Sharing Program / System Files on WinXP

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#1

Does anyone know a way to enale sharing of program files accross a LAN, if it isn’t too hard to do? (I want to know for pure convenience)


#2

you mean so that someone on another computer can run the program from your computer, or just the sharing of the files themselves?


#3

more sharing the files, so that i can view + copy files in ‘program files’ of my computer that is downstairs. I dont intend to actually run any of the programs from the ‘program files’ folder on the other computer.


#4

Just make sure file and printer sharing is enabled on both machines as well as Client for Microsoft Networks, its a native feature in Win2k/XP. You will need a HUB and some CAT5 cable.

If this is not a LAN and you need to do it across a WAN, get an FTP Client and an FTP Server, and you should be all good to go. I use Guildftp’d and Filezilla.


#5

if the lan is setup, i’d run the networking wizard on both computers. then, sharing files is as easy as rightclick the folder -> share (and then pick a share name for it).

sometimes windows will not recognize shares immediately. i havent figure out why yet, but its happened more than a few times to me. don’t worry too much.


#6

I have the LAN setup, but try sharing the ‘Program Files’ folder, it doesn’t work.


#7

weird - i shared a shortcut - and it put the target to be the local program files, not the other machines.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/honeycutt_august13.mspx

that might help. i have enough network troubles as it is or i’d test it myself.


#8

YES! - it works when i share a shortcut - thanks. (it doesn’t actually work when you try to share the folder itself, or when u try to access the file by virtue of the fact it is on a shred drive).

aside from this i have another problem. I have a partition on an old PC with about 4 gig for music fiiles. can i play these using my new PC via the network through the same playlists , or do i have to make new ones.