By Fiona / Last Updated July 20, 2021

Access desktop from laptop for file transfer

Generally, some important company files and tools would be saved on a desktop computer. In your daily work, if you need to use some files on that desktop, you need to go to that desktop, do the same operation to transfer the file you need to your laptop. So how we find a solution to take place this inefficient operation?

Creating a shared folder in company LAN network

Creating a shared folder is a wise method to deal with this file transfer situation. If creating a shared folder in the desktop computer which saved many necessary files and tools, every computer which is in the same LAN network can read it, even write the files in it. It helps company’s staffs save time wasted in file-transfer and increase work productivity. Follow these steps to create a shared folder.

Attention: Only your company has a LAN network and all computers are in this network, this shared folder can be read and wrote by other computers.

Step 1. Choose the folder you want to set as a shared folder, right-click it and click “Properties”.

Step 2. Go to Sharing tab and click “Share…”

Share tab

Step 3. In the Network access window, choose Everyone and change Permission Level to Read/Write, and then click “Share”.

Network access

Step 4. Go to Sharing tab again and click “Advanced Sharing….”

Step 5. Check “Share this folder”, then click “Permissions”, and then allow Full Control.


Step 6. Go back to Sharing tab and find Network Path, record this path.

Step 7. Find the network icon on the right side of the system bar, right-click it and select “Open Network and Sharing Center”.

Network icon

Step 8. Go to Ethernet window and click “Change advanced sharing” and unfold “All Networks”.

Step 9. Find Password protected sharing item, and check “Turn off password protected sharing”. Actually, if you finish this step, this folder is successfully shared. Now, let’s focus on how other computers find this shared folder.


Step 10. Go back to Ethernet window and click “change adapter options”, double-click Ethernet and click “Details…”

Step 11. Find the IPv4 Address and record its value. And change the computer name of the recorded path into this IP address value, this new path is the shared folder’s path.

Ipv4 address

Step 12. On another computer, press Windows key and R to open Run Box, type the path of shared folder and press Enter, then this computer can read and write files in the shared folder.

Access desktop from Laptop for telecommuting

You may have experienced this situation in your career. Your boss needs you to deal with an urgent issue while you are on your business trip. This issue only can be fixed on your company desktop computer, but you just bring a laptop with you. So how to access the desktop computer from your laptop?

Get a free remote access software to realize remote work

AnyViewer is remote access software which can help you establish a stable and fast connection between your desktop and laptop. You can easily understand how to use it for its clean interface and easy-to-use operating system. Please feel free to download it.

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You can follow those steps to use it easier.

Attention: Make sure both Internet of your desktop and laptop is available.

Step 1. Download, install and run AnyViewer on your desktop computer and laptop.

Temporary code

Step 2.In your desktop computer, go to Settings>Recipient, make sure the following checkboxes are checked. And type your security code in the entry bar.


Step 3. In your laptop, type your desktop computer’s device ID and click Connect, and type the security code you set in your desktop computer and click OK. Then the connection will be successfully established. Then you can use your laptop to control your desktop computer which is in company.

Step 4. You have to turn off the sleep settings to make sure your desktop computer won’t go to sleep. Press Windows key and R to open run box, and type control panel. Then click Power Option in control panel. Choose “Change when the computer sleeps” in the left side of the window. At the “Put the computer to sleep” item, choose “Never” and save changes. Then your desktop computer won’t go to sleep.

Computer sleep setting