In the computer world, it can happen that operations considered simple by most turn out to be complicated for others. This is the case of transferring files from one PC to another, which is often referred to as child's play but which, in reality, is only child's play after having properly configured your computers. If you want to understand better what I'm talking about and you want to find out too how to pass files from PC to PC without thinking too much about what to do, follow the directions I'm about to give you.
There are basically two ways to achieve this: transfer files over the network, using Wi-Fi or a cable connection, or transfer files via external USB media. As for the transfer of files on the network, it is possible to use some integrated "standard" solutions in Windows or third-party solutions, thanks to which it is possible to exchange files with other computers, even those not connected to your network.
So, are you ready to get started? Yup? Great! Make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading this tutorial dedicated to transferring files between two or more computers and then implement the "tips" that I will give you. I promise you that, if you strictly follow my suggestions, you will be able to exchange all the files you want in a very easy and fast way. There is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and, above all, have fun!
How to Pass Files from PC to PC Via Wi-Fi
You wish to know how to pass files from PC to PC via Wi-Fi, so as not to have to resort to USB sticks and similar devices? Know that you can use both some very useful features built into Windows, as well as some great third-party solutions. Find everything explained below.
Sharing Files on Windows 10
Have you upgraded your PC to Windows 10 and, given that the HomeGroup function has been removed on the latter (much used in the days of Windows 7 and Windows 8.x), you don't know how to share files between two or more PCs? I guarantee you have no reason to worry, you can still share files by taking advantage of the sharing options included in the latest version of Microsoft's operating system.
For share files over the network on Windows 10, you must first locate the file you want to share, right click on it and then select the items Give access to> Specific users from the menu that opens. Alternatively, open theFile Explorer, select the file you intend to share on the network by left clicking on it, open the tab Share located at the top and, from the section Share with, select Specific users and then choose the users to share the selected files with.
If you ever need to stop sharing files and folders on Windows 10, all you have to do is right click on a file and select the items Give access to> Remove access from the menu that opens. Alternatively, you can stop sharing a file over the network by opening theFile Explorer, selecting the file you no longer want to share, select the tab Share located high and then press on Rimuovi access from the section Share with.
There are also "alternative" ways to share files on Windows 10. One of these is to share them through applications: to do this, open theFile Explorer, select the file you intend to share by left clicking on it, open the tab Share located at the top, presses the button sharing and, from the list that is shown to you, choose the application with which to share the selected file (eg. Mail, Telegram, Etc.).
HomeGroup (Windows 7/8 / 8.x)
Are you using an older version of Windows? If so, you can use the feature Home Group present on Windows 7/8 / 8.x (as I told you in the previous chapter, on Windows 10 this function was removed in 2018, after the release of the1803 update), which allows you to create shared folders between computers that are part of the same group.
I guarantee you that activating this very useful feature is not complicated at all, but before explaining how to proceed, make sure that the PCs you want to make "communicating" with each other are connected to the same wireless or cable network (if not, you can find useful information on how to proceed by reading the guide on how to connect two PCs), since this is the fundamental prerequisite for creating the home group.
After verifying that the PCs are connected to the same home network, open the Control Panel (all you have to do is type "control panel"In the Windows search bar and click on the first occurrence that is found). In the window that opens, click on the item Rete and Internet, click on the item Home Group to start setting up a sharing network and, in the window that opens, click on the item Create a homegroup to start the wizard for creating the home group. So put the check mark on the various types of files you want to share (eg. Images, Video, etc.) and then presses the button Forward.
Now you should see the password that you will then need to use to access the home group from the other PCs connected to the same network: photograph it with your smartphone or write it on a sheet of paper or on an electronic note and then press the button end per portare to finish l'operazione.
On the other PCs connected to the home network, then, go to Control Panel> Network and Internet> Home Group and, in the window that opens, presses the button Participate now to run the wizard through which to access the shared folders of the PC you previously configured and, as soon as you are asked to do so, enter the password of the Homegroup that was shown to you on the “first” PC (and which you should have photographed or saved to the clipboard).
Mission accomplished! From this moment the PCs are connected to each other and can be used to share files on the network: to do this, all you have to do is reach the individual network folders, which you can find by opening any folder of theWindows Explorer of Windows and pressing on the voice Home group, in the sidebar located on the left. If you want, you can also share individual files by right clicking on them and selecting items Share with> Homegroup (view) /Homegroup (view and edit) from the menu that opens. Easier than that ?!
If any of the steps are unclear to you and you would like more information on how to create a Homegroup, take a look at the guide in which I show how to synchronize folders with Windows: I am sure it will be very useful.
EaseUS All PCTrans
If the solutions included as standard in Windows don't satisfy you, you can copy files from PC to PC using EaseUS All PCTrans: an extremely easy-to-use software that allows you to transfer applications (including Microsoft Office and Adobe suite applications), games (including Steam games), music, images, documents, etc. from one computer to another using Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista and XP.
For clarification, it is possible to transfer data from 32-bit versions of Windows to 64-bit ones; from Windows 10 to Windows 10; from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 / 10; from Windows 8 to Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10; from Windows 7 to Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10; from Windows XP to Windows XP / Vista / 7/8 / 8.1 / 10 or from Windows Vista to Windows Vista / 7/8 / 8.1 / 10.
Data transfer can take place via a local network, by connecting the two computers involved in the operation via LAN cable; directly, using two discs connected to the same PC or by creating aimage with files, programs and accounts of the old PC to be used later to export the data to the target PC.
The software is available in various versions: EaseUS All PCTrans Free, which is free and allows you to transfer up to 2 applications and up to 500MB of data from a PC or disk to another; EaseUS Todo PCTrans Professional (with prices starting from € 46,95), which removes the limitations of the Free edition and adds the function of transferring Windows accounts from one PC to another, and EaseUS All PCTrans Technician (with prices starting from 370 euros) which, on the other hand, includes all the features of the Professional version and adds to the latter the function to transfer domain accounts and the possibility of use in the business environment, to offer services for multiple users in a company and provide technical assistance to customers.
To download EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your PC, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Scarica free. On the page that opens, then click on the button Scarica free, if you want to get EaseUS All PCTrans Free, or on the item free trial relative to EaseUS Todo PCTrans Professional and EaseUS All PCTrans Technician, to download trial versions of the full editions of the application. If you want to proceed directly with the purchase of a license, click on the button instead Buy it now for the version of EaseUS Todo PCTrans you are interested in and follow the instructions on the screen.
A download complete, avvia il file .exe obtained and, in the window that opens, click the button first Yes and then Install now. If you don't want to provide anonymous usage statistics to EaseUS, click on the item Customize installation (bottom right) and uncheck the appropriate box that appears at the bottom.
Wait, therefore, for all the components necessary for the functioning of the program to be downloaded from the Internet and installed and, at the end of the procedure, press the button Sign up now, to close the window and start EaseUS Todo PCTrans.
Now, to copy data from your PC to another using EaseUS Todo PCTrans, select an option from the sidebar between From PC to PC, if you intend to copy data to another computer connected to the same local network via a LAN cable, or Image transfer, if you intend to copy files to another PC using an image file generated by the program.
In the first case, you need to make sure that the target PC is actually connected to the same network as your computer and that a copy of EaseUS Todo PCTrans is running on it. Once the network scan has started (by pressing the button Continue), then select the Data destination PC, choose to transfer data from this PC to the other PC, select applications, fillet e account to copy and press the button Transfer, to start the procedure.
In the case of transfer via image, however, you must proceed in this way: click on the button starts, scegli l'opzione Create image, indicates name e position where to save the image, click on the button Confirmation and wait a few seconds for the system status to be analyzed and the summary of applications, fillet e account to copy into the image.
To change the items to be included in the copy, click on the item Modification related to applications, files or accounts and deselect the items you want to remove from the backup. Alternatively, if you want a hand to get rid of unnecessary files on the disk, select the item System cleaning and / o you Large file cleanup from the sidebar of EaseUS Todo PCTrans and take advantage of the tools integrated in the program to get rid of unnecessary files.
To conclude, click on your button Crea and wait for the creation of the image file to be completed. Once you have the image, you can restore it by starting EaseUS All PCTrans on the target PC by selecting the item Image transfer from the left sidebar, by clicking on starts, selecting the option for recover via image file and indicating theimage to restore.
Finally, I point out that you can only transfer programs from one PC to another using the function Migration App, always accessible from the sidebar of EaseUS Todo PCTrans. For more information on this, I invite you to consult the EaseUS website.
Sharing Files on MacOS
You want to share files on your Windows PC to yours Poppy? To do this, you must first make sure that both are connected to the same network and then you must perform the following operations on Windows. Open the Command Prompt (to do this just type "Command Prompt"In the Windows search bar and click on the first occurrence found), give the command ipconfigaward Submit and locate your IP address (eg. 192.168.xx)
Now go to your Mac, press the keys simultaneously cmd+k (from whichever screen you are on), enter the IP address you identified earlier in the text field Server address: (Eg. smb: //192.168.xx), come on Submit on the keyboard and then press on Connect. Then check the box Registered user, insertion il username and password you use to access the Windows PC and press the button Connect (please note that it may take a few minutes to connect via a Wi-Fi connection). When the connection is successful, the files and folders shared on your Windows PC will appear in the left sidebar of the Finder and from here you can copy files to and from your Windows computer.
To allow other users to connect to the Mac from a Windows PC, instead, do the following: click on the logo Apple located at the top left and then go to System Preferences> Sharing. Then select the option File sharing, pig sul sul bottone Opzioni ..., put the check mark on the items Share files and folders using SMB e Share files and folders using AFPselect l 'user account you want to use to share files on Windows PCs, enter the password to protect files shared on the network and then press the buttons OK e end. If you want more information about this procedure, take a look at the guide where I explain how to share folders on the network.
Other Useful Solutions
In addition to the solutions I mentioned earlier, there are others that you would do well to consider to pass files from one PC to another. One of them is Send Anywhere, a wireless file transfer service that is extremely easy to use and, what's more, is available on multiple platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.
The transfer of files through this service is done using numeric codes, which means that you will not have to go through tedious registration procedures to use them. You can use it for free either by using its Web version, or by installing its official client. Before explaining in more detail how to use it, I would like to tell you that its free version allows you to load up to a maximum of 10GB of data in 48 hours. To break this limit and to unlock all Send Anywhere features, a subscription to the Plus subscription is required, which starts at $ 5,99 per month.
To use it, you simply need to open your browser (eg. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) on the PC containing the files you want to share with other users, connect to the Send Anywhere site, press the button Send (+), select the file you want to switch to the other PC and press the red button Send to obtain the numeric code by which to receive the file on the other computer.
On the other PC (the one where you want to pass the file), then, connected to the Send Anywhere site and, in the text field Input key located in the box Receive, type il Numerical code to six digits that you have previously obtained, then presses on the symbol of arrow facing down and, as if by "magic", the file will be downloaded in a few moments. Easier than that ?!
SendAnywhere is certainly not the only service through which you can transfer files wirelessly. There are tons of others you can use for this purpose. Below you will list a few others.
- Google backup and sync (Windows / macOS) - this is a program made available by Google, which allows you to synchronize files and folders, using Google Drive. It offers 15GB of free storage which, by subscribing to Google One it is possible to increase from a minimum of 100 GB to a maximum of 30 TB, with prices starting from € 1,99 / month. I told you about it in depth in the guide dedicated to programs to synchronize files and folders, remember? Find more information on Google One also on its official website.
- dropbox (Windows / macOS / Web) - it is one of the most famous and appreciated cloud storage services, thanks to which you can share files and folders with other PCs quickly and easily: it offers 2 GB for free, but you can increase the storage space at 1TB and more, starting at 9,99 euros / month. For more information on how to use Dropbox, read the guide I published on it.
- OneDrive (Windows / macOS / Web) - this is the cloud storage service offered by Microsoft, which allows you to share files and synchronize folders both online and by downloading the official client for Windows and macOS. It offers 5GB of free storage, expandable to 50GB and more, starting at 2 euros / month. For more information on how to use OneDrive, check out the tutorial I linked to you.
- WeTransfer (Web) - is an online service that is particularly useful for passing large files from one PC to another. Its free version allows you to transfer files with a maximum weight of 2 GB, while with the Plus version, which costs 120 euros / year, the limit is raised to 20 GB. For more information on how WeTransfer works, take a look at the in-depth analysis dedicated to the service that you find on my blog.
How to Pass Files from PC to PC Via USB
If the solutions I have indicated above seem "exaggerated" to you, perhaps because you don't often share files, you can pass files from PC to PC via USB using keys or external hard drives. How do you say? Don't have a USB stick or external drive available? Well, then I advise you to fix it immediately: they are easily found both in electronics stores and online stores, such as Amazon. If you have no idea which USB stick or hard drive to buy, take a look at the products listed below or read the buying guide on the best USB sticks and external hard drives.