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Windows 7: Setting up a second Network

22 Jan 2011   #31

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by daniellouwrens View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
. You say you are already sharing files between systems
Are you having any particular problem with sharing?
Only ICS

cheers

Daniel
You have no need to use ICS at all. Thats what routers are for. It should be no problem to set up sharing between these systems.

It's important to note that just about any A/V software or third party firewalls will cause problems with sharing.

Other than that just follow the tutorials and set up sharing between your machines.

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22 Jan 2011   #32

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Ok, well the first (and most obvious) thing to check is that all PC's are on the same WORKGROUP. It honestly doesn't matter if they are are called the default WORKGROUP or not as long as your wireless password is secure. (WPA or WPA2 encrypted, a nice strong passphrase) here is a tutorial if your not sure: Wireless Security: How To Protect Your Network

I would recommend working through this tutorial: File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)

although it says XP to Win 7 it does show how to set up a Win 7 machine, the process for Vista is pretty much identical. As you obviously have some knowledge of networking, the few differences there are (and it really is just a couple of menu's in a slightly different place) shouldn't be too difficult for you to figure out.

Note there are two tutorials there, the 2nd one goes into more depth about setting up 7/Vista.

One you have done that, report back, and we'll go from there.
Hi

I have set up my PC1 (Windows7) "Shared" folder as shown in the tutorial here

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/53830-file-sharing-between-xp-Windows 7-vice-versa.html

I have set up PC2 and 3 (Vista) as close as I can given the differences in OS.

From PC2 and 3 I can access PC1 but not the Shared folder, only the "Users" folder.
On PC1 the Shared folder has a Lock on it??

From PC1 I cannot access PC2 and 3 although I can see them, I get a path not found error and when I diagnose I am told the log on permissions were did not allow access.
None of my PC's have logons and I have changed Network setting to not require logons.

I cannot find where to change to a Work Network on the Vista PC's

Also, is it possible to share the entire computer/s instead of just a set of predetermined folders?

Thanks for your help.

regards

Daniel
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22 Jan 2011   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes it is...
The safest thing is to only share the USER folder...

If you share the whole C: root directory, you may run into a lot of problems in the future.

It is your call though....
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22 Jan 2011   #34

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acurasd View Post
Yes it is...
The safest thing is to only share the USER folder...

If you share the whole C: root directory, you may run into a lot of problems in the future.

It is your call though....
If I only had a dollar for everytime I've said that, they never seem to believe me though.
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22 Jan 2011   #35

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What are you going to do... people are going to do what they are going to do, then complain and go crazy when it really happens... someone has hacked into their system and manipulated their system files.

I kind of see it as a paradox...

They ask for help to protect them selfs, they get the help, but ignore it, and then come back when it breaks and continues to never learn from it.
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23 Jan 2011   #36

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acurasd View Post
Yes it is...
The safest thing is to only share the USER folder...

If you share the whole C: root directory, you may run into a lot of problems in the future.

It is your call though....
What sort of problems, I and my wife are the only ones who use the system, I need access to all files from each PC, what other option is there?

cheers

Daniel
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23 Jan 2011   #37

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by daniellouwrens View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acurasd View Post
Yes it is...
The safest thing is to only share the USER folder...

If you share the whole C: root directory, you may run into a lot of problems in the future.

It is your call though....
What sort of problems, I and my wife are the only ones who use the system, I need access to all files from each PC, what other option is there?

cheers

Daniel
If you have a virus or even worse a trojan in the computer
they can mess with your system files

It is better to just share the user files. there is no need to share the Root Directory, those files should not be touched..

If you share the USER, then you will have control of all the user folders on the hard disk
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23 Jan 2011   #38

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What sort of problems, I and my wife are the only ones who use the system, I need access to all files from each PC, what other option is there?

cheers

Daniel[/QUOTE]

If you have a virus or even worse a trojan in the computer
they can mess with your system files

It is better to just share the user files. there is no need to share the Root Directory, those files should not be touched..

If you share the USER, then you will have control of all the user folders on the hard disk[/QUOTE]

That is if I save my files in the predetermined places, My Docs, libraries etc, but I have always saved my stuff in what I consider to be logical places on the Root of which ever drive I am on, two of my PC's have more than 2 HDD's, so access to "My Computer" would be better.

Cheers

Daniel
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23 Jan 2011   #39

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

As security was your number one concern, I am going to advise against sharing the root drive. There is really no need to anyway. You won't be using 99.9% of the files. If you have USer stuff on the root drive, then just share the folders you need to rather than the whole thing.

However, in the interests of giving a full answer. If your going to do it anyway, just follow the steps for setting up sharing on the "shared" folder in my tutorial, but apply them to the root drive instead (or whatever folders you want to share)
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23 Jan 2011   #40

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
As security was your number one concern, I am going to advise against sharing the root drive. There is really no need to anyway. You won't be using 99.9% of the files. If you have USer stuff on the root drive, then just share the folders you need to rather than the whole thing.

However, in the interests of giving a full answer. If your going to do it anyway, just follow the steps for setting up sharing on the "shared" folder in my tutorial, but apply them to the root drive instead (or whatever folders you want to share)
Thanks Martin,

I'll have a look at it in the morning (my time) and see how much I need the root of the drives to be accessible. Perhaps a shortcut to the Root drives in the user folder will work?

Thanks

Daniel
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