By Ellie / Last Updated November 23, 2022

Need to access files from another PC on the same network

“I have two computers (both Windows 10) and both computers are connected to the same network. I want two of them to have access to each other's files. Is there any way to do this?”

How do I access files on the same network in Windows 10?

Here in this part, the way how to access files from another computer on the same network in Windows 10 will be shown for you. Keep reading!

Way 1. Change network to private and access files from another computer

The PC that contains the files you want to access should change the network from public to private so that you can find the PC and then access the files. It is important to note that just some files can be accessed with this method.

Step 1. Press Win + R and then enter ”control panel”, hit OK.

Run Box Control Panel

Step 2. Locate Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Advanced sharing settings.

Advanced Sharing Centers

Step 3. Under the Private option, tick “Turn on network discovery”, and then tick Turn on file and printer sharing under File and printer sharing.

File and Printer Sharing

Step 4. Press Win + E to open File Explorer. And in the Navigation pane on the left, click 'Network'.

Step 5. You will see the devices that are connected to the network.


Step 6. Enter the network address for another computer in the address bar with the form “\\computer name”. (Enter “query user” in CMD to find the computer name) Or you can scroll down to find the specific one.


Step 7. Enter the username and password of another PC, and press OK.

Enter the Username and Password

Step 8. You will see the "Users" folder and have access to select files. Now you would know how to connect two computers on the same (WiFi) network on Windows 10. 


Way 2. Access shared files from another computer on the same network

Just as mentioned above, we only can access the "Users" folders with the last way. What if the files we want to reach are not in the Users folder? Don’t worry, we can share the folders in the following method, then we can access specific files. Now follow me to know how to access shared folder on network Windows 10. 

Step 1. Follow step 1 to step 3 in way 1 to change the network to private.

Step 2. Click Win + R and then select Network and Internet, locate Ethernet to find your network, double click on the network, such as Network 2.

Step 3. Return to “Settings”, click on Ethernet and then double click on the network

Double Click Network

Step 4. Scroll down and find your IP address, which will be useful later.

IP Address

Step 5. Press Win + E to open File Explorer, and then right click on a folder you want to share. Select Properties.

Important Files

Step 6. Locate “Sharing” tab, and click “Share...”

Sharing Share

Step 7. Choose Everyone, and then click on “Share”.

Choose People to Share

Step 8. Now your folder is shared. Click on “Done”.

Your Folder is Shared

Step 9. Click on Advanced Sharing...

Advanced Sharing

Step 10. Tick Share this folder and then click on “Permissions”.

Share this Folder Permission

Step 11. Tick Allow behind Full control and Change. Click on OK.

Permissions for Important Files

Step 12. Press Win + R and input the form “\\ipv4 address, like “\\” in the box on your own PC.

Enter the Shared Name

Step 13. Now the shard folder can be accessed.

Access Files Successfully

Access all files and apps from another computer

For how to access files from another computer on the same network in Windows 10, we need to change the network to private before the file sharing and just part of the files can be accessed, which makes it too troublesome. If you want to access all files & apps, you can take full control of the remote PC by using RDP. But if RDP not working or you need to access computer files over the internet, it’s wise to choose free 3rd party remote access software-- AnyViewer.   

With low latency and higher frame rates, AnyViewer can let you enjoy a fluent on-screen experience and near-instant response as if you were sitting directly in front of the remote device to access files and programs. And it is compatible with multiple Windows versions like Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2. Follow me and see more about AnyViewer.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
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 Important: With AnyViewer for iOS, you can access a computer from your iPad or iPhone as well. 

Step 1. Sign up for an AnyViewer account; install and run AnyViewer on the two PCs. Then, click "Log in" to log in to the same account on the 2 devices. And the PCs will be assigned to the account. 

Log in

Step 2. On your local PC, click "Device" and you can see what device has logged into the AnyViewer account. Locate the remote computer that you want to control, click it and click "One-click control" to achieve unattended remote access with one click.  Then you will access another computer in the same network or a different network. 


Note: To view the remote PC without its screen being seen by others, you need to upgrade to an advanced plan

Step 3.  After the connection, you can see the desktop of the remote computer appears on the client computer, as you were sitting in front of another computer and you can access files, restart it, open Task Manager, and so on. 



How to access files from another computer on the same network in windows 10? 2 ways provided above surely can help you realize file access. But if you encounter some issues in the process of operation, just try AnyViewer to help you easily access files.