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Windows 7: Can't share folders

04 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
Can't share folders

I'm trying to network a desktop computer with a new laptop. Both are Windows 7 Home Premium computers. The desktop lists the laptop in the network, but when I try to access folders I'm sharing, I am prompted for a password. The laptop has no password since I log on without it. I've also tried the homegroup password, but it's still not accepted. I've tried other passwords I've used here and there for things, but none of them works.

Furthermore, the laptop doesn't see the desktop. Only the desktop lists both itself and the laptop in the network. The laptop lists only itself.

The laptop has options for creating a homegroup, but the desktop does not, which seems odd to me since they're both Windows 7 Home Premium, and I thought Windows 7 HP could not create a homegroup. In any case, I just want to share several folders with both computers over my home network.

Could this be a firewall issue with the laptop? I see plenty of resources for allowing new programs through the firewall, but how, then, do I allow the other computer through?

If I could solve the password mystery, it might work. Help, please. Puh-leez!

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04 Aug 2011   #2


AFAIK, you must have a password on each machine to connect over a network. Since you don't want to have to login to the laptop everytime you boot, you could always Log on Automatically.
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04 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1

James: What, exactly, needs to be passworded--the administrative account? I did that on the laptop, but the desktop is still not accepting the password. Any ideas? Thanks.
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04 Aug 2011   #4


I'm not really clear on which machine won't allow share access, or if it's both, but try creating an account for the laptop on the desktop and vice-versa, so that when you log in from one to the other, windows recognzes the machine trying to connect as a local account.
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04 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1

Well, that was easy! My network is up and running and sharing between my desktop and laptop.

Thank you, James, for the assist.

In case anyone else has this same problem, I just turned off password-protected sharing! No need for a homegroup.

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