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    Recognising network computers

    I have a desktop, Windows Home Premium, a laptop, Windows Pro and an external hard drive plugged directly into my router via USB. Both computers can read and right to the external (router) hard drive but can't read each others hard drive. The laptop also has an external hard drive I would like to read from the desktop. In addition, I would like to sync certain folders from my desktop with the network (router) drive.
    I know there are several actions here, any help?

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    WDH,

    I would recommend the following although there are other ways.

    1. Make sure both computers have the WORKGROUP set to the same value.
    2. Make sure both computers have an Identical Account on them {UserID & Password the same}, it doesn't have to be the one you use but I use the same account on my desktop and laptop (my wife's laptop has the same account but it's not the one she logs on to).
    3. Turn off HOMEGROUPS (do this by disabling the two homegroup services).
    4. Using standard sharing (e.g. Advanced sharing Settings} share the Drives/folders you wish to share giving access to the one account that exists on all the machines.
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    5. Reboot the machines and you should be good to go.


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    Thanks, I'll work on it.

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