Have been successfully networking W7x64(ult) desktop and W7x32(pro) laptop. Today I performed a clean install of W7x64(ult) on the laptop, so now both machines have the same. Of course, now, it doesn't work!!
Simple home LAN, single workgroup (no domain). Password-protected sharing is ON (both machines), network discovery enabled. I don't want to use homegroup for other reasons.
Each machine is visible to the other. Public sharing is enabled. Weirdly:
- When I attempt to access the laptop from the desktop, I was asked to input the username and password. ANNOYINGLY I did this too fast and can't remember whether or not I typed the machine name as a "domain", but anyway - it worked! I used the username and password I normally log into the laptop with. I am able to access not only the public shares but all the directories I would have access to when logged in locally on the laptop.
- When I try the exact same, from the laptop to the desktop, it rejects my attempted login every time. I have tried using just my desktop username and password, to which the laptop appears to add its computer name as a prefix "domain" i.e. '[LAPTOPNAME]\[DESKTOPLOGINNAME]' - this does not work. I have also tried adding the desktop name as a prefix manually i.e. '[DESKTOPNAME]\[DESKTOPLOGINNAME]' but no permutation or combination will allow access.
I must be missing something very obvious. My laptop install of W7x64(ult) is complete clean and brand-new (3hrs ago). My desktop install of the same is about a year old but I don't mess about with network settings so it should be as it came out-of-the-box.
Any ideas? I see there are enough postings on this to realise it's probably been asked many times before but as I couldn't find a solution I wait with baited breath.
Thanks in advance.