How to Share Files Between IP Addresses

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Each Windows computer is assigned an IP address when you boot the operating system and log in to the network. You can use these IP addresses to connect to another computer and share files. This type of connection creates a mapped drive to the shared computer, so you can edit, delete and add files on the network Windows computer.

  • Click the Windows 7 "Start" button and click "Computer." A list of installed hard drive is shown in a newly opened window.

  • Click the button at the top labeled "Map network drive." A window opens with several options for the mapped drive, which links to your networked computer.

  • Click the "Browse" button. This button opens a new window where you select the location of where you want to link to the computer. Type the IP address in the text box and the drive to which you want to connect. For instance, "192.168.1.10\c" connects to the IP address and the computer's "C" drive. Click "OK."

  • Click "Finish" to map to the remote computer. The window closes and you see the new mapped drive letter in the window. Double-click the mapped drive. Notice the C drive on the remote computer displays all of the stored files.

  • Double-click a file you want to open. The file opens on your computer, but any changes made to the file are saved on the remote computer. You can also copy or delete the files from the remote computer.

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