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?
Actually, accessing computer files on the same network or on wifi network in Windows 10 is very simple and here offer two ways to realize the goal.
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.
Step 2. Locate Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Advanced sharing settings.
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.
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, press OK.
Step 8. You will see the "Users" folder and have access to select files.
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.
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
Step 4. Scroll down and find your IP address, which will be useful later.
Step 5. Press Win + E to open File Explorer, and then right click on a folder you want to share. Select Properties.
Step 6. Locate “Sharing” tab, and click “Share...”
Step 7. Choose Everyone, and then click on “Share”.
Step 8. Now your folder is shared. Click on “Done”.
Step 9. Click on Advanced Sharing...
Step 10. Tick Share this folder and then click on “Permissions”.
Step 11. Tick Allow behind Full control and Change. Click on OK.
Step 12. Press Win + R and input the form “\\ipv4 address, like “\\192.168.163.128” in the box on your own PC.
Step 13. Now the shard folder can be accessed.
Access all files and apps from another computer
To access files from another computer on the same network or Wifi, 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.
Step 1. Download and install AnyViewer on both two PCs, on the client PC, input the device ID of the host PC, and then click on “Connect”.
Step 2. On the client PC, choose the first one “Send a control request to your partner” for the pop-up option, and then click on “OK”.
Step 3. On the host PC, click on the hook icon to receive the request control.
Step 4. Now the connection is successful, accessing files can be realized with little effort.
Note: If there is no one in front of the remote PC to permit the request, “Input security code” can be suitable for you.
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.