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6 Ways | File Sharing Between Windows 7 and Windows 10

Updated on Oct 28, 2019 by Brithny to PC Transfer

Summary:
If you are looking for ways of file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 on your own, stay here. This page includes 6 ways to help you execute this task in two parts: 1. Share with Network - 4 Methods; 2. Share without Network - 2 Methods.

Can I Share Files 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 share files between two computers via the network? Are there accurate and complete instructions for this? Thanks for your suggestions.

Do you have a clue on how to resolving this issue? On this page, we will cover all the common methods to share files between Windows 7 and Windows 10 in the below two parts. 

PAGE CONTENT:
Part 1. File Sharing Between Windows 7 and Windows 10 via Network (4 Methods)
Part 2. Share Files Between Windows 7 and 10 without Network (2 Methods)

Note: Provided methods for file sharing on this page can be allied to all Windows OS.

Part 1. File Sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 via Network 

Here, we'll list the applicable methods from easy to difficult so to save your time and energy. 

In other words, the earlier the solutions appear, the easier they would be for you to apply and transfer files between Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Method 1. Use PC Transfer Software

Applies to: Share and transfer files, applications, programs and games on all Windows OS. 

Advantages: one-click transfer, no data damage, applicable for application and program transferring

The first and easiest way for sharing files between Windows 7 and Windows 10 is to use powerful PC transfer software for help.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is one of these tools that enables you to transfer unlimited files from PC to PC in only 4 steps.

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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

See how to transfer your files from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or vice versa: 

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

Besides, you can even use this software to migrate applications and user account from one computer to another in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. For example: 

  1. 1. Transfer Microsoft Office from PC to PC
  2. 2. Move Dropbox to Another Computer

Other Tools You Can Also Try

Besides EaseUS Todo PCTrans, there are also some communicating applications that support file sharing over the network. For example:

  • TeamViewer
  • Skype

Method 2. Use Email

Applies to: Everyone who has an email account in all Windows OS.

Advantages: free

The other applicable and practical way for file sharing is email. The reason is that almost everyone has an email account in their daily file and jobs. It's a common way to share files via emails is in ordinary people's life.

Required: Two email accounts offered by Outlook, Windows Email/Mail, Gmail, Mozilla Thunderbird or Hotmail, etc.

You can follow the steps below to share files between your two PCs:

Step 1. Sign in with your email accounts on two PCs.

Step 2. On the source computer, go to Index, input the email addresses - From: your email address on the source PC, To: email address on the target PC.

Step 3. Click the Attachment icon, select the files that you want to share on your current PC.

Step 4. Click "Send" to start sending files to the target PC.

Step 5. On the target PC, go to Inbox, check and download the received attachment files.

Method 3. Use Cloud Drives

Applies to: File backup, File sharing on all Windows PCs

Advantages: Cross-platform

Cloud drive services also provide people with a great convenience for file backup and file sharing in all Windows and Mac computers.

There are many cloud services available online that you can choose to backup and share files, such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.

Here we'll take OneDrive as an example to show you how to share files between Windows 7 and Windows 10:

Share Files Stored inside OneDrive

Step 1. Go to Open the OneDrive on the source PC with Windows 7 or Windows 10.

Step 2. Right-click the file or folder that you want to share and select "Share a OneDrive link".

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - OneDrive

Step 3. Paste the link to share it on any email, social media post, or any other type of messaging system. 

Step 4. Once you received the sent link on the target PC, you can access the shared files.

Method 4. Use Windows Built-in Tools

Applies to: Share files between Windows PCs

Advantages: free

Microsoft Windows also has offered some built-in tools that allow users to share files between Windows computers. Here are three major tools that you can apply to transfer files between Windows 7 and Windows 10:

Tool 1 - Create Network Shared Link via Share/Share With

Step 1. Open Network & Sharing Center and change advanced sharing settings on the source PC

1. Right-click the Windows icon, click Search and type: network and sharing center, click to open it.

2. Click "Change advanced sharing settings", check the boxes below and save changes:

  • 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 publick folders
  • Turn off password protected sharing

Change advanced network sharing settings.

Step 2. Create a shared link for the files that you want to share

From Windows 10 to Windows 7:

1. Open drives in Windows 10 File Explorer and select files that you want to share with Windows 7. 

2. On the Windows File Explorer window, go to the Share tab at the top pane, click "Share" and select "Specific people...".

Select who do you want to share with.

3. Click the expand button and choose "Everyone" as the share mode, click "Add" to confirm.

4. Click "Everyone", and specify the access privilege as "Read/Write" under the Permission Level. And click "Share" to confirm.

Set access permission on shared link.

5. Right-click the shared folder path and select "Copy Link" as shown below:

Create shared link.

6. Send the shared link to the target PC via Email or other ways.

From Windows 7 to Windows 10:

1. Open drive or partition in Windows 7 Explorer, right-click on the folder or files that you want to share and select "Share with" > Choose "Specific people...".

Create shared link on Windows 7.

2. Choose "Everyone" in the drop-down menu on File Sharing, click "Add" to confirm.

Select target people who do you want to share with.

3. Click "Everone" and set permissions to "Read/Write" and click "Share" to confirm.

Set acess permission on Windows 7 for shared link.

Step 3. Access shared files on target PC

From Windows 10 to Windows 7:

1. Open Windows 7 File Explorer, click "Network".

2. Paste the shared link and hit enter to access the shared content.

Access files via shared link on Windows 7.

From Windows 7 to Windows 10:

1. Open Windows 10 File Explorer and click "Network".

2. Find the Windows 7 computer's name and double-click to open it, access the shared files.

Access shared files via the shared link on Windows 10.

Tool 2 - Use Windows HomeGroup

HomeGroup is used to share files or folders between two Windows computers connected to the same network. 

If your Windows OS stays in versions before 1803, you can use HomeGroup to share files between Windows 7 and Windows 10 with below steps:

Step 1. On the Windows computer, type and search for a homegroup in the Search box. Click to open it. 

Step 2. Choose "Create a homegroup" > "Next", and follow the instructions.

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - HomeGroup

Step 3. Select files and folders that you want to share and switch the Permissions buttons to "Shared", and click "Next".

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - HomeGroup

Note: Remember the password shown on-screen. 

Step 4. Go to Windows 10 computer and open HomeGroup: Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > HomeGroup.

Step 5. Join the existing Homegroup and enter the password you got earlier and click "Finish".

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - HomeGroup

Step 6. Access the shared files on the new PC.

If you Windows 10 has been updated to the new versions after April 2018 Update (version 1803), use the Share option to accomplish file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10:

Step 1. Open File Explorer on Windows 7, select the folder or files that you want to share.

Step 2. Click the "Share" tab at the top panel, and click the "Share" button.

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - Share

Step 3. Select a contact, nearby sharing device, or one of the Microsoft Store apps (such as Mail). 

file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 10 - Share

Step 4. Finish the process by following the on-screen directions to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Tool 3 - Map and Use Network Shared Drive

Tip: Both Windows 7 and Windows 10 must connect to the same network or LAN for sharing files via the network shared drive.

Step 1. Map a network drive on the source computer.

1. Right-click on This PC/Computer and select "Map network drive".

2. In the Drive box, click the drive letter you want to use.

Note: The drive should be big enough for saving the files and folders that you want to share. 

3. 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.

4. Click "Finish".

Use Network shared drive to share files.

Step 2. Save files and folders to the mapped drive.

Step 3. One the target PC, open File Explorer and type the IP address of the mapped network drive, e.g: 192.168.6.xxx

Step 4. Hit Enter and access the shared files. You can copy and save the files to your local PC.

Part 2. Share Files Between Windows 7 and 10 without Network 

Applies to: Share confidential files offline between Windows 7 and 10.

Advantages: free

If you prefer an offline file sharing option between Windows 7 and Windows 10, you can use three provided methods here without using the network:

Method 1. Manually Copy Files via External Storage Device

Note: Be careful while copying and pasting files. Improper operation may result in unexpected file loss.

Step 1. Prepare a big enough empty external hard drive or USB drive.

Step 2. Connect the external storage drive to the source PC, copy and save files and folders to the drive.

Step 3. Unplug the external device and connect it to the target PC, copy and save shared files to a local drive.

Method 2. Transfer Files via Image with PC Transfer Tool

The Image Transfer feature in EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows you to create a compressed image of desired files and folders and transfer to the target PC at one time:

For a detailed guide, refer to the link on how to transfer files from PC to PC without network for help.

To Sum Up

On this page, we show you six methods in all to transfer files between Windows 7 and Windows 10. 

For the easiest solution, EaseUS Todo PCTrans in Method 1 is the best one for all levels of users.

For manual guidelines, email, cloud drive, and network sharing are also applicable ways in Method 2, Method 3 and Method 4

In a word, to complete file sharing between to PCs, try the simplest and quickest way.