Easy way to share Windows7 directory and read from Windows10?

  1. Posts : 23
    Windows 7

    Easy way to share Windows7 directory and read from Windows10?


    To migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10, I need to share a directory on the Windows 7 host. Read-only is fine.

    Here's what I tried:
    1. Windows7 server: Right-clicked on folder, Properties > Sharing > Share: Homegroup=Read ("This may take a few minutes")
    2. Windows10 client: Through Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center, turned on network discovery, opened Win7 server: "This folder is empty." DOS box > net view: no host listed either. Can't say I'm surprised.

    Is there a no-brainer way to read from the Windows 7 through Explorer? Like a FTP/WWW server but Windows Explorer-compatible (Total Commander, really)?

    Since it's a home computer on a 192.168 network behind an ADSL router and for a time limited period, security is really not an issue.

    Thank you.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.2364

    Here's the list of steps I use to set up a network
    A consolidated network setup checklist [post #4] - TenForums

    Best of luck,
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  3. Posts : 23
    Windows 7
    Thread Starter

    Thanks. As I expected, it's a bit too involved for me.

    I'll just copy the whole directory to a USB hard drive, and connect it to the Windows10 host.
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