Setup LAN Connection to Connect Between Windows XP & 7 Systems

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In this article, we are going to learn how to setup a LAN connection to connect between two different computers, one having Windows XP Operating System and another having Windows 7 Operating System – by Peer to Peer (P2P) Network. If one machine have 32 bit and another with 64 bit, it won’t be matter as its has been fully tested by me. To make a LAN connection between two computers, its recommended to use a crossover cable as come older Network Interface Cards (NIC) doesn’t support straight cable if two computers are directly connected through it.

What we need

  • Two computers with Windows XP and Windows 7 operating system respectively (or vice-versa)
  • A crossover LAN cable

On computer 1

  1. Go to properties of My Computer (Win+Pause) > Computer Name tab.
  2. Press the Change button.
  3. Let’s name it PC1, choose Member of to WORKGROUP and press OK and restart computer.

    Computer Name and Workgroup on Windows XP PC1
    Computer Name and Workgroup on Windows XP – PC1
  4. Go to Control Panel > Network Connections > open properties of LAN adapter.
  5. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) > click on Properties > select Use the following IP address
  6. Set IP address: 192.168.0.1, Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0, Default gateway: blank, DNS: blank

    LAN IP Configuration on PC1
    LAN IP Configuration on Windows XP – PC1
  7. Press OK.

File and Printer sharing settings

File sharing

  1. Go to Control Panel > Network Connections > open properties of LAN adapter.
  2. Check File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks > press OK.
  3. Right click on any folder or drive that we want to share > click on Sharing and Security…
  4. If sharing a drive click on ‘if you understand the risk…drive, click here’ message additionally.
  5. Check Share this folder on the network, additionally check Allow network users to change my files for read-write access and press OK.
  6. The shared drive/folder will be visible to opposite computer’s My Network Places.

Printer Sharing

  1. Open Start menu > Printer and Faxes > Select printer and right click > sharing.
  2. Select Share this printer > press OK.
  3. The shared printer will be visible to opposite computer’s My Network Places.
File and Printer Sharing on both machines
File and Printer Sharing on – both machines

On computer 2

  1. Go to properties of My Computer (Win+Pause) > Advanced system settings > Computer Name tab.
  2. Press the Change button.
  3. Let’s name it WIN7-PC2, choose Member of to WORKGROUP and press OK and restart computer.

    Computer Name and Workgroup on PC1
    Computer Name and Workgroup on – Windows 7 PC1
  4. Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings > open properties of the LAN adapter.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) > click on Properties > select Use the following IP address.
  6. Set IP address: 192.168.0.2, Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0, Default gateway: blank, DNS: blank

    LAN IP Configuration on PC2
    LAN IP Configuration on – Windows 7 PC2
  7. Press OK.

HomeGroup & File and Printer sharing settings

HomeGroup Settings

  1. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center >View your active networks > Note the network profile (below the network name).

    Network and Sharing Center
    Windows 7 – Network and Sharing Center
  2. Open Control Panel > HomeGroup > Change advanced sharing settings… > Choose the network profile.
  3. Select Turn on/off network discovery as required.
  4. Select Turn on file and printer sharing.
  5. Select Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders.
  6. Select Turn on/off password protected sharing as required.
    HomGroup Settings 2
    Windows 7 – HomGroup Settings 2

    HomGroup Settings 1
    Windows 7 – HomGroup Settings 1
  7. Press Save changes button.

File sharing

  1. Open properties of any folder or drive that we want to share > open Sharing tab.
  2. If sharing a folder, click on Share > type Everyone > click Add (Change permission level as required).
  3. Press share > done > close.
  4. If sharing a drive, open its properties > Security tab > Advanced > Changed Permission.
  5. Press Add button > type Everyone on Enter the object name to select > press OK.
  6. Now allow or deny permission as required. Check Allow on Full Control for 777 permission.
  7. Press OK > OK > go to Sharing tab > Advanced Sharing> Share this folder (change permissions as required) > OK > Close.
  8. The shared drive/folder will be visible to opposite computer’s Network.

Printer Sharing

  1. Open Start menu > Device and Printers > Select printer and right click > Printer properties.
  2. Open Sharing tab > check Share this printer > press OK.
  3. The shared printer will be visible to opposite computer’s Network.

Please check the parent article for more information on computer networking: http://w3epic.com/connect-win-xp-win-7-win-8-server-2008-ubuntu-with-each-others

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