Quote: Originally Posted by screwballl
XP can see 7, 7 can see XP... it is just a matter of what 7 allows the others to see.... Homegroup allows others in the Homegroup to see the shared folders... but the rest that is in XP and Vista and other shared stuff should be seen and visible...
Correction my friend. HG allows others in HG to see shared HG folders. If you just "share with" a user account locally on that pc, it will not share to the same account with same pass that is joined on the same HG, it will only share via HG on the LOCAL PC. Also, when using "share with" It will only be seen thru network shares UNLESS... the folder being shared is shared/added thru a shared HG library. But you cant specify what users get to see what when something is shared by "HomeGroup".
Everyone that is on the HG will see the share, reguardless, no way around it. You dont have to be in a HG to share files amongst 7 to 7 or XP/Vista to 7. Even when shared thru HG, the same folder and files are available thru network share, via 7/vista/XP just as long as its shared in some way. Even a HG shared folder is not exclusive to just a 7 computer on a HG, anyone on XP that has a user/pass to access the 7 machine will see all of the shares, HG or not.
HG shares with "everyone". Do a little experiment with it. I've been pulling my hair out, and my teeth are down to the nubs, but I pretty much know this HG inside and out now. It needs some tweaking for sure, especially along the lines of HG network privs/access/restrictions.