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I want a free way to access a directory on one computer from another computer (not on same network) as a drive letter in Windows Explorer. (Both machines run Windows 10 and I have full access to both computers.)

The only thing that could actually accomplish this for me was using bitvise as the "server" and SFTPNetDrive as the "client". This worked, but was unusably slow.

There must be some simple way to accomplish this task. Possibly some native-to-Windows solution?

  • do you have or know if there is an admin user on the connected pc? if so, do you know the login credentials? – sîXXXÏs6 Jan 18 '18 at 8:26
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    What OS does the remote computer run? Linux, Windows, ...? What prices are acceptable for you? If bitvise was too slow, how fast was it and how fast do you need it to be? Note that this heavily depends on your Internet speed and the server's Internet speed. There's nothing the software could do about slow Internet. – Thomas Weller Jan 18 '18 at 10:35
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    Possible duplicate of Mount SFTP on Windows – Alejandro Jan 18 '18 at 12:06
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    Both machines run Windows and I have full access to both. – gabor Jan 18 '18 at 16:13
  • VPN+standard windows file sharing. – ivanivan Jan 18 '18 at 16:17
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I would use a VPN (virtual private network). With a VPN, you can access any services as if they were present in your local network. This is how companies connect home office users to the company network.

There is a VPN functionality built-in with Windows 10 Pro, but I was unable to figure out in which Windows 10 editions it is available.

OpenVPN is a free solution.

Here's how it fits your needs:

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