To share a printer, on the computer that has the printer attached to it, go to control panel, then Printer and Fax folder. Click on the printer you want to share then click on Share this printer in the Printer task window on your left. Then, on your laptop, go to control panel and open your Printer and Fax folder. Click on Add a printer in the printer task window on the left. The wizard will open and you will click on " a printer attached to another computer" and then click Next. Click on Browse to find the printer and next. You may have to click on several folders to open them till you find the printer that is hooked up to the other computer. when you see it, click on that printer then set as default printer click next and then finish.
As far as sharing and saving folders back and forth to each computer, you should already have that ability if you are sharing the internet connection. On your main computer, you can go to My Document folder and click on Share this folder in the task pane on the left. Then click on Share this folder on the network. If that box is not available to check, you will have to run Network Setup Wizard to turn on file sharing on that computer. Just follow the Wizard instructions then you can go back and click on Share this folder again. Do the same thing on your laptop. DO NOT EVER SHARE YOUR ENTIRE C DRIVE, especially when hooked up to DSL or broadband. To open a folder on another computer, click on My Network Places and then click on the folder you want to open on the other computer. To save work from computer to another, you will click on File, Save As, Save In, arrow down to Network Places and find the other computer you want the document to be saved in. Other folders you may want to share would be My Pictures and My Music folders on each computer. Other than these 3 folders, I would not recommend any other folder sharing in the event someone gets on your computer over the internet.
Another was to share computers would be to Map a Network drive. That would be in the Tools menu when you click on My Computer. The wizard will pop up again and you just follow the directions. You can pick whatever drive letter that is not already being used.
Either way will work...Good Luck....
Submitted by: Toni H. of - Illinois
Hi Kitty. Both of those things are easy to configure.
Step 1. Make sure that both of your computers are members of the same workgroup. On each, go to Control Panel > System and click the Computer Name tab. You will see the name of the computer and the workgroup if present.
If neither computer is a member of a workgroup, it's simple to create one. Just click the Change... button, make up a workgroup name, and reboot. Use the same workgroup name on both computers. Note that it may take 5-10 minutes before one computer begins to "see" the other.
If you take your laptop to work, it may already be a member of a domain. That makes things quite a bit more complicated and beyond the scope of this forum.
Step 2. Set up some shared file folders. On each computer, open Windows Explorer and select a folder that you want to access from the other computer. (You can automatically share all subfolders of the selected folder if you wish. If other people use these computers, you might want to be a little careful about what you share.) Right-click the folder and select Sharing and Security. Click Share this folder on the network. Change the share name to something meaningful if appropriate.
Step 3. Map your shared folders as drives. On each computer, right-click My Computer and select Map Network Drive... Choose a drive letter and a shared folder on the other computer. Click the browse button to see all of the shared folders on that machine. Look under My Network Places > Entire Network > Microsoft Windows Network > your-workgroup-name.
Step 4. Set up a shared printer. This is almost the same as a shared folder except that you use Control Panel > Printers instead of Windows Explorer.
Step 5. Map your shared printer. On the other machine, in Control Panel > Printers, click Add Printer. You can browse for the shared printer on the other machine the same way you did for folders. To print a document, simply choose the mapped printer. For convenience, you can make the mapped printer the default.
Submitted by: Barry R. of Nashua, New Hampshire
Sharing printers and folders is actually quite simple. You OS Help and support section has a solution but it can get confusing at times so here is a quick way of sharing your printers and folders on a home network.
1) You first need to name you computers. We are going to connect to folders and printers using the computer name. First go to Control Panel/System. Select the Tab Entitled "Computer Name". Towards the bottom of the window, there should be a button called "Change". Click it and type in an original name for both computers. Make sure they are not the same name though. For all intents a purposes add your computers to the MSHOME Workgroup. You do this in the same area as where you named your computer. Select workgroup and type MSHOME. Click OK and your done. Now for the actual setup up for sharing.
2) You will need to enable sharing on your computers. This is actually done automatically for you when you first begin to share a folder or printer. So what you need to do on your desktop computer is go to you printers folder. Control Panel/Printers and Faxes.
3) Once here, right click on the printer you wish to share and select sharing. A window should pop up with two radio buttons, "Do not share this printer" should be selected by default. Click on the button next to "Share this printer". You will next have to name the printer. I suggest giving it the name that is displayed in your printer's folder. Click Apply. At this point you may get a warning saying that the name is not compatible with MS-DOS workstations. It will ask you if you wish to continue. The only time you would have to look at this is if you had a workstation running MS-DOS, so click YES. Finally, click ok to complete everything. Your printer should be all setup for sharing.
4) Next we need to setup the folder you wish to share. Locate the folder which contains the documents that you want to share on both your laptop and desktop PC. Here once again right click on sharing and security. Then Click on the box that says "Share this folder on the network". Once again name the folder. Click apply, wait for the computer to set permissions and then click OK. Your computers should now be setup to share files. You can access these files by going to My Network Places.
5) The final thing we have to do is setup your laptop to connect to the shared printer. Once again go to the Printers and Faxes Folder on your laptop. Click on File:Add Printer
A dialog box should pop up. Click next. Select "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer. Click next.
Select "Connect to this Printer (or to browse for a printer, select this option and click Next)". Type "\\(Your desktops computers name)\(Printer Name)" into the Name Box. Click Next, then select yes when it asks if you want to use this printer as the default printer. Click finish and you are done.
I hope this helped.
Submitted by: Jake P. of Somerset, WI, USA
In Response to your question on how to setup file and printer sharing with windows xp.
Since the computers are already on a network, it easier than you think. All you have to do share folders or printers, especially on an already running network is to navigate to the folder/printer you want to share, right click on the folder/printer and select properties, then click on the "sharing"
tab, select a network name for the folder/printer (you can call it whatever you want or leave the default name) and depending on how your network is setup, (I would assume its already firewalled and so-on) you'll probably get a prompt telling you to setup a network, ignore this prompt and simply select to just share it. Depending on whether you want to share only certain folders or if you want access to all the folders under a users id, you'll either want to navigate to c:\documents and settings and select the users id folder or select the "documents" folder under the users name (i.e.
c:\documens and settings\john\documents) select the individual files or folders you want to share and right click the folder you want to share select properties, click on the sharing tab, click on the "share this folder" box, and if you want to be able to delete or transfer files, or if you are going to be working on files back and forth, be sure to check the "allow network users to change my files". Again, ignore the prompts to install network (if they come up) and select to just share the folder. Then you're pretty much done. Setting up the networked printer on the laptop is just like setting it up as if it were connected directly to it. Go to the printers and faxes foldeer and select to add new printer, select the network printer button and let it search forit, once its finds the printer just select it and follow the prompts. You're all done. Now how to get to these newly shared files really depends on preference, you can create shorcuts to
the folders on your desktop,or wherever, or you can navigate to them
through the "my network places" icon (if its not already on your desktop you can put it there through the "customize desktop" button in the display properties dialog box. OR you can use windows explorer to navigate to them so you can see them all at once. Simply open explorer, double click on "my network places and there they are, all the folders, and files you shared out. You can adjust several different options beyond the simple sharing but that'll come to you as you get more comfortable and familiar with how and what you can share. If you really want to shorten up the process and be able to access everything you can on your home network, try sharing out the entire C: drive. that way you'll be able to see what can and cannot be shared.
Submitted by: Chris B.