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Windows 7: Trying to stream media over my network..... Can't access Workgroup

04 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Trying to stream media over my network..... Can't access Workgroup

Have an odd problem and am hopng someone can help. I have two pc's- one a Windows 7 the other is a xp. I have two streamers: Boxee Box and Pop Corn Hour. Through various trial/error I have determined I can't access the workgroup from both the Windows 7 and xp on either streamer. In other words, both streamers should be able to access workgroup on my network and neither can. I have tried resetting the router, both pc's, streamers etc. All files/folders set to share. I am not an expert but it seems since both streamers can't access my workgroup, the problem might be with windows. Any ideas/suggestions?

Thank you

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05 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post
Have an odd problem and am hopng someone can help. I have two pc's- one a Windows 7 the other is a xp. I have two streamers: Boxee Box and Pop Corn Hour. Through various trial/error I have determined I can't access the workgroup from both the Windows 7 and xp on either streamer. In other words, both streamers should be able to access workgroup on my network and neither can. I have tried resetting the router, both pc's, streamers etc. All files/folders set to share. I am not an expert but it seems since both streamers can't access my workgroup, the problem might be with windows. Any ideas/suggestions?

Thank you

Hi

Can your Windows 7 and XP PC's access shared folders on each others PC? Have you tried the streamers with the firewalls switched off?

Regards
UKMedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UKMedia View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post
Have an odd problem and am hopng someone can help. I have two pc's- one a Windows 7 the other is a xp. I have two streamers: Boxee Box and Pop Corn Hour. Through various trial/error I have determined I can't access the workgroup from both the Windows 7 and xp on either streamer. In other words, both streamers should be able to access workgroup on my network and neither can. I have tried resetting the router, both pc's, streamers etc. All files/folders set to share. I am not an expert but it seems since both streamers can't access my workgroup, the problem might be with windows. Any ideas/suggestions?

Thank you

Hi

Can your Windows 7 and XP PC's access shared folders on each others PC? Have you tried the streamers with the firewalls switched off?

Regards
UKMedia
Hi, Thxs for reply. No, my Windows 7 and XP can't access shared folders on each others PC. And yes, firewall is off. this has been driving me crazy all weekend and I found that perhaps my Windows 7 machine is no longer the master browser. This and the info. about how/why etc is way above my head. I simply want to access my SMB shares over my network. Any suggestions? Thxs!!
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05 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UKMedia View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post
Have an odd problem and am hopng someone can help. I have two pc's- one a Windows 7 the other is a xp. I have two streamers: Boxee Box and Pop Corn Hour. Through various trial/error I have determined I can't access the workgroup from both the Windows 7 and xp on either streamer. In other words, both streamers should be able to access workgroup on my network and neither can. I have tried resetting the router, both pc's, streamers etc. All files/folders set to share. I am not an expert but it seems since both streamers can't access my workgroup, the problem might be with windows. Any ideas/suggestions?

Thank you

Hi

Can your Windows 7 and XP PC's access shared folders on each others PC? Have you tried the streamers with the firewalls switched off?

Regards
UKMedia
Hi, Thxs for reply. No, my Windows 7 and XP can't access shared folders on each others PC. And yes, firewall is off. this has been driving me crazy all weekend and I found that perhaps my Windows 7 machine is no longer the master browser. This and the info. about how/why etc is way above my head. I simply want to access my SMB shares over my network. Any suggestions? Thxs!!
Okay, lets get the PC's talking to each other and sharing files first then we'll sort out the streaming

With different versions of windows, you have to use Workgroups to share files.
  • On the Win 7 PC, this will require you to create a 'Work' network (Not Home);
  • Next make sure that both PC's have the same Workgroup name;
  • Create a user with the same name and password on both PC's;
  • Within Network and Sharing Center/Advanced sharing settings, ensure that you have these settings:
    • Turn on Network Discovery
    • Turn on File and printer sharing
    • Enable file sharing for devices that use 40-56 bit encryption
    • Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public Folders
    • Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers.
  • Let us know if this allows access to the public folders?
Regards
UKMedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UKMedia View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UKMedia View Post


Hi

Can your Windows 7 and XP PC's access shared folders on each others PC? Have you tried the streamers with the firewalls switched off?

Regards
UKMedia
Hi, Thxs for reply. No, my Windows 7 and XP can't access shared folders on each others PC. And yes, firewall is off. this has been driving me crazy all weekend and I found that perhaps my Windows 7 machine is no longer the master browser. This and the info. about how/why etc is way above my head. I simply want to access my SMB shares over my network. Any suggestions? Thxs!!
Okay, lets get the PC's talking to each other and sharing files first then we'll sort out the streaming

With different versions of windows, you have to use Workgroups to share files.
  • On the Win 7 PC, this will require you to create a 'Work' network (Not Home);
  • Next make sure that both PC's have the same Workgroup name;
  • Create a user with the same name and password on both PC's;
  • Within Network and Sharing Center/Advanced sharing settings, ensure that you have these settings:
    • Turn on Network Discovery
    • Turn on File and printer sharing
    • Enable file sharing for devices that use 40-56 bit encryption
    • Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public Folders
    • Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers.
  • Let us know if this allows access to the public folders?
Regards
UKMedia
Ok, before I change to a workgroup and try suggestions above will I need to enter a password in every time I navigate to my SMB Shares? Reason I ask is, up until recently my SMB shares where accessible over both streamers and a pass word was not neccessary. Thank you again for your help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UKMedia View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post

Hi, Thxs for reply. No, my Windows 7 and XP can't access shared folders on each others PC. And yes, firewall is off. this has been driving me crazy all weekend and I found that perhaps my Windows 7 machine is no longer the master browser. This and the info. about how/why etc is way above my head. I simply want to access my SMB shares over my network. Any suggestions? Thxs!!
Okay, lets get the PC's talking to each other and sharing files first then we'll sort out the streaming

With different versions of windows, you have to use Workgroups to share files.
  • On the Win 7 PC, this will require you to create a 'Work' network (Not Home);
  • Next make sure that both PC's have the same Workgroup name;
  • Create a user with the same name and password on both PC's;
  • Within Network and Sharing Center/Advanced sharing settings, ensure that you have these settings:
    • Turn on Network Discovery
    • Turn on File and printer sharing
    • Enable file sharing for devices that use 40-56 bit encryption
    • Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public Folders
    • Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers.
  • Let us know if this allows access to the public folders?
Regards
UKMedia
Ok, before I change to a workgroup and try suggestions above will I need to enter a password in every time I navigate to my SMB Shares? Reason I ask is, up until recently my SMB shares where accessible over both streamers and a pass word was not neccessary. Thank you again for your help!
Hi

This is an option, that you can either turn on or off in the same options list.

Regards
UKMedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

UK Media,

Well- not sure if this is good or bad but I was away for a while today and everything was off-(Windows 7, xp, streamers, etc). Now I can see the PCS on my network and can see the PCH as well. Which this is all good. Problem now is (not sure if I caused this w/all the messing around BUT, under network> (my PC Name)> I now see a ton of files shared. These files have a green looking ribbon on the bottom of the file. I tried to delete these as the same files are already saved on my c drive. However, deleting them leads to this error: I need permission from the administrator??? What, I own this PC and will do what I want to the files. Not sure if the initial problem I had caused this or what is going on but do you know how I can delete these files? Or at the least not share them. Thanks!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post
UK Media,

Well- not sure if this is good or bad but I was away for a while today and everything was off-(Windows 7, xp, streamers, etc). Now I can see the PCS on my network and can see the PCH as well. Which this is all good. Problem now is (not sure if I caused this w/all the messing around BUT, under network> (my PC Name)> I now see a ton of files shared. These files have a green looking ribbon on the bottom of the file. I tried to delete these as the same files are already saved on my c drive. However, deleting them leads to this error: I need permission from the administrator??? What, I own this PC and will do what I want to the files. Not sure if the initial problem I had caused this or what is going on but do you know how I can delete these files? Or at the least not share them. Thanks!!

Hi 64met

Can you post a screen image of the files list and snip the error message please?

Regards
UKMedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

UK Media- Sorry been out a few days. I have tried to post a pic of what I am seeing and am at a loss on how to do it correctly. So, let me try and explain what I see/ and what is going on.

Open Windows Explorer, from this view my libraries open on main page. To the left of this I see the tree which basically is my pc documents, accounts, etc. I navigate to Net Work and here I see the PC's on my network. I open MY PC which is called Jim's PC ( I am the owner). Under this tree is where i see what appears to be network shares. I have three: Users, TV Shows, and Movies. What I don't understand is: I own this PC, its files, etc and when I either try to add to or delete these files I receive an error.... " You are not authorized to perform this function". Something else that I don't understand is under Jim's PC I see three user accounts ; 1) guest, 2)JJ 3) public.

I have sorted out the original problem I had but now these other issues have come up. FWIW, I right click on these network shares and try to enable sharing for everyone, but it just reverts back to: Jim's PC. So, why in the world can't I use these files as I want. Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 64met View Post
UK Media- Sorry been out a few days. I have tried to post a pic of what I am seeing and am at a loss on how to do it correctly. So, let me try and explain what I see/ and what is going on.

Open Windows Explorer, from this view my libraries open on main page. To the left of this I see the tree which basically is my pc documents, accounts, etc. I navigate to Net Work and here I see the PC's on my network. I open MY PC which is called Jim's PC ( I am the owner). Under this tree is where i see what appears to be network shares. I have three: Users, TV Shows, and Movies. What I don't understand is: I own this PC, its files, etc and when I either try to add to or delete these files I receive an error.... " You are not authorized to perform this function". Something else that I don't understand is under Jim's PC I see three user accounts ; 1) guest, 2)JJ 3) public.

I have sorted out the original problem I had but now these other issues have come up. FWIW, I right click on these network shares and try to enable sharing for everyone, but it just reverts back to: Jim's PC. So, why in the world can't I use these files as I want. Thank you
Hi

Have you created a User with the same and password?

Regards
UKMedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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