How can I set up Wi-Fi file sharing between my desktop and laptop?

Shah Rishi May 23, 2012

I have no Wi-Fi card in my home desktop PC. How can I access my Windows XP desktop’s data from my Windows 7 laptop?

  1. Michael Nolan
    October 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    You need WiFi in both computers to share over WiFi. Good USB WiFi adapters (for your desktop PC) are readily available for $20-30 dollars online. If you do not have a WiFi router you can set up an AdHoc connection between you Laptop and Desktop PC once they are both WiFi enabled. Here is a good link to check out >

  2. Amit Sinha
    September 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

    if both devices have an wifi then you can create an adhoc network for sharing of files alternatively buy a cat5 pc to pc cable and connect your pc and laptop and in tcp/ip properties enter any ip address of same subnet in both just increased ip address by one in last segment

  3. Irshaad Abdool
    July 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    connect all the devices to a router, either wired or wirelessly,
    then create a shared folder on your windows XP, and browse it from your windows 7 laptop.
    You can also install WAMP (Windows Apache MySQL PHP) on the desktop. put the files you want to share in the 'www' folder. Start the Apache webserver. find the IP adress of your pc through command prompt via the 'ipconfig' command. from your laptop, connect to the network via Wifi, then open your web browser and enter the IP address of the laptop in the Address bar. you will get a page with your files on it to download.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Hello, if both your computers are networked this is really easy. Make sure that both computers belong to same workgroup and then just share the folder/folders you want shared. Once the folders are shared you should be able to see them from the other computer.

    Keep in mind that sometimes you will have to set and play with permissions.

  5. Bruce Epper
    May 24, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I am assuming both computers are connected to the same home network. The desktop is probably wired and the laptop is wireless. The way the computers connect to the network does not really matter, but I state the assumption anyway.

    You can use the guide located here to configure both machines to be able to share the files you want. You do not need to use your internet access to do this type of sharing.

  6. Windowsisbettr
    May 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Sorry, accidentally hit Send Comment.
    Then you can set up your XP's data folder as a Dropbox share folder- please keep in mind in order to share more than 5GB, you should upgrade or take advantage of their referral program.

  7. Windowsisbettr
    May 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    If you had 7 on both, I would recommend that you use HomeGroup. As it is, you can connect your desktop to a wireless USB card- here is a good one

    Then, you can set up DropBox, a free and easy way to share files in real time:

    • Jack
      June 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Can I use the Wireless adapter to connectto my smart phone?

      • Bruce Epper
        June 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        You can as long as your phone supports being set up as a wireless hotspot. You can check for an app for your smartphone to handle the task.

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