April 15, 2005
Dear CNET members,
As a result of last week's Q&A topic on converting audiotapes to CD, many members submitted similar questions about converting records to CDs and VHS tapes to DVDs. I'd just like to remind everyone that we do have an archive of help and how-to newsletters that have previously covered some of these topics, so check them out.
Now for this week's topic on transferring files and sharing a printer between PCs. Kitty, I must say that you're in good hands with this community, because rather than having one winner this week, we have three. These three individuals, Nigel, James, and Jamie, have gone out of their way to give great step-by-step details on how to set this up for your computer. So I hope these winning answers, combined with the honorable mentions and other advice from our members, will get you printing and transferring files in no time. Thanks, everyone, and have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
I currently have a PC running Windows XP Home and a laptop running Windows XP Professional. I have a wireless network so that I can access the Internet on my laptop. My desktop PC is currently hooked up to the printer. What I would like to do is two things: print from my laptop and transfer files to and from both computers. How can I do this? Thank you in advance!
Answer by Nigel:
File and printer sharing are fairly simple, and since you already have a wireless network, you're half-way there. The good news is, everything you need is built into Windows--all you have to do is set it up...
Nigel B. of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Answer by James:
First things first. Make sure that My Network Places in shown on the desktops of both your desktop computer and your laptop, and that both computers are on the same workgroup. Make sure you go through...
James H. of McDonough, Georgia, USA
Answer by Jamie:
Before you even start to set up sharing on the computers, you'll need to configure your software firewall (and I strongly suggest you use one). A good, free option is ZoneAlarm, which allows access to and from...
Jamie T. of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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