Windows 7 to Windows 10 transfers via Ethernet cable

Teodor Nechita
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Despite being at the end of its life, Windows 7 is still popular among users and companies. That is precisely why plenty there are many cases where the two Operating Systems may even coexist.

Of course, in order to do so, data transfer between Windows 7 PCs and Windows 10 PC needs to be possible.

Fortunately enough, pretty much every option you can think of that involves data transfer exists. this includes sending and receiving files via a cable.

In order to proceed, you will need the following:

  • A Windows 7 PC or Laptop
  • A Windows 10 PC or Laptop
  • An Ethernet cable (the better the cable, the faster the transfer speeds will be)

How do I transfer files between PCs using an ethernet cable?

Once you’ve connected the two PCs via the Ethernet crossover cable, you will need to configure the subnet masks and select what folders that can be shared.

1. Configure the Windows 7 PC

  1. Go to the Windows 7 PC
  2. Press Start
  3. Go to the Control Panel
  4. Go to Network and Sharing Center
  5. Select Change adapter settings
  6. Look for Local Area Connection
  7. Right-click it and select Properties
  8. In the Networking tab, expand Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/PV4)
  9. Click Properties
  10. Click Use the following IP Address and enter an IP address
  11. Add a subnet mask

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/PV4)

2. Define what files can be shared

  1. Select a folder you want to share
  2. Right-click it and select Properties
  3. Go to the Sharing tab
  4. Select Advanced Sharing
  5. Check the box next to Share this folder
  6. Give the folder whatever control options you want
  7. Select Apply

share folder

3. Configure the Windows 10 PC

  1. Go to the Windows 10 PC
  2. Press Start
  3. Go to Settings
  4. Go to Network & Internet
  5. Choose Ethernet
  6. Select Change adapter optionschange adapter settings
  7. Look for Local Area Connection
  8. Right-click it and select Properties
  9. In the Networking tab, expand Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/PV4)
  10. Click Properties
  11. Click Use the following IP Address and enter the same IP address as the Windows 7 PC
  12. Add a subnet mask
  13. Press OK

Once you’ve set up the Windows 10 PC as well, you can visit the Network window from the File Explorer, and the connection with the Windows 7 PC should appear there.

Double click it, and all the files and folders that were shared will be at your disposal.

Did you think sharing data via the ethernet cable is efficient? Let us know in the comment section below.


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