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I have a Laptop (Vista) and a Desktop (XP)
Microsoft Office 2010 is installed on each.
I want to sync the Outlook Contacts and Calendars between the two computers.
Code Two Outlook Sync says it is the software to do it (free) but the two computers must be linked in a Local Network.
How do I create such a network?
Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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Thanks for your quick reply.
Don't the computers have to be connected by a physical cable? They both have wireless routers and connect to the same intenet hub. I wondered if they needed to be connected by an Ethernet cable. Synchronising files via the internet could be painfully slow.
How do I enable sharing?

PS I am a far-from-fresh man (77) living in Knutsford, UK, about twenty miles south of Manchester. Good luck in your studies.
 

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The preferable way to network computers locally is to connect them all to the same router, as TheShooter93 advised. Connections can be ethernet or wireless. Alternatively you could connect the computers via ad-hoc wireless or ethernet cable.

Synchronizing files by internet will be painfully slow only for large files or slow network access. But you said you want to use a program that only works on a LAN, so the internet is not in play for you.

Here is one way to enable file sharing on each of your systems.

Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro or Vista or 7.

Windows XP firewall (if SP2 or SP3) will be properly configured by the wizard (but make sure it is not set to "No Exceptions"). You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (up to 15 minutes) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro or Vista or 7.

Windows XP firewall (if SP2 or SP3) will be properly configured by the wizard (but make sure it is not set to "No Exceptions"). You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (up to 15 minutes) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.

Short description for Vista file sharing.

Go into the network and Sharing Center from the Control Panel or from the Network icon in the Notification Area. Your network must be designated 'Private.' In the Sharing and Discovery section you can configure File sharing, Public folder sharing (similar to Shared Documents in previous Windows), Printer sharing and Password protected sharing.

Vista requires that a user account be password protected before it will permit file sharing.

To change the Workgroup name: right click on Computer - Properties.

You must uninstall or properly configure any non-windows firewall (security suite).
 

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Thank ou. I will try this out as soon as I have an opportunity. There is some illness in the family at the moment, so it may be a week or so befor I get the chance to dedicate the time.
Thanks again, and I'll let you know how I get on.
 
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