How to Transfer Files between two PCs using LAN/Ethernet Cable?

Sharing large amounts of data with your friends can really be a hassle if you don’t know of efficient and easy ways to do it. One way is you can use an external storage medium such as an external HDD, USB, etc. This way is convenient for most of us, best for the average users, regardless of the fact that it drains 50% of our precious time in the process. Think about it. first you’ve to copy files to the external media and then copy it again from there to another computer. Isn’t that a waste of time clearly? Here’s when you’ve to look for alternatives if you treasure your time. The best way would be the one which would consume the least time, and must be easy to get along with. This is only possible when you directly transfer file to the another Computer, eliminating the need of a third media.

Windows comes along with built-in File Sharing feature that can be used to share data throughout your network. Don’t worry if you don’t have a network, you can use this feature even by easily linking two computers via a LAN cable, or in other words, by networking two Computers.

This tutorial is really easy to follow and will help you in getting started with LAN file transfers in no time.

Things You Will Require

  • Ethernet/LAN cable (technical name: RJ45/8P8C)
    LAN Cable RJ45/8P8C
    LAN Cable RJ45/8P8C

  • Two Computers with Ethernet/LAN ports.

    LAN Port
    LAN Port

How to get things done?

  • Start up both the computers. You know you have to do this.
  • Network two of them with the LAN Cable. I mean to say, insert the jack of one end into one of the Computers, and obviously, the other goes into the second Computer.

    Sharing Options
    Sharing Options
  • You will see that both the Computers will recognize an unknown LAN network. Go to “Network & Sharing Center” and Enable File Sharing.
  • Go to “Network” (or “View Network Connections” on older versions of Windows).

    Network
    Network
  • You’d find the networked PC listed over there. Open it, and enter the Username and Password of the other Computer you’re trying to connect to.

For you to be able to connect to another PC, it is necessary that the User Account on the other PC has a password set.

Now you can view the Shared Folders of that Computer to which you’re connected.

How to share Folders over the network?

  • Right-click on the Folder and open “Properties”, browse over to the “Sharing” tab and click on the “Advanced Sharing” button.

    Folder Properties
    Folder Properties
  • In the “Advanced Sharing” dialogue box, Check the “Share this folder” option. Click “Apply” and then “Ok”. This may take some time  if you have a large number of files in that folder, just be patient.

    Advanced Sharing
    Advanced Sharing

You now know how to share a Folder as well as how to connect two computers to a Network and enable sharing. This is how you can easily drag and drop files between two computers and save yourself from bugging data transfers. Hope you liked this tutorial, if you have any queries, don’t hesitate to drop comments below. Smile

Remark: It’s a good measure to disable sharing of folders once you’re done with your work. I once forgot to do this after returning from a friend’s house and realized that my neighbors at my local network had access to my files, which they shouldn’t.

How to prevent slowing down of Windows over time?

It’s not something new to say that the computers get slower over time, start hanging, and ultimately crash. You would have heard many people quoting the age of the computer (or the most recent OS reinstall) whenever you ask them WHY IS THIS RUNNING SO SLOW?

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Some Windows XP tips, that you may not know.

Windows XPNo doubt that Windows XP is one of the best Operating Systems, but there are still some who don’t know much about it; just as normal Window. I am going to tell you five awesome tips which Windows XP users can try on their Operating systems. These are some untold tips which are hard to find on internet. These are:

How do I get the “Administrator” name on Welcome Screen?

– To get Admin account on the “Welcome Screen” as well as the other usernames, make sure that there are no accounts logged in. Press “CTRL-ALT-DEL” twice and you should be able to login as administrator. It will work fine just remember all accounts have to be logged out first.

Create a Password Reset Disk

– If you’re running Windows XP Professional as a local user in some work group environment,
you can create a password reset disk to log onto your computer when you forget your
password. To create the disk just follow these simple steps:

  • Click Start, select Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
  • Click your account name. Under related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.
  • Follow the directions in the Forgotten Password Wizard to create a password reset disk.
  • Store the disk in a secure location because anyone using it can access your local user
    account.

Change Web Page Font Size on the Fly

– If your mouse contains a scrolling wheel, you can change font size of the web pages while
viewing them. To do so:

Press and hold CTRL. Scroll down to enlarge the font size and Scroll up to reduce the font
size.

Create a Shortcut to Lock your Computer

You can create a shortcut on your desktop to quickly lock the keyboard and display. To create a
shortcut on your desktop to lock your computer:

  • Right-click the desktop. Point to New, and then click Shortcut.
  • The Create Shortcut Wizard opens. In the text box, type the following: rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  • Click Next.
  • Enter a name for the shortcut. You can call it Lock or choose any name you like.
  • Click Finish.
  • Now just double click this shortcut next time you want to lock your computer.

Instantly Activate a Screen saver
– Now you can activate a screen saver just by double clicking a shortcut on your desktop:

  • Click the Start button, and then click Search.
  • In the Search Companion window, click All file types.
  • In the file name box, type *.scr
  • In the Look in box, choose Local Hard Drives (C or the drive where you have system files stored).
  • Click Search. You will see a list of screen savers in the results. Pick a screen saver you want. You can preview it
    by double-clicking it.
  • Right click on the file, choose Send To, and then click Desktop (create shortcut).
  • To start the screen saver, double-click the icon on your desktop.

I hope you liked the tips. Do share your comments. :)

Tips by Arun, who works for Go-gulf.com, a web design Kuwait Company that provides web design solution in Qatar, Sharjah and Middle East.

Remove Internet Explorer from Windows 7

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Send Messages to Other PCs over LAN on Windows

Long since I’ve posted any PC tips, so here we go. This post will introduce you to the net send and msg.exe and tell you how to use it to send messages to other PCs which are connected to your LAN. :)

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Detect & Block Trojans Manually

Block Trojans
Block Trojans

Sometimes, even antivirus softwares fail in removing the trojans, or they don’t even get to know that a trojan is residing on your PC…

Here’s what you can do if that happens, and also manually protect yourselves from them and have some fun yourselves blocking them without using any other software :)

1.Get a list of Services that’re running on your PC…

The list of the processes that you see in the Task Manager isn’t the complete list of the processes/services running on your Pc…
To get the list of all the services that are currently running on your PC, follow these 2 steps:

  1. Go to “Run“(Windows Logo Key + R) and type “services.msc” and hit Enter.
  2. There you are! A complete list of services running on your PC would be there for you…And you know, this list can be used to terminate trojans that are residing on your PC!

2.How to Detect Trojans using it?

It’s really easy, just browse through the list and look for *weird* and *unusual* service names…most of the names that you find will be the ones that you might have came across before, like the words that begin with “Windows”. There will be a bunch of such names, and you can easily make out which one does what by looking at its description, and then note down the suspicious names.

3.Clear your Suspicion

Time for some research…time to see if your suspicions are really harmful or not :)

Try your suspicious names in the TrendMicro ThreatEncyclopedia and see if you get it there…If you don’t,then Google the suspicious  names, you’ll surely find them :D

If you find some positives, then carry on to the next step

4.Got the Culprits? Shut them off!

  • Right-click on the Trojan service and go to “Properties”
  • Click the “Stop” button.
  • In the “Start-up type” choose “Disabled”.
  • You’re done with it…

You have blocked a trojan manually, now the next time you turn on your PC, go  to services and check if it worked :D

Make Cool Run Command Shortcuts in Windows

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