine and 2 Win7 machines. Each Win7 machine can see the XP machine, but cannot see the other Win7 machine, and the XP machine cannot see either of the Win7 machines.

  12. Thierry G says:

    I could not get to share folders between Windows 7 and XP at first, it happened to be the router had the access point isolation (AP isolation) option on so I could not ping one computer to another.
    I got the shared folders to work for a few weeks and now I can’t see the shared folders anymore and I’m clueless about the problem.

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