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Q: We have two Windows 10 PCs and want to share documents and photos between them. On our Windows 7 PCs, we would have used the “Home Group” function, but it was discontinued in newer versions of Windows 10. Therefore, the two PCs can “see” each other on our home network, but they cannot not share folders. What should we do?

Gregory Leyes, mentor, Ohio

A: You can share files between PCs with a Windows 10 feature called “Share Nearby”. It uses Bluetooth wireless technology to detect nearby PCs and share files with them via Bluetooth or your home Wi-Fi network (Wi-Fi is faster.)

To use nearby sharing, you need to make sure that the feature is enabled on both PCs. Open Settings (the gear in the toolbar), then click System. On the left side of the screen, click on “Shared experiences”. Then, on the right side of the screen, make sure that “Share nearby” is enabled. In the same menu, under Nearby sharing, you can choose the PCs authorized to share files and where the shared files will be stored by the recipient PC.

Once done, open File Explorer on the PC which will share one of its files. Right click on the file you want to share, and from the resulting menu choose “Share”. This will produce a list of nearby PCs. (Nearby usually means about 30 feet, the maximum range for most Bluetooth devices.) Choose the PC with which you want to share the file.

Once you share the file, the recipient PC will receive a message about the impending transfer, and its user must accept or refuse. (For more details, see tinyurl.com/y7kr6qb2).

Video offset

I recently answered a question from Phil Morton of Eden Prairie, explaining why his video image was lagging behind during a Zoom call (see tinyurl.com/y7uqemwt.) The problem did not occur on a rival video call service, Microsoft Teams.

When my suggestions did not resolve the issue, Morton switched the camera from a USB 2.0 port on his PC to a USB 3.0 port. The video offset then disappeared during Zoom calls.

Why did it work? I have three assumptions:

• Switching the USB ports resets the connection of the camera software to the PC. If a software problem caused the problem, it solved it.

• The first USB port was defective and therefore caused video problems.

• The camera has switched from the USB 2.0 port to a faster USB 3.0 port. It shouldn’t make a difference. Morton’s zoom and camera are both designed to use USB 2.0. But you never know.

Q: When my PC stopped, a message asked me to call a “Microsoft technician” who told me that the PC was infected. I paid $ 435 for a new “Microsoft license”, an IP address and firewall software, plus $ 275 for the labor. I asked for a partial refund, but all I’ve gotten so far are promises. Their help line does not work. Is this a scam? (I have 120 days to file a complaint with my bank.)

Sherri Pierce, Forestville, California.

A: Yes, it is a scam. Microsoft will never invite you to call them, and the repair list is wrong. The non-functional help line is the last clue. File a claim with your bank, then download and run the free version of the Malwarebytes security program (see tinyurl.com/z8xsb8e).

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