How To Network Two Computers in Windows 10

Posted by Matthew on November 27, 2018

Windows 10 users wanting to share files with other members of their household, or coworkers in a small office, often relied on HomeGroup, a technology that allowed you to share resources on a small local network. But the Windows 10 April 2018 update (version 1803) discontinued this service. You can still accomplish the same tasks, but as a replacement, you need to use the Windows 10 built-in sharing tools like OneDrive, Share, and Nearby Sharing. In this article, we’ll walk you through getting connected.

Sharing Files Using File Explorer

Sharing a file to someone in your house–or across the globe–is easy. Just open File Explorer (Windows key + E), and find the file you’d like to share. You can select multiple files if you wish. Then, click the Share tab, and you’ll see the Share button in the upper left corner of the window.


When you click this button, a dialog box will open, asking you to select the sharing method, which includes Email, Nearby sharing, or a Microsoft Store app.

Clicking on “Tap to turn on nearby sharing” will allow you to share with any nearby computer running the Windows 10 April 2018 update or later with compatible Bluetooth adapters.

Sharing Files with OneDrive

To share files stored with OneDrive, open the the File Explorer, navigate to your OneDrive folder, and right-click on the file you want to share. Then select Share a OneDrive link.


This will create a unique link to the file location in OneDrive which will be copied to your clipboard. You can then paste that link into an email message, or share it however you like. Only people with that link will have access to the file.

Below the Share a OneDrive link contextual menu item, you’ll find a choice for More OneDrive sharing options. This will allow you to set permissions for the shared file, including the ability to edit, setting an expiration date, setting a password, and sharing via social media.

For most people, these methods will be all you need to get those documents into other people’s hands.

7 thoughts on “How To Network Two Computers in Windows 10”

Clarence Hornung says:
The short answer is “you can’t network on windows 10”. This sucks, I wish I still had windows 7 on my computers. I think that was the best one Microsoft made.
Brian says:
Duh! I like the term who to share with when other PCs don’t show up. Even if they did the diaglog does not show users on other PCs so what are they taking about?
Jeff says:
Onedrive sucks. We need to be able to do the same way we did it with Windows 7.
mike says:
maybe Microsoft wants you to buy their server software
Nena says:
I have three windows 10 laptops and each of them created their own wifi connection to the same router. One is called UPC789, another UPC789 2 and the third one UPC789 6. All three connected to the same router and wifi network UPC789 and none of them see each other. So how to put them into the same homegroup so that they can see each other, when there is no option of creating a homegroup? Incredible.
aud says:
no homegroup on windows 10
lolwut says:
You lost me at Web network adapter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Disclaimer: Some pages on this site may include an affiliate link. This does not effect our editorial in any way.