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File and Application Sharing - Wireless Netwok

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Recently I setup a wireless network between my desktop PC and a notebook in order to share folders and peripherals. The problem I have is when I make a shared folder or drive at desktop PC, it does not display in ‘my network place’ in the laptop. How do I fix this problem?

In the mean time, I would like to run, for an example, MS Word or Excel or anti virus software installed in my desktop PC from my laptop. How could I do that?

Thank you.
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For the first issue, can you connect to the desktop at all from the laptop? What shows up in Network Places?

For the second issue, you can't run Word on the desktop using the laptop. You can install a remote control application like UltraVNC and remotely control the desktop from the laptop, but I suspect that's not what you're after.
Nothing in My Network Place

Thank you for your reply. “My network places” in my laptop does not show anything. In my desktop PC I see shared folders already made. I am using same workgroup both on my machines.
Can you share files in either direction?
When I make a folder shared in my desktop PC, the problem I have is, it is not displayed in “my network place” in laptop computer or the vise versa.
Let's start with the basics:

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

PING each computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. You can obtain the IP address of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG. This should work for any Windows version.

All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.
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on your desktop computer:

- click on start>run and type in cmd a command prompt will come up
- type in ipconfig and hit return, write down the IP address

go to your laptop:

- click on start>run and type in \\x.x.x.x where the x's is your IP address of your desktop (ie \\ and click on OK.
- It should bring up a window with the shared folders that are on your desktop. Right click on the folder and click create shortcut.
- it will ask you if you want to create the shortcut on your desktop, click on yes.

If it doesn't bring up the window with the shared folders then there's something else going on between the 2 computers.
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