[How To] Safely Receive Files On Network PC From Other Computer or Laptop

by Rohit Khurana on November 29, 2012


Windows file sharing is a very useful features of Microsoft Operating system and it works fine on most new Windows OS versions including Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8. We have already shared with you the steps by which you can share files on different Windows version in our previous tutorials or troubleshooting article which are – Problem in file sharing between Windows 7 and Windows 8, between Windows 7 PC and between Windows 7 and Vista.

By default, most sharing actions are read-only which is very important for the safety of data on respective computers, but one of the fundamental problems with typical read-only sharing is that you have to initiate the copy operation on the PC on which you want to copy files. Consider a scenario where you want to copy files to a PC on the network without logging into it and performing the copy operation there. In this article, I will share a very useful and easy to follow workaround using which you can simply paste files to other PCs on the network on which you have access.


Safely transfer files on network PC

The idea is to create one unique folder with an appropriate name like incoming-data or incoming-[followed by PC name] for easy identification of PC on the network. So simply create a folder for receiving files on each PC, preferably in root of any drive (preferably non-OS partition). Once created, simply right click on the folder and select properties.

incoming folder properties


In properties window, go to Sharing tab and click on the share button.

file sharing

On file sharing Windows, enter Everyone and click on Add button.

add everyone

After you add  “Everyone” click on the permission in front of the added name and select the new permission as Read/Write and click Share button at the bottom of the screen.

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After everything is shared successfully, you will see a message like one below.

Shared successfully

This is it. To keep the safety of the PC in mind, always delete the items from the incoming folders on each PC after copying it to some other folder on that PC which is not accessible on the network. This will make the incoming folder like a mailbox which will keep your files until you find them and remove them from the mailbox and save them to some other location. This tip works fine on Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.

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