File Sharing Between XP & W7


W

wei

I have had two desktops, installed with XP Pro, that are LAN'ed
together, and have file sharing working just fine between them.
They were created with a single user - 'administrator', with no
password. Both boot up non-stop of course, and always have.

Now I have another desktop installed with W7 Ultimate, and a laptop
installed with W7 Home, LAN'ed with the others. Both were created
with a named user (ME), without passwords.

I quickly discovered that while I could share XP folders and files on
the W7 machines, I could not do the reverse until I created a new
named user (ME) on the two XP desktops, and until I created the same
non-blank password on all four machines for that user.

Now sharing is fine. Of course, I have to login at boot on all
machines with the password, but I accept that as necessary. But, I
wonder - I found no simple way to rename 'administrator' to (ME) on
the XP desktops. I did it by creating a new user (ME) there. But
then I had to re-create all of 'administrators' settings and icons
MANUALLY on both XP desktops. This was arduous to say the least.

Was there a way that I could have executed something to 'copy' what I
needed from one user to the other? All the desktop icons? All the
display settings? All the file associations? All whatevers?
Hopefully simple?

Be gentle please.

Wo XieXie Ni
Wei
 
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Char Jackson

I have had two desktops, installed with XP Pro, that are LAN'ed
together, and have file sharing working just fine between them.
They were created with a single user - 'administrator', with no
password. Both boot up non-stop of course, and always have.

Now I have another desktop installed with W7 Ultimate, and a laptop
installed with W7 Home, LAN'ed with the others. Both were created
with a named user (ME), without passwords.

I quickly discovered that while I could share XP folders and files on
the W7 machines, I could not do the reverse until I created a new
named user (ME) on the two XP desktops, and until I created the same
non-blank password on all four machines for that user.

Now sharing is fine. Of course, I have to login at boot on all
machines with the password, but I accept that as necessary.
Actually, both XP and 7 can be configured to auto login, in case
you're interested.
 
W

wei

Actually, both XP and 7 can be configured to auto login, in case
you're interested.
XieXie

I'll look at that. That at least would speed up my boots.
Know anything about the other?

Wei
 
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