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Windows 7: Homegroup problems


31 Oct 2011   #1

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Homegroup problems

I have 2 freshly loaded HP laptops. Both have HP OEM Windows 7 Ultimate x64, OpenOffice 3.3.0, the most current versions of Adobe Reader, Flash, Air, and Shockwave, and the most current Java build loaded on them. All necessary MS updates have been loaded including IE9. For antivirus they both have MS Essentials loaded. It is a very straight forward load.

They both work flawlessly with the exception of a strange problem with OpenOffice files. For naming purposes I will call the laptops LaptopA and LaptopB. Both laptops have the permissions set properly to allow full access to the homegroup folders.

Individually, using either laptop, files created by either MS Office or OpenOffice will open just fine using OpenOffice; are editable, and can be saved as either a MS Office file or OpenOffice file to either laptop. There are no issues here.

When I open a document using OpenOffice on LaptopB created by MS Office residing on LaptopA the file will open just fine, is editable, and can be saved as either a MS Office file or OpenOffice file to either laptop. There are no issues here. The file is opened from either Windows Explorer using the homegroup view, or using the OpenOffice <Ctrl><O> command to open an existing file.

When I open a document using OpenOffice on LaptopB, created by OpenOffice on LaptopA I get a lockfile error (the file is locked because it may be already open ... even though it is not open and no lock file exists.) In this scenario the only way LaptopB can open the file is to either open it as a read-only or new copy of the file. Of course as a read-only file nothing can be changed. As a new copy, it can be edited or saved as either a MS Office file or OpenOffice file to either laptop. Again, the file is opened from either Windows Explorer using the homegroup view, or using the OpenOffice <Ctrl><O> command to open an existing file.

Is this some kind of engineered bug that Microsoft has stuck us OpenOffice users with so we can't use OpenOffice applications correctly? I don't believe it to be a permissions issue since all other applications can access the shared folders correctly. Also, the same problem exists if I reverse the procedures between the laptops. The shares are set up so that anyone that has access to the homegoup has complete access to the files on the other homegroup folders.


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