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Windows 7: Windows 7 unable to connect to network resources

29 Mar 2011   #1
gsittler

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 unable to connect to network resources

I recently moved from an XP machine to Windows 7 Home premium and I am now unable to connect to network shares, printers, etc at work. This is a laptop that I use both at home and at work and it's not in the domain (neither was the XP machine). On the XP machine I just mapped network drives and printers using the server name and then used my network credentials (\domain\username and password). The Windows 7 machine is in the network (it's wired through ethernet) and I can access the internet through our proxy server. When I look under "Network", I see all of the servers and clients on the network, but when I try to connect to one of them, I am prompted for login/password- once I enter these, it says "Logon failure: unknown username or bad password".

Why does this work under XP and not Windows 7?

Thanks,
Geoff


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30 Mar 2011   #2
gsittler

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Looks like nobody has any ideas on this one. I guess I'll just dual-boot XP - this is the kind of thing that makes it tough for me to defend Microsoft.
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30 Mar 2011   #3
TCG

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gsittler View Post
...used my network credentials (\domain\username and password)
Are you logging in as domain\username as the username when prompted for credentials?
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30 Mar 2011   #4
gsittler

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Yes

Yes, I am using the format DOMAIN\login.
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30 Mar 2011   #5
TCG

 
 

Consulted the Google.....

According to this post, it may have to do w/ Home not being built to handle the domain login properly as it's not designed for a domain environment.

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The solution: Registry editing for LAN manager authentication level (in Home edition this can be configured through registry)

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...
** Disclaimer: I have not tested this and cannot personally say it will/won't work, proceed at your own risk. **
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14 Apr 2011   #6
gsittler

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

TCG - thanks so much for your help on this. The solution fixed the fileshare access right away. Getting connected to printers was a bit tougher (had to manually install drivers, which makes sense since these servers are 2003), but I'm fully up and running now and avoids dual-booting XP. Thanks again!
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15 Apr 2011   #7
TCG

 
 

You're very welcome. Glad things worked out for you and I could help
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