[SOLVED] Newbie help please? SOLVED!

Sep 9, 2023
Hey guys - I'm new here and am new to networking computers. From speaking with others I know you'll need certain details about my hardware so here's my story...

I have some expensive software on an older Vista machine that works flawlessly with the exception of the internet. I do graphics and web design, so I have Photoshop, and a couple other editing programs. They are paid and owned versions, not subscriptions. But they don't work on newer versions of Windows. Same same for some audio recording software I have. Expensive stuff, but won't work on newer versions of Windows. I also have an older version of Office that's paid for - not subscription. Doesn't work on newer versions.

So I have gotten a new computer with Windows 10 Pro on it. What I need to do is connect the 2 computers together so I can access them both from the same monitor using the same mouse/KB. I want to use the new computer for everyday internet and business stuff, and use the older one for my graphics, music etc. But I need to be able to get the files from one computer to the other and back without issue. I also need to be able to use both computers for their intentions.


I create a masterpiece of art in Photoshop on the Vista machine. I want to post it on the internet for the world to admire, but the Vista machine is not connected to the internet. The Win10 machine is. So I need to get the file from Vista over to 10 and use 10 to share it with the world.

Then, I have a client. He sends me a picture via Dropbox that he wants edited. Since 10 is connected to the internet and Vista is not, the picture ends up on 10. But I can only edit it in Vista. So I have to get the picture over to Vista, edit it, get it back to 10 and Dropbox it back to the client.

Sounds complicated - I know. But I'm a cheap bastard that doesn't want to pay for what I already have.

Both computers are full size desktop towers - not laptops. And there is no issue with having them wired together. I have a router. It has several Ethernet plugs in the back, if that matters. The new computer has not been hooked up at all yet - still in the box.

My plan for sharing the KB/Mouse and monitor is as follows:
The KB/Mouse are wireless and both computers have USB ports on the front so I can just move the bugs from one to the other when I switch. The monitor has 2 input sources that are isolated. I can hook up both computers to the same monitor using different input sources and switch between sources on the monitor itself. I looked into a KVM but most are HDMI - My monitor is not. I'm pretty sure my solution will work.

My questions are about connecting the 2 computers together. I've read a lot of different solutions, but I want to know the best for my needs. I don't need wireless. The towers are right next to each other, so wiring them is not an issue. I don't believe Remote Desktop is right for this. I keep seeing articles to connect the 2 using an Ethernet cable... but each computer only had a single Ethernet port. So what would I use for internet? I don't really want to use Flash Drives to copy and paste them. I know there's a better solution than that.

I have a TP-Link router that has 4 Ethernet ports on the back. Do I just connect using that?

Then once it's physically connected, how do I get them to "see" each other?

Sorry for the long post, but I know you need to know the details. I hope you guys can help me get this up and runnin. But go easy - I don't understand big words... lol.

Thanks and HI!

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Sep 9, 2023
Update: I've hooked up the W10 box. Everything is running well. Transfering the KB/Mouse bugs works well as does changing input source for the monitor.

I connected to the router to get internet because I needed to for some set-up BS windows wanted, so that side of things is up and running. Now all I have to do is connect the 2 comps together.


If the two computers are on the same network you should be able to set up shared folders between the two computers.

Start here:



First plan it out and keep the sharing simple.

Second set up some test files and ensure that the files are indeed accessible between the two computers.

Important, as always, is to ensure that all important files are backed up, proven recoverable, and readable.