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Windows 7: Computer cannot/will not connect to ftp sites


02 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Computer cannot/will not connect to ftp sites

First off, I'll apologize ahead of time if I do not put sufficient information in this first post as this is my first time using a forum of any kind.

Now the problem: simply put, I cannot connect to any ftp site (even ftp.microsoft.com). I strongly believe this has something to do with my computer itself, but I've done endless searches on google and tried several solutions to no avail. Here is a list of what I have tried thus far:

-Connecting using the command prompt. On the command prompt I've typed in "ftp ftp.microsoft.com" and it goes straight to the "ftp>" . Whenever I try to use a command the prompt responds with a "Not connected". However, if I ping the ftp server it does respond like it should.

-Using software ftp clients (Firezilla, SmartFTP, etc.). I put in the necessary information and that's basically as far as it gets.

-Checking "Enable Passive FTP" in IE. That did zip.

-Adjusted Firewall settings... (based on suggestions from forums and such). To the best of my knowledge, everything set as it should. The settings I adjusted were on Windows Firewall. [If its any help, I also have AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition installed]

-Web-based FTP client (particularly Jambai FTP). This is what leads me to believe it is my computer that is the problem because when I use this web-based clients its pretty much the only thing that works and I am able to manipulate the files just fine.


That's pretty much all my attempts in various forms and google searches. I should also note that I am connected wirelessly to my school's network, but the network doesn't seem to be the problem because I tried connecting using my roomate's laptop and it connected just fine.

Hopefully this gives an idea of my problem. If more info is needed by all means tell me. Thanks ahead of time.

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02 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

If you have checked your firewall settings on the Windows 7 machine and you have checked your routers firewall settings (if it has one). Then you might want to contact your ISP and ask if they block FTP. Some ISP's block FTP. -WS
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02 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by confusedGuy View Post
Now the problem: simply put, I cannot connect to any ftp site (even ftp.microsoft.com). I strongly believe this has something to do with my computer itself, but I've done endless searches on google and tried several solutions to no avail.
I myself use a very well-known and popular FTP product from Ipswitch Software named "WS-FTP Professional (v12.3)". It's been around for many many years. It's a GUI-based FTP client (not a command-line client) which thus makes it very very easy to use.

Anyway, I tried connecting to ftp.microsoft.com and was immediately rejected because of "login credentials". Actually I still had my current userid/password entered in the data areas for those values, for the normal default FTP site that I'm virtually always connecting to when I open the program.

At that point I simply re-entered the generic userid/password that is almost universally accepted at "public FTP sites" (e.g. this one from Microsoft), namely:
username: anonymous
password: <your email address>
Sure enough, one the new values were entered WS-FTP Pro attempted the reconnect with the new userid/password credentials and BINGO... I was in.

You can download a trial version of WS-FTP Pro, just to see how to use it and decide if you'd like to buy it (it's not free, but it's well worth the price in my opinion).

Anyway, I'm sure that virtually all FTP sites require a login with userid/password of some sort... and as I said the userid of "anonymous" with a password of your email address is almost universally accepted. Only private/secure FTP sites have something different than this.

===>> use the USER and PASS commands to enter these two values, if you are still at a command line trying to connect that way.
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02 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

@ WindowsStar: I'm pretty sure its not the ISP because I tried connecting to an ftp site on my friends computer on the SAME wireless network and was able to successfully connect. Thanks for the thought all the same

@ desperber: I tried that software even though I was pretty sure it wouldn't do much good. I ended up getting a connection error - when I looked at the error it looks like it found the host, tried connecting to the host but failed. Though correct credentials were never really the problem - when I tried the command prompt before, it never even asked me for credentials to begin with. Thanks for your efforts though
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02 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by confusedGuy View Post
@ dsperber: I tried that software even though I was pretty sure it wouldn't do much good. I ended up getting a connection error - when I looked at the error it looks like it found the host, tried connecting to the host but failed.
Exactly my initial results. That's what you get if you do not provide the correct login credentials to any FTP site:



However the proper credentials for ftp.microsoft.com are userid:anonymous and password:<your email address>:




So you need to correct the userid and password. Note that you can make the correction either right there on the error dialog where you can just enter the proper values and then push the OK button, or you can exit the error message and enter the values properly in the top-right where there is room for userid and password and push the "connect to URL" button.

And then once you enter the proper userid and password and push either OK or the "connect to URL" button, it's off to the races!!!

See the connection handshake dialog which went on (in the bottom part of the following screenshot) once I completed the connection to ftp.microsoft.com:




Quote:
Though correct credentials were never really the problem - when I tried the command prompt before, it never even asked me for credentials to begin with. Thanks for your efforts though
Look at the FTP command/response conversation (which is also shown in the bottom section of the screenshot above). You must enter your credentials.
Finding Host ftp.microsoft.com ...
Connecting to 64.4.30.61:21
Connected to 64.4.30.61:21 in 0.027001 seconds, Waiting for Server Response
220 Microsoft FTP Service
Host type (1): AUTO
USER anonymous
331 Anonymous access allowed, send identity (e-mail name) as password.
PASS (hidden)
230-Welcome to FTP.MICROSOFT.COM. Also visit Microsoft Download Center.
230 User logged in.
SYST
215 Windows_NT
Host type (2): Microsoft NT
Sending "FEAT" command to determine what features this server supports.
FEAT
211-Extended features supported:
LANG EN*
UTF8
AUTH TLS;TLS-C;SSL;TLS-P;
PBSZ
PROT C;P;
CCC
HOST
SIZE
MDTM
REST STREAM
211 END
Finished interpreting "FEAT" response.
Sending the FEAT command is optional. You can disable it in the site options of the profile.
PWD
257 "/" is current directory.
CWD /
250 CWD command successful.PWD
257 "/" is current directory.
TYPE A
200 Type set to A.
PASV
227 Entering Passive Mode (64,4,30,61,52,117).
connecting data channel to 64.4.30.61:52,117(13429)
data channel connected to 64.4.30.61:52,117(13429)
LIST
125 Data connection already open; Transfer starting.
transferred 569 bytes in < 0.001 seconds, 4552.000 kbps ( 569.000 kBps), transfer succeeded.
226 Transfer complete.
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02 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by confusedGuy View Post
@ dsperber: Though correct credentials were never really the problem - when I tried the command prompt before, it never even asked me for credentials to begin with.
Don't quite follow what you are doing here that is not working.

When I duplicated your story (from what I believe you said), I simply went into a command-prompt and entered the "ftp ftp.microsoft.com" command and pressed ENTER. I was then connected successfully and prompted to enter my userid. I entered "anonymous" (which displayed as I typed) and pressed ENTER. This was accepted and I was prompted to enter my password (i.e. email address, for a userid of "anonymous", I typed it (but there was no display as I typed) and I pressed ENTER. It was accepted, and I'm now connected.




Do you not have the same results? If not, what are your results exactly? Can you post a screenshot of your command-prompt window/conversation?
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02 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Maybe this will help clarify what I mean:




It never gets far enough to ask me for credentials
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02 Nov 2011   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by confusedGuy View Post
It never gets far enough to ask me for credentials
This is the reason I think you have a prob with your router. Try to ping the FTP... ping ftp.microsoft.com

Let's find out if you can even reach the site...
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02 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by confusedGuy View Post
Maybe this will help clarify what I mean:




It never gets far enough to ask me for credentials
Fascinating. Obviously WS_FTP Pro is running into the same roadblock as you're experiencing with your command prompt attempt.

Is your Windows login an "administrator"? Note that my own command prompt window shows as "administrator command prompt", though I wouldn't expect that to really be relevant.

Are you going through a proxy? Router? Any special settings in either Windows Firewall or the router for ports 20/21? What if you remove the router temporarily (re-booting as necessary) and go straight out over the modem. Any change? What if you deactivate Windows Firewall. Any change?

Do you have "active layer gateway (ALG)" service running on your computer or not? This article from Microsoft talks about its relevance for FTP and Windows Firewall. It is NOT running on my computer and is shown as requiring "manual startup", which I've not done. Is it also STOPPED on your machine?

Can you use your own LAN/WAN setup with a second totally independent computer, like a laptop? Ideally, trying both a Windows 7 and WinXP PC would be ideal for the experiments. Does the second computer have no problem getting the FTP connection, or is it also unsuccessful?

I'm just trying to think up different setups that will point to or exonerate one component (hardware or software) at a time.
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02 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Just read your initial post more closely... and you say "I'm connected wirelessly to my school's network". I had thought you had your own home network, and probably local cable modem and probably a router as well.

You also say that your roommate's laptop connects without a problem. Assuming both of you are connected wirelessly to the same school network this would clearly point to your own computer/setup as being the problem... and not some router setting, as your roommate can obviously get through the same school router and out to FTP connections.

Anyway, since your roommate's laptop does not have a problem with FTP then it has to be your own PC which is the culprit. That's not something you didn't know or suspect already, but it does seem like you've already gathered this other evidence (i.e. your roommate's success with his laptop) that would definitely point to your own machine and not some external cause.

Is your roommate's machine also Windows 7?

Do you both have the "home network" vs. "public network" security settings set the same in Windows 7 and Windows Firewall?

(I'm just trying to explore anything that might be relevant here and the fact that you have a second machine easily accessible that works whereas yours doesn't work... that's very lucky, assuming some reasonable similarity in the two systems.)
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