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I have a desktop pc with Ubuntu and a laptop with Windows 7.

I'd like to transfer lots of files and archives from the desktop to the laptop. When I want to share a file, says I should install some Windows stuff and doesn't allow it because it is untrusted. How can I transfer all my data via Ethernet or something similar?

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Do you have admin rights over the Windows 7 computer, or is it a work computer or something similar? –  Chris Wilson Dec 2 '12 at 21:48

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You can connect both devices via ethernet. when you configure your eth- ports so that they are in the same IP-range (e.g. winows is 192.168.1.1, Ubuntu is 192.168.1.2), you can use Nautilus to access your windows-PC and move or copy your files and directories. Another option would be to use an external USB-drive or a cloud service like Ubuntu One.

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the ethernet-access system won't work unless you have sharing enabled, and samba enabled at that. Windows doesn't have that on by default. –  Thomas W. Dec 2 '12 at 20:39

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