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Windows 7: Cant share files

01 Nov 2011   #1
cookiemonster

Vista Ultimate 64
 
 
Cant share files

I have 1 Desktop, 1 Laptop and 1 tablet all running Windows 7 Home Premium and all 3 are wireless. I created a Homegroup on one of the computers. When I went to one of the other computer it would not let me join a workgroup it would only let me create one. So I decided to Map Network Drives. I was able to map all the folders I wanted to share from the desktop to the laptop but when I tried to map drives to the laptop it would keep asking me for a password but the laptop does not have a password. So I tried to map the drives on the tablet but it would not see it. So after just playing around (canít remember at this time what I did since I did many different things) I was able to get everything mapped with all 3 computers. But then I would go back to one of them and the mapped drives would not work so I would try to remap them and I could not see the other computer. It would work on and off. One minute I could access the files then the next I could not. Does it sound like my router is going bad? But the weird thing if I will lose my lan network (not being able to see other computers) but all computers can still access the internet. Also I disconnect all mapped drives but some wonít let me because it states that the network is not found. How can I remove those drives?

Sorry for such a long post and I hope it makes sense so someone can help.


Thanks,
Dennis


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01 Nov 2011   #2
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

See the following on how to connect and disconnect mapped drives:
How to connect and disconnect a network drive in Windows XP

Do you have passwords on all the PCs? Windows may ask you for a password but if it doesnt have one then it will deny access.


Dave
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01 Nov 2011   #3
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

P.S I know the link says Windows XP but it should still work for Windows 7/Vista etc. You may have to run cmd as adminstrator.

Dave
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01 Nov 2011   #4
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

I had nothing but trouble with Homegroup, till I eventually found how to do it easier, here's what was done File Sharing Settings.pdf


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01 Nov 2011   #5
Sedril

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Win 7 is very picky about sharing ... I've found that I have to have passwords set on all computers trying to share or it just wont work correctly... My recommendation would be to create passwords on all the computers and try again, that should clear it up...
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02 Nov 2011   #6
cookiemonster

Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave Atkin View Post
Hello,

See the following on how to connect and disconnect mapped drives:
How to connect and disconnect a network drive in Windows XP

Do you have passwords on all the PCs? Windows may ask you for a password but if it doesnt have one then it will deny access.


Dave
I will try the cmd to remove the drive, thx

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
I had nothing but trouble with Homegroup, till I eventually found how to do it easier, here's what was done Attachment 181813
I pritty much did that (except for the password part) and still nothing.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sedril View Post
Win 7 is very picky about sharing ... I've found that I have to have passwords set on all computers trying to share or it just wont work correctly... My recommendation would be to create passwords on all the computers and try again, that should clear it up...
I even tryed putting passwords on and still nothing. The one computer that was asking for a password that did not have one on it, i put a password on it then it would just say invalid password/username
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02 Nov 2011   #7
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Dennis, do all of your 3 pc's have the same user name, workgroup & password ?
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02 Nov 2011   #8
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, put the same username and password on all the PC's. Then it shouldnt even prompt you for a password.

Dave
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02 Nov 2011   #9
cookiemonster

Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

all 3 pc's have different user names on them and they do not want passwords used. I have almost the same setup at my house and it works fine.
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03 Nov 2011   #10
cookiemonster

Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

I installed a new router ands everything went smooth. Thx for all the replys.
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