We all have multiple computers at home and sharing data amongst them could be a tedious job. Just imagine, you were working on your laptop all night, and now your printer is connected to your home desktop. To get the work from your laptop, you either need to move your work to a flash drive and then transfer it to your desktop or you need to email it to yourself and then retrieve it on the other computer.
There could be thousands of other ways to transfer the data from your laptop to your desktop, but they all require one or different kind of hassle. If you are using a Windows computer, there’s an easy and efficient way to deal with this dilemma. Check out our Guide on How to Set a Personal home network.
Best Home Networking Guide to set a personal Home Network:-
Windows 7 onwards, Microsoft started offering a feature called Homegroup. The function does what its name suggests. It lets you make a central folder which can be shared with all the computers in your home (technically on the same network).
However, starting in October 2018, Microsoft disabled homegroup functionality in Windows 10. So if your computer does not have Windows 10’s latest update, you can make a homegroup and start sharing the files. But if you have Windows 10 on your computers and keep it updated, here’s how you can share the files and folders:
1. Open Windows Explorer: There are literally thousands of ways to do it; the simplest of them is to press Ctrl + E keys together. Select any folder of your choice and right-click on it.
2. Go to the sharing tab. Click on advanced sharing.
3. Check the next box which says “Share This Folder”. While you are at it, Windows lets you choose a different name for the folder which would appear on the other computers. For this example, we shall consider naming our shared folder “Home Folder”. Click on Apply after entering the name and then click the OK button right underneath w=the name for the shared folder.
4. Confirm if the folder has been successfully shared: There’s no trick to it. Simply access the folder and look at the bottom of the Windows Explorer. It shall show that the folder has been shared successfully.
5. Enable files and folders to be accessible to other devices: Even though you have successfully created a shared folder, you would still need to let Windows on the host computer (where the folder is stored) that you would want the files to be accessed here. To do so, go to “Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center”. Click on Change Advanced Sharing settings.
6. Ensure you allow File and Printer sharing on both current and Guest or Public networks. There is a possibility that you have marked your wifi network at home on your laptop and private on your desktop. Hence it is prudent to have File sharing enabled on both kinds of networks. Alternatively, you can change the network type to identical ones on all the computers in your home.
- Access the shared folder on the guest computer: Now that we have enabled the File Sharing for the folder, it’s time to access it on your laptop simply. To do so, simply open Windows Explorer on your laptop and click on Map A Network Drive.
- Enter the host computer’s IP address (you can find it easily by going to the command prompt and typing ipconfig there). Look at the below screenshot for more information:
In this case, the IP address for the host computer is 188.8.131.52 so we shall enter it in the map network drive prompt
By default, Windows expects you to have an account on the host computer and hence you must check the box which says connect using different credentials. Click on Finish, and you shall be prompted for your username and password for the host computer. Once you enter the required credentials, you shall see a new network drive mapped on your guest computer with access to the Home Folder.
You can choose to access the Home Folder without having to enter the credentials for the host computer by accessing the advanced sharing settings in the control panel.
However, it is not recommended as anyone who is connected to your network with a Windows computer would be able to access the files. Drop us your question/comments if any.