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Windows 7: Cannot connet to server 2003 share; used to work

20 Jan 2011   #1

Cannot connet to server 2003 share; used to work

Hi all,

My os: windows 7, asus laptop

I have a laptop that was connected to a shared drive on a server 2003 box. Not using AD, just workgroups.

I have a user account setup on the server, and as I said, it was connected fine and worked for many months.

Now the connects was lost, so I tried to reset it up, i get "invalid password" from the server. I tried several other user accounts on the server and it will not connect.

The password is correct, and the username is correct. I can see the server when I go to map the drive, it prompts for username and pw, then says pw is incorrect.

I tried it form the cmd prompt using net use, same pw error: error 86.

I tried connecting to a share on a vista box, that worked.

I tried using a cable instead of the wireless, same error.

We have a network of about 15 pc's, all connected the same way, some laptops, some desktops - network is fine.

Rebooted everything, same problem.

What could be wrong?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

error 86 implies mismatch in the security policy settings.
check secpol.msc on both systems - drill down to security options - network security: lan manager authentication level.

i personally use 'send ntlm v2 response only, refuse lm & ntlm' which is the most secure.
you're free to use what you want to use - just make sure it's common across all systems.

ps: if you use the same username and password on server 2003 and your system, your drive mapping will stick through reboots...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2011   #3


Your instructions did not work but they led me to a solution...
I probably should have mentioned that this is a windows 7 home premium and secpol.msc does not exist (apparently)

So searching for that I found the following instructions that fixed the problem:

Windows 7 Home Premium network drive connection error 86 fix:

How to do it:
1 . Open registry editor ( Start search - regedit)
2 . Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
3. Create a new DWORD value with the following properties:

NAME: LmCompatibilityLevel VALUE: 1
4. Restart your PC and try the connection again...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i'm glad you got it sorted
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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