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I am loath to admit that I cannot seem to accomplish simple file and folder sharing on my home network. Looking for some tips/advice.

I am looking to share files and folders between my desktop computer that is connected via ethernet to my FIOS network with my laptop connected to the same network via wifi. Both machines are running a version of Windows 10. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
 

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For me, for file sharing from PC to Mac, I use my OneDrive. It's kinda silly uploading to the cloud to download to another computer in the same network. But it's easier and more bulletproof than Windows and Mac Filesharing.

That said, I also have filesharing using the Win10 system that Thomas linked above and it works too (at least from PC to Mac).
 

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I am loath to admit that I cannot seem to accomplish simple file and folder sharing on my home network. Looking for some tips/advice.

I am looking to share files and folders between my desktop computer that is connected via ethernet to my FIOS network with my laptop connected to the same network via wifi. Both machines are running a version of Windows 10. Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
Chris. You shouldn't feel bad as Microsoft has done an abysmal job in this area and hasn't substantially improved it over multiple iterations of Windows. For awhile they had Homegroups but I guess they found people were actually using it and promptly discontinued it starting with build 1803 of Windows 10. File sharing is still possible and fairly simple. The basic steps should be as follows.

  1. Right click on the folder you wish to share
  2. Select Properties from the menu
  3. Select the Sharing tab
  4. Click on the Share button
  5. For private home networks, generally select Everyone from the dropdown box
  6. Click the Share button at the bottom of the box to create the network share
  7. Open Control Panel
  8. Select Network & Sharing Center
  9. Select Change Advanced Sharing Settings [top left]
  10. Expand the All Networks section
  11. Look for the Password Protected Sharing area towards the bottom. With this turned on, other computers will need to know the local account credentials of the sharing computer to access shared folders. If you trust everyone in your home with the shared folders it is best to leave this off
 

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I never got a Microsoft solution to work. Used LG SmartShare for a while, but it's buggy. Finally found Serviio--a free utility and it really does the trick well.
 

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I never got a Microsoft solution to work. Used LG SmartShare for a while, but it's buggy. Finally found Serviio--a free utility and it really does the trick well.
I use plex as a media server and have no issues there. What I am trying to do is share drives/folders/files between my desktop and laptop.
 

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