How to Share Files Between Computers in Windows 7 [7 Ways]

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In today's highly interconnected world, sharing files has become a necessity. Whether you need to share files for work purposes or personal reasons, effortless file transferring can reduce half of your stress. Let's explore some seamless and easy methods that would assist you in sharing files between computers in Windows 7, a broadly used operating system and highly known for its user-friendly interface, versatility, and convenience in file sharing.

By following the lower-mentioned methods, you can share files between computers with Windows 7 without any problem. Whether you are a regular Windows user or just a beginner, EaseUS will assist you step by step until your files are transferred without any data loss or other expected malfunctions in this detailed guide. So, keep reading to discover the most safe and easy solutions to sharing files between computers in Windows 7.

How to Share Files Between Computers in Windows 7 - 7 Ways

There are multiple methods of file sharing. Without any further adieu, let's explore some of the easiest ways to share files. In this section, we will discuss seven ways to share files, briefly explained in the table below:

🧰Workable Method 👨‍🔧Difficulty Level ⏰Duration 🚁Effectiveness

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Easiest 6 Minutes Highest

Nearby Sharing

Easy 8 Minutes Moderate

Shared Folder

Moderate 10 Minutes High


Easy 15 Minutes Moderate

Cloud Storage

Easy 20 Minutes High

External Hard Drive

Moderate 20 Minutes High

USB Cable

Moderate 15 Minutes Moderate

Keep reading below to find the step-by-step guide for each method that we have listed in the table:

Way1. Using EaseUS Todo PCTrans to Share Files

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Advantages of Using EaseUS Todo PCTrans:

  • This unified tool helps you save a lot of time. You do not have to install multiple software for each task. You can share files, applications, and accounts using this one tool. 
  • Not only for Windows 7, but it can also work for Windows 11/10/8.1/8 or Servers.
  • EaseUS Todo PCTrans not only helps you save time, but its user-friendly interface makes it a most reasonable choice. 

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By following the steps below, you can easily share your files between computers with Windows 7 without any fear of data breach or loss.

Step-by-step Guide to Share files using EaseUS Todo PCTrans:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers. Choose "PC to PC" to go to the next step.

Step 2. Make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction.

"New" - Move data from old computer to current new computer.

"Old" - Move data from current old n computer to remote new computer.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

Step 3. Connect two PCs via the network by entering the password or verification code of the target PC. Besides, make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction and click "Connect" to continue.

The verification code is on the right top of the "PC to PC" main screen on the target computer.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 2

Step 4. Then, choose "Files" to select files to transfer. Select the specific files as you want. What's more, you can click the Edit icon to customize the storage path for transferred data.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

Step 5. Now, click "Transfer" to begin to transfer files from PC to PC. The size of the file determines the transfer time. Wait patiently.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 5

Way 2. Transfer Files with Nearby Sharing

If you need to transfer the files with nearby sharing, remember that the processing time would depend on the size and the device's capability. 

Step 1. Make sure to keep the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi running on both devices simultaneously for a seamless file-sharing process.

Step 2. Now you have to right-click the file you want to share, select Share and choose Nearby sharing from the available options. 

Step 3. Accept the file by clicking the accept file transfer notification. The notification will be received after the transfer is done.

accepet the notification

Way 3. Move Files Between PCs via the Shared Folder

Follow the below-mentioned steps for easy file sharing via a shared folder: 

Step 1. Ensure that both computers are connected via the same local area network (LAN) through Ethernet cables or a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Create a shared folder on the PC with the files. Right-click the folder, go to "Properties," and enable sharing.

Step 3. The network path of the shared folder: PC_Name\Shared_Folder_Name. 

Step 4. On the receiving PC, open File Explorer, enter the network path, and copy/paste files between the shared folder and your PC. 

shared folder to specific people

Way 4. Try to use E-mail

E-mail file transfer is one of the easiest ways to share files seamlessly. By using the following steps, you can share files instantly via e-mail:

Step 1. Launch your preferred e-mail program or service on your Windows 7 computer. 

Step 2. By clicking the "Compose" button, generate a new e-mail. 

Step 3. Attach the files that need to be shared.

Step 4. Attach the files that need to be shared using the "Attach Files" button, and send the e-mail once the files are attached 

Step 5. Enter the recipient's e-mail; add a subject and message in the respective fields to ensure your e-mail gets noticed in the junk. Now send the e-mail.

The recipient will receive the files in the e-mail inbox, where you can download them.

email file send share

Way 5. Share Files Between Computers in Windows 7 through Cloud

Cloud sharing is a very well-known method, and it is very secure and easy. To share files using the Cloud, follow these steps:

Step 1. Download and install the cloud storage application, or use Google Drive or Dropbox.

Step 2. On your PC, open the Cloud. Select all the files you need to share with the second device. Now upload them on the Cloud. This would sync the files with the Cloud. 

Step 3. Login to your cloud storage on the other device to share the data. You can download the sent files via the Cloud and access the shared data.

transfer file via google drive

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Way 6. Moving data by External Hard Drive

To share files via an external hard drive, correctly connect the external hard drive to your computer with Windows 7. After making sure the drive is connected correctly, follow the below-mentioned steps: 

Step 1. By right-clicking the file that needs to be shared, select it. Now go to the "Properties," open the "Sharing Tab," and select "Advanced settings" from there.

Step 2. Select the "Share This Folder Option." Finally, grant it sharing access permission, and once done, press "OK."

Step 3. Now that you have successfully shared the file on the external hard drive, the users with the same network access it by typing \[your_computer_name][share_name] in the File Explorer address bar. 

move files via external hard drive

Way 7. Connect Two PCs with USB Cable

To share files between computers using a USB cable, connect both computers by plugging the USB cable into their respective USB ports. Make sure they are connected appropriately. Now start following the below-given steps:

Step 1. Go to the Control Panel on the first computer and select "Network and Sharing Center." Now from the sidebar, choose "Advanced Settings" from the available options.

Step 2. Now enable the option for "Turn on file and printer sharing." Make sure to save the changes before exiting the Control Panel.

Step 3. Use the File Explorer on the second PC to find the shared files to transfer files. Copy the files from computer one and paste them onto the second computer. It's recommended to wait until the process is done to prevent data loss.

transfer file with USB cable

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Why Need to Share Files Between Computers in Windows 7

Why do we need to share files between computers in Windows 7? Multiple reasons could require file sharing, and we have rounded up some vital ones as follows:

  • Back up and archive valuable data: It can be done when you need to archive, share, or back up essential data.
  • Migrate OS between PCs: Moreover, it can also be used if your PC runs out of storage space and the computer runs slow, so you can shift your data from one Pc to another in order to make enough space.
  • Share large files: Lastly, sharing large files becomes convenient through network sharing, enabling users to share documents, multimedia files, or any other sizable data effortlessly.

Overall, file sharing in Windows 7 enhances productivity, data management, and collaboration among multiple computers. 


In conclusion, sharing files between computers in Windows 7 is crucial for efficient data management and collaboration in various scenarios. Whether backing up valuable data, migrating OS to SSD, or sharing large files, Windows 7 provides user-friendly methods to facilitate seamless file transfer.

Individuals can effortlessly transfer files while safeguarding data integrity using helpful tools such as EaseUS Todo PCTrans. The capability to share files between computers boosts productivity and streamlines data backup, and facilitates seamless collaboration, making it a vital proficiency in our interconnected society. Download EaseUS Todo PCTrans and give it a try today!

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FAQs About Share Files Between Computers in Windows 7

If you have further questions about how to share files between computers in Windows 7, have a look at the questions and answers shared below:

1. How do I transfer files from PC to PC using nearby Share?

To transfer files from one PC to another, both PCs must activate Nearby Share and be close to sharing files. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1. Select the file to transfer, click Share, and then choose a nearby PC.

Step 2. Nearby Share is available in the settings menu. Once enabled, pick the file to move and select the PC you want your files to transfer and share them.

2. Can we directly connect two computers to transfer files? 

You can transfer files directly across two different PCs. Use ethernet cables to connect two PCs directly. Connect each computer's Ethernet port to the Ethernet wire. Open the Control Panel on Windows, scroll to the Network and Sharing Center, and select "Set up a new connection or network." Choose "Peer-to-Peer connection" or "Ad-hoc network" and follow the instructions to connect. Drag-and-drop files between machines after connecting.

3. How do I find my Network on Windows 7?

Follow these steps to find your Windows 7 network:

Step 1. Click the system tray's network icon in the lower-right corner. It should list networks. 

Step 2. If your network is not displayed, check your Wi-Fi and range. Check the Ethernet cord if you're wired. Examine your network adapter or contact your administrator if your network does not show.

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