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How to share a copmuter via home network with only local account

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Ok, I'd think that this is a simple thing but I'm having issues with this anyways.

I have two computers on my network, one (PC1) plugged in with an ethernet cable, and another one (PC2) via WiFi.


I want to be able to access PC2's files through PC1. So I'm not talking about remote access. There are some problems though like the share button under properties menu is greyed out, or that when I try to connect to the computer that I can see under "network" it asks for credentials, and here comes another batch of problems. Both of my computers use only local accounts, and PC2 does not have password. Nothing private on it, just some music and DRM-free games. So when I'm trying to connect to PC2 it's asking for credentials, that I have not set up.


I did try

  • [blank] - [blank]
  • [Username] - [blank]
  • [Username] - ["password"]
  • [admin] - [blank]
  • [admin] - ["password"]


none of them worked.

I feel like I'm just being a dummy, but I can't figure out on how I'd be able to transfer files using File Explorer from one PC to another. I'm itching even more to do so with the new modem I got boasting 3100Mbps (combined) transfer speeds.

no idea what to put here

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There is a policy that stops you connecting to a PC without a password..not sure why they implemented that but they did.


Try setting a password on the second PC and trying again.


Do you have admin rights on both?

System/Server Administrator - Networking - Storage - Virtualization - Scripting - Applications

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Adding to above, set the password for the local account. You should then be able to access the share using your admin credentials for the pc2 IIRC. So for example set a shortcut on your desktop for eg \\ (pc2s IP address). The only other thing that both PCs should have is turn on network discovery IIRC  Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings

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