If you've ever tried to network a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer with computers running Windows XP and you still have hair, you're one of the lucky ones. Because of changes in the security settings and OS, Vista and Win 7 don't like to play nice on a Windows XP network but chances are that you need to get at least two of these three operating systems to talk to each other so you can share data. Enter the How-To Geek website with a great set of instructions on how to amke this process as pain free as possible.For those of you not familiar with the How-To Geek website, its a terrific resource for, well, How-To guides on technology. How-To Geek strives "To be the best source of How-To articles anywhere, with content easy enough for beginners but useful enough for geeks as well." I've found that it lives up to this goal and has been extremely helpful as I've sought answers to questions on how to accomplish something on my computer.
For the Windows 7 How-To guide, How-To Geek states the following for the need for this guide:
Since there are three versions of Windows out in the field these days, chances are you need to share data between them. Today we show how to get each version to be share files and printers with one another.
In a perfect world, getting your computers with different Microsoft operating systems to network would be as easy as clicking a button. With the Windows 7 Homegroup feature, it’s almost that easy. However, getting all three of them to communicate with each other can be a bit of a challenge. Today we’ve put together a guide that will help you share files and printers in whatever scenario of the three versions you might encounter on your home network.
The Windows 7 guide includes detailed, step-by-step instructions and graphics to help you connect Win 7 to Win XP machines as well as Vista to XP and Win 7 and Vista. There are also segments on drive mapping and printer sharing as well.
So if you are thinking of getting a new Windows 7 machine but have held off due to the horror stories you may have heard about getting it to work with your XP network, check out this guide and take the plunge.