What I want to do is access Ecxel and Word files on the desktop from the laptop but I don't want the desktop to be able to access the laptop.
If you are running XP on ether of the PC's. Turn on Both PC's and any printers you want to share, Go to Control Panel on the XP PC Double Click on Network Setup Wizard follow the Instructions and create a Disc when it Prompts you, use the disc on the other PC. It only puts one file on the disc, double click the file on the disc, this sets up that PC. You can now control Sharing by Starting Windows Explorer Press Win Key plus E key bottom left for My Network Places you need to look for MShome, though it mat show you files after rebooting both PC's to change Sharing right click on Folder or Fils, and change