How to access desktop files on my Laptop?

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  1. canada16

    canada16 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey

    I currenty have a Acer T180 with a 4400+ athlon, which I do all my major work on like downloading and stuff, which requires me to leave my PC on overnight.

    Now I have a Laptop Dell XPS1530 which I use for watching movies and music and just general stuff.

    How can I access my destop files on my laptop with using a flash drive all the time, is there a way?

    My Lappy has Bluetooth, but my desktop does not.

    It is all working by a Netgear router.

    Can someone please let me know if this is possible.
     
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    royk50 times being what they are

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    not sure what you mean by "using a flash drive all the time" maybe you omitted "without" ?

    you can set up a shared folder on your desktop (preferably not the desktop) and you should be able to access it with your laptop.

    you will need to set up a workgroup
    and give proper credentials and permissions, but it shouldn't be too difficult.
    google "setting up a home network" or something to that effect

    can try this
     
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    vinumsv MobileFreak™

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    Or Just use Tools like HFS , it works great in WLan Networks :D
     
  4. canada16

    canada16 Notebook Evangelist

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    See im computer stupid when it comes to tech stuff.

    I will check out that program and hopefully it will show me how or do it for me.

    And by flash drive I mean, transfering my files from my desktop onto the flash drive and then putting them on my lappy.

    Thanks guys will have a look.
     
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    canada16 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hey

    Used that program and it gave me a IP address to get the files, but looked on my laptop and my IE or FF could not find the IP.

    Any thoughts about this program.

    It got to be simple, were my files get logged on line and I just put in the address and viola there are my files?

    Thanks
     
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    canada16 Notebook Evangelist

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    royk50 times being what they are

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    if your desktop is running an http server, than you will to open port 80 on your desktop firewall, let me just say you should limit it to the local network (192.x.x.x or 10.x.x.x) and you should configure the http server on what files to share.
     
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    Royk50 has already answered your question, use google for more info.
     
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    canada16 Notebook Evangelist

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    Yes he might have answered my question, but as I said im not very technical when it comes to computers, so when you talking about certain ip 80xxxx or 192xxx and to change the server to 80xxx I was kinda lost.

    Im not sure how to do it, looked on line but everywere I look it seems quite complicated.

    I know Im quite new to this, but just asking.

    Thanks for the support guys, but please treat me like a guy who has never looked at a computer before.
     
  10. naton

    naton Notebook Virtuoso

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    you want to access the files on your desktop in your laptop. the easy way to do it is to create a folder in your desktop and put inside it all the files that you want to share.
    Once this is done then right clidk on that folder, select the sharing folder and activate the '...I want to share this folder...'
    Turn both computers off, then ON again. Now if you go to 'my network places' from your laptop, you should be able to see your desktop in the list of computers and the shared folder you've created in the first step.

    P.S. In order to share both computers need to be in the same workgroup.
    This is how to do it under Windows XP.
    1-right click in 'my computer' and select 'properties'
    2- go to the 'computer name' tab
    3- click 'change'
    4- give a name to your laptop/desktop and change the workgroup name.

    The proceedures described here should be the same for vista.
     

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