How to Transfer Files From Laptop to Laptop on Windows 10

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to transfer files from laptop to laptop on Windows 10. There are many ways to transfer files from one laptop to another laptop.

One way to is to use an Ethernet cable. This cable is also called Local Area Network (LAN) cable. Routers, DSL modems, and FTTH modems come with an ethernet cable. You can use this cable to transfer files.

The other way is using WiFi. Yet another way is to use Bluetooth.

Transfer Files From Laptop to Laptop on Windows 10

Plugin the LAN cable on both laptops. Now, open Control Panel in Windows 10 of the laptop A and click on Network and Sharing Center as shown in the figure below.

In Control Panel, click on Network and Sharing Center
In Control Panel, click on Network and Sharing Center

In the upper left corner, click on Change Adapter Settings.

Click on Change Adapter Settings
Click on Change Adapter Settings

Right-click on your Ethernet adapter and select Properties.

Right-click on your Ethernet adapter and select Properties
Click on Properties

In the Ethernet Properties dialog box, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.

Ethernet Properties dialog box, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.

Enter the IP address as 192.168.0.1 and subnet mask as 255.255.255.0. Click on the OK button.

entering IP address and subnet mask showing how to Transfer Files From Laptop to Laptop in Windows 10
Enter the IP address and subnet mask in laptop A

In laptop B, enter the IP address as 192.168.0.2 and subnet mask as 255.255.255.0

entering the IP address and subnet mask in computer B
Enter the IP address and subnet mask in laptop B

Now, open the Run box by pressing Windows key + R key. Type ping 192.168.0.2 and hit Enter. The resulting window should show some text as

Pinging 192.168.0.2 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.0.2: bytes=32 time <1ms TTL=128

This output shows that the computer B is turned on and is responding to our pings. If you instead see Request timed out message then it most likely means that the firewall on computer B is blocking our ping requests.

Double click on Network icon on desktop to see computers on your network. Since we have wired two laptops with each there should be two computers.

Network window showing two computers in the network
Network window shows computers in your network

In my case, mycorei3 is computer A and adil_i3 is computer B. I want to transfer an ISO file to computer B. I would double click on adil_i3. It would ask me a username and password of computer B.

I would enter it and then I will be presented a list of shared resources of computer B. If nothing gets displayed then it would mean that the computer B has shared nothing.

I will copy and paste a file.

Copying a file from computer A to computer B
Copying a file from computer A to computer B

I’m getting 11.3 MBytes/s data transfer speed. It’s because both laptops had Fast Ethernet adapters. This adapter can support a maximum of 100 Mbits/s data transfer speed. The type of LAN cable can also affect data transfer speed. Most new cables that come with home routers are of at least category 5.

If you have some questions, feel free to leave a comment.

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