How to connect windows 7 to windows 8.1 via lan

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2024 by

In today’s world, having multiple devices connected to the internet is a necessity. However, sometimes it may be necessary to connect two devices directly to each other without using the internet. This is where a LAN (Local Area Network) connection comes in handy. In this article, we will discuss how to connect a Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 device via LAN.

What is a LAN connection?

A LAN connection is a way to connect two devices directly to each other without using the internet. This allows for faster data transfer and can be useful in situations where internet access is not available. In order to establish a LAN connection, both devices need to be connected to the same network.

Step 1: Check network settings

Before attempting to connect the two devices, it is important to make sure that both devices are on the same network. To do this, go to the Control Panel on both devices and click on “Network and Internet”. Then, click on “Network and Sharing Center” and make sure that both devices are connected to the same network.

Step 2: Connect the devices

Once you have confirmed that both devices are on the same network, you can proceed to connect them via LAN. To do this, you will need an Ethernet cable. Connect one end of the cable to the Ethernet port on the Windows 7 device and the other end to the Ethernet port on the Windows 8.1 device.

Step 3: Configure network settings

After connecting the devices, you will need to configure the network settings on both devices. On the Windows 7 device, go to the Control Panel and click on “Network and Internet”. Then, click on “Network and Sharing Center” and select “Change adapter settings”. Right-click on the LAN connection and select “Properties”. In the properties window, select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click on “Properties”. In the new window, select “Use the following IP address” and enter the following information:

  • IP address: 192.168.1.1
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Default gateway: 192.168.1.2

Click on “OK” to save the changes.

On the Windows 8.1 device, follow the same steps as above but enter the following information:

  • IP address: 192.168.1.2
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Default gateway: 192.168.1.1

Step 4: Test the connection

Once the network settings have been configured, you can test the connection between the two devices. On the Windows 7 device, open the Command Prompt and type “ping 192.168.1.2” and press Enter. If the connection is successful, you will receive a reply from the Windows 8.1 device. If not, double-check the network settings and try again.

Step 5: Transfer files

Now that the devices are connected, you can transfer files between them. Simply open File Explorer on the Windows 7 device and navigate to the files you want to transfer. Right-click on the files and select “Copy”. Then, go to File Explorer on the Windows 8.1 device and navigate to the location where you want to transfer the files. Right-click and select “Paste” to transfer the files.

Conclusion

Connecting a Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 device via LAN can be a useful way to transfer files quickly and easily. By following these steps, you can establish a LAN connection between the two devices and transfer files without the need for internet access. Have you ever used a LAN connection? Let us know in the comments.

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About the Author: Gulrukh Ch

Gulrukh Chaudhary, an accomplished digital marketer and technology writer with a passion for exploring the frontiers of innovation. Armed with a Master's degree in Information Technology, Gulrukh seamlessly blends her technical prowess with her creative flair, resulting in captivating insights into the world of emerging technologies. Discover more about her on her LinkedIn profile.

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