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Windows 7: File Sharing between 7 and XP

25 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
File Sharing between 7 and XP

I have suddenly lost the ability to share between a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 and a desktop running XP Home Sp3. It worked fine up to a week ago, and I haven't made any changes...but perhaps some updates automatically loaded.

Here's where I am:

Network Places on the Desktop does not show the Laptop. I am able to access the internet and shared folders on other network computers.

The Network view on the Laptop shows the Desktop, but if I click on it I get an error message that says "Windows cannot access \\Desktop". I am able to access the internet and shared folders on other network computers.

I'm running McAfee Total Protection, and I have tried disabling the firewall on both machines, but that hasn't solved the problem. McAfee on each machine sees the other machine in the My Network view, and each is a trusted machine.

Both machines are set up for the same workgroup.

Ideas for restoring this functionality?


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25 Jul 2011   #2

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi daves1243, read this, Attachment 166900
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25 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Roderunner. Unfortunately, this doesn't exactly address my situation. I want to be able to write from the Windows7 Laptop to a shared folder on the XP Desktop (which I am using for a backup).

FWIW, I did try the steps outlined in the document, though I was unable to find a Run prompt on the XP machine. I did try using a command prompt (DOS lookalike), but the XP Desktop could not find the 7 Laptop. It didn't make any difference as far as I can tell.
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25 Jul 2011   #4

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi Dave, My 2 Windows 7 H Prem. pc's have same workgroup, password & user (me) But are set as in this article. Simple change in settings pumps up Win7 networks Good Luck.
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25 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. However, the settings described in the article are what I already have in place.
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25 Jul 2011   #6

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

On mine, I made a sharing folder on my wired pc called 'Save to' it contains 2 folders Laptop & Desktop with full sharing. Saves me using a thumbdrive & running up/down stairs.
p.s. both yours must have a password.
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25 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Nope, neither system is password protected, nor are the shared files.
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25 Jul 2011   #8

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Set a password on both, don't know if they have to be the same. Then do this:-
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To configure Automatic log you on
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click Start and type netplwiz in the Search field and then press Enter.
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click Continue when the User Account Control window appears.
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from the User Accounts window that appears, verify that the account you want to log on with is selected. Clear the Users must enter a username and password to use this computer option and click OK.
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provide the password for the user account when prompted and restart your computer it will automatically log on with that user account.
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25 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion, but there has to be a better solution. It worked up to a week ago with no password. Hard to believe I have to add a password to make it work, and I don't want to hassle with passwords every time I turn the systems on.
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25 Jul 2011   #10

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

I showed you how to log on without entering a password in post #8 or change setting in red box.

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