By Ellie / Last Updated January 18, 2022

How to connect Windows 7 to Windows 10

“I have two PCs at home, a Windows 10 and a Windows 7. Networking them together has failed miserably. What is the simplest way to connect the two computers together so I can view files stored on Windows 10 from Windows 7?”

Two ways to connect Windows 7 to Windows 10

In this post, we provide you with two options to connect Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Option 1. Connect Windows 7 to Windows 10 via LAN cable

How to connect Windows 7 to Windows 10 via LAN cable? There are three things you need to prepare: a Windows 7 PC/Laptop, a Windows 10 PC/Laptop, and an Ethernet cable. Please note that the configuration steps on Windows 7 and Windows 10 computers are pretty much the same. So here, we’ll take Windows 10 as an example. You just need to follow the same steps to configure our Windows 7 PC.

Step 1. Press WIN + R, enter “control panel” and then click OK to open Control Panel.

Run Control Panel

Step 2. Navigate here: Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.

Network and Sharing Centers

Step 3. Click Change adapter settings.

Change Adapter Setting

Step 4. In the automatically pop-up Network Connections window, find your network. Usually, but not necessarily, the connection will be called Ethernet. Right-click it and then click Properties.

Network Properties

Step 5. Tick Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.

Internet Protocol Version 4

Step 6. Turn on Use the following IP address in the General tab, change the IP address, and set the Subnet mask to the following.

IP Address and Subnet Mask

Note: On your Windows 7 computer, set the IP address and the Subnet mask to the following:

IP address: 192.168.0.1

Subnet mask: 225.225.225.0

Step 7. Then back to the interface in Step 3, click Change advanced sharing settings.

Change Advanced Sharing Settings

Step 8. Enable the Turn on network discovery, Turn on automatic setup of network-connected devices, and Turn on file and printer sharing options.

Network Discovery

Step 9. Click This PC, right-click on the drive you want to share, for example, Win 10 (D:), and then choose Properties. Switch to Sharing tab and click Advanced Sharing.

Sharing Disk

Step 10. Tick Share this folder and then click Apply.

Share this Folder

Until now, you’ve already set up your Windows 10 well. You just need to follow the same steps to set up your Windows 7. But please pay more attention to Step 6, the IP address used for Windows 7 is not the same as Windows 10.

After you’ve set up your Windows 7, you can visit the Network window from File Explorer, and the connection with Windows 10 should appear there. Double click it, and all the files and folders on Windows 10 that you have shared will be at your disposal.

Network Sharing

Option 2. Connect Windows 7 to Windows 10 using remote desktop software

The above-mentioned method is specialized for two computers that are under the LAN. But what if you want to connect a Windows 7 to a Windows 10 that is under a different network? For example, a Windows 7 at the office and a Windows 10 at home. Here we provide you with the second option. You can use remote desktop software, which allows you to remotely connect two or more computers located at different places and under different networks.

For example, the Windows built-in RDP, Chrome Remote Desktop, AnyViewer, etc. But if you want to use RDP to remotely access another computer under different networks, you need to forward the port, which is quite complicated. Therefore, here we’ll take AnyViewer as an example to show you how to easily connect a Windows 7 to a Windows 10 under different networks.

AnyViewer is compatible with multiple Windows versions, including Windows 7 and Windows 10. Using AnyViewer to connect Windows 7 to Windows 10, you don’t need to suffer the complicated configuration process. Next, let’s see how to connect Windows 7 to Windows 10 using remote desktop software AnyViewer.

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Step 1. Install and run AnyViewer on both Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Temporary Code

Step 2. On Windows 10, go to Settings > Recipient. Tick Set my security code and then set the permanent security code.  

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. On Windows 7 input the device ID of the host computer and then click Connect. Choose Input security code, then enter the security code and click OK.

Security Code

Note: You can also choose Send a control request to your partner if there’s someone sitting in front of the host computer.

Step 4. Then you can fully access and control Windows 10 from Windows 7 just like you’re sitting in front of Windows 10.

Remote Viewing Files

Conclusion

How to connect Windows 7 to Windows 10? You have two options under different circumstances. If your Windows 7 and Windows 10 are under the same network, then you can connect them either via LAN cable or remote desktop software. If the two computers are under different networks, then you can connect them using the remote desktop software. Choose according to your own situation!