Your laptop has all these files you’re working on and you need to get them over to your desktop. You don’t have a USB flash drive handy. “Oh, wait…I could just use my Pre2 as a storage drive….annnnnnd I forgot the cable at work. Great.” Now you need to email all this stuff to yourself. Does this story sound even remotely familiar? Honestly, it happens to me all the damn time. BUT, I finally spotted an app that’s been staring me in the face and actually solves this problem: HP LinkUp. With LinkUp, your computers can wireless connect over your home network and share one screen. Best part: It’s already on new HP consumer desktops.
What does this mean, exactly?
It means that your brand spankin’ new consumer desktop HP PC comes with pre-installed software that lets you open another computer in a window on your desktop. Then, you can work on files directly or just transfer them over. Or stream audio. Or video. Or whatever. That not clear enough? Here’s a quick video of how I got it working…
What do you need to make this happen?
Well, you need at least one HP computer that has HP LinkUp software on-board. The “Receiver” app is only available as a pre-install on HP computers. If you have another HP computer with LinkUp on it, you’re all set. Just connect up the two machines and you’re in business. (TECH NOTE: There needs to be a password for the user account on each machine in order for the software to work….)
Once you’re connected, it’s actually pretty simple. The window is your other computer. You can operate within that environment or jump back to the main computer’s desktop. Want to copy over a file? Just right click on it and “Send” it to the other computer. Piece of cake!
But what if only one computer has HP LinkUp installed on it?
No problem, you just need to download and install the LinkUp “Sender” software on the machine. The software will work on older HP PC or even a non-HP PC (as if you’re ever going to use a non-HP PC…. Crazy talk!). For the sake of my little experiment, I grabbed my wife’s laptop.
The software is a little hidden inside the HP site, but that’s why I’m here for you guys. With a little browsing tenacity, I have unearthed this download link for the LinkUp “Sender” software! Got the software? Cool. Now, so long as your machine runs Windows XP, Vista or 7, you’re in business. After the brief install, described in excellent detail here, you should be all set!
Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments!