How can I share a network folder between Windows XP and Windows 7?

Levent March 18, 2011

I want to share a folder with only one computer without password on network. Is it possible in Windows XP? The computers are Windows XP and Windows 7.

Actually, I found a way in Windows 7, but when I try to add a computer, it doesn’t show all of the computers on the network, so I’m stuck.

  1. ***** *
    March 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm


    The best way to share one is first click Set Up a Home/Office Network in Network connections on XP and when is ask's you to put in a Workgroup name, on Vista And 7 its WORKGROUP does this solve ur prob?

    March 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Hello, the following link should provide all the information you need to share your folder between the two operating systems:

    Also, this following link explains the process both ways; from xp to 7 and from 7 to xp:

  3. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 7:02 am


    In order to establish the connection between the windows 7 machine and XP machine, try downloading and installing the Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) hotfix. Check the link mentioned below:

    Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder (KB922120)

    also can the computer ping each other?

    To do this:
    1.Get your computer name (Visit for help getting your computer name). In this example we'll be using Computer1 and Computer2as the computer names.
    2.On Computer1, Click Start, type cmd and press Enter
    3.In the black and white command box, type ping Computer2 and press Enter

    If you get Request Timed Out, there's a something blocking communication between the computers.

    To access the XP computer from Windows 7, you can:

    1. Type the XP computer's name in the Start > Search box in this format:


    2. Press WindowsKey+R and type the XP computer's name in the same format.

    3. Click Start > Network and click the XP computer.

    Easiest way, make both workgroups the same . windows key + pause under computer. Kill password sharing in windows 7. Right mouse on the LAN in Win7, open network / change advanced. Select turn off password sharing. Make sure turn network discovery and file sharing are on.

    Create a folder in XP share it. Tick simple file sharing if its off (my computer / tools / folder options / view). . Create a folder in Win 7 right mouse / properties / sharing / share. Select everyone up the top, change the bottom to read/write. Saves you mucking around with passwords, or entering ips in to get into the other folder. To make things easier if you want to copy install files etc. Go to start/run in win7, type shell:sendto, right mouse / new shortcut. Go to the networked folder add it. Then it'll appear under the send to context menu. Do the same with XP, except type sendto under start/run. And do the same thing

    If you dont have any other Win7 pc's kill homegroup. Computer, highlight homegroup / right mouse / change homegroup settings / leave homegroup

    If any firewalls are installed on either (besides windows), configure them