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Windows 7: Why can another (XP) machine see my MyDocuments folder?

26 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Why can another (XP) machine see my MyDocuments folder?

I am trying to figure out this Home Group. The folder at Start->Documents->MyDocuments is visible to another (XP) laptop on the same router. The Properties for the folder has "Share this folder" unchecked.

The XP laptop accessed the folder via the path \\Windows7machineName\Users\Username\Documents . The XP laptop is being used as it always has been, which is to say that there was never any explicity joining of a group.

I'm not very familiar with Windows networking, but doesn't the above indicate that Windows 7 is rather overly open?

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26 Aug 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Do you have the same username, same password, and same group?
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26 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

The xp machine has the same username and password, but has never explicitly joined HomeGroup. It is a domain account, and the domain name is very different from the HomeGroup name. Are you saying that the fact that the username and password are the same is the reason for this transparency?
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