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Solved: File Sharing Between Windows 7 and Windows 10

Updated on Sep 18, 2019 by Brithny to PC Transfer

Summary:
If you are looking for ways for file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10, you can find solutions here. Among the several methods, we highly recommend you try the free PC to PC transfer software to easily completes file network sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Files Sharing Between Windows 7 and Windows 10

"I want to share files between Windows 7 and Windows 10 computers. I don’t want to use the USB flash drive, which is lack of enough space for large files. I am wondering if I can transfer files between two computers through the network? Are there accurate and complete instructions for this? Thanks for your suggestions." 

Many ways can be used to share files between Windows 7 and Windows 10. In this article, we will cover all the common methods to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10 by using free PC to PC transfer software, Windows HomeGroup, Share, OneDrive, etc. Select one suits your needs best.  

Method 1. Use Free PC to PC Transfer Software

The first and easiest way to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is using EaseUS Todo PCTrans. This powerful PC migration software enables you to moves data, applications, and account from one computer to another in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

For example, you can transfer Microsoft Office from one laptop to another, move games from one computer to another without re-downloading, move dropbox and to another computer, and more. 

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Step 1. Select the transfer mode.

  • Download and install EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both PCs.
  • Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on the PCs and click "PC to PC" on one of them.
  • Make sure your PCs meet the requirements of a smooth transfer and click "Continue".
select transfer mode

Step 2. Connect the PCs.

  • Choose the other PC by its device name or IP address and click "Connect". Then Enter the login password of the other PC and click "OK".
  • Check the transfer direction and click "OK" to continue.
connect the PCs

Step 3. Select the content you want to transfer.

  • Hover on the category (Applications, Files, or Accounts) and click "Edit".
  • Choose the specific items you want to transfer and click "Finish".
select the content you want to transfer

Step 4. Transfer selected items from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

  • Click "Transfer" to start transferring applications, files, or accounts from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
  • Wait for the transfer process to finish and then click "OK".
transfer data from Windows 7 to Windows 10
 

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Method 2. Use Windows HomeGroup

HomeGroup is used to be share files or folders between two Windows computers connected to the same HomeGroup via a network. If your Windows are in versions before 1803, you can use HomeGroup to finish networking sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10.

1. On your Windows 7 computer, type and search for a homegroup in the Search box. Click to open it. Then, choose "Create a homegroup" > "Next", and follow the instructions.

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - HomeGroup

2. Select what you want to share, and click Next.

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - HomeGroup

3. Remember the password shown on-screen. Now, go to your Windows 10 computer, which connects to the same WiFi or Ethernet network. Open HomeGroup on it, join in an existing Home Group. Enter the password you got earlier and click Next to join.

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - HomeGroup

Method 3. Use Share

Since the release of the April 2018 Update (version 1803), Microsoft discontinued HomeGroup. But you can still use other features to accomplish file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10.  

1. Open File Explorer on your Windows 7. Select the folder or files that you want to share.

2. Click the "Share" tab. Then, click the "Share" button.

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - Share

3. Select a contact, nearby sharing device, or one of the Microsoft Store apps (such as Mail). Find the process by following the on-screen directions to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - Share

Method 4. Use OneDrive

If you want to share files stored inside your OneDrive account, then use these steps.

1. Go to Open the OneDrive on Windows 7.

2. Right-click the file or folder that you want to share and select the “Share a OneDrive” link option to create and copy the shareable link to the clipboard.

3. Right-click and paste the link to share it on any email, social media post, or any other type of messaging system. Once the recipient receives the link, he can access the files on Windows 10 or other computers.

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - OneDrive

Method 5. Change Your Advanced Settings 

Change the following options for both the systems on the network in the advanced sharing settings:

Step 1. Open Network & Sharing Center

  • Turn on Network Discovery
  • Turn on file and printer sharing
  • Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders
  • Turn off password protected sharing

Step 2. Change Advanced Sharing settings

  • Click Start, click Computer and click on Map network drive from the options given under the address bar
  • In the Drive box, click the drive letter you want to use
  • In the Folder box, type \\server\share, where you can type the IP address of the drive to be mapped. For example, if the IP address is 192.168.6.xxx, you can type \\192.168.6.xxx
  • Click Finish

If this idea doesn't work well, try the next method.

Method 6. Use Command 

1. Press the Windows key and R key.

2. Type in the IP address of the drive to be mapped, e.g., if the IP address is 192.168.6.xxx, you can type \\192.168.6.xxx

3. Click "OK".

To Sum Up

On this page, we show you six methods in all to transfer files from Windows 7 and Windows 10. Although you may hear of HomeGroup, Share, or OneDrive very often, they are not easy-to-use as you can see from the steps. Therefore, to complete file sharing between to PCs, try the simplest and quickest way by using EaseUS Todo PCTrans in Method 1