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Windows 7: How do I share My Documents from Win7-64 to Win7-64 only?

21 Nov 2011   #1
Webbiz

Windows 7
 
 
How do I share My Documents from Win7-64 to Win7-64 only?

I have a home network with 7 computers.

Two (2) are Windows 7 64-bit.
Two (2) are Windows 7 32-bit.
Three (3) are Windows XP.

The Windows 7 machines are also grouped in a Homegroup.

The two (2) Windows 7 64-bit machines is a laptop (Win7 64-bit PRO) and a desktop (Win7 64-bit ULT).

PROBLEM: I want to share the My Documents folder of the WIN7PRO laptop with the WIN7ULT desktop. I do not want the other machines to have access to WIN7PRO\My Documents.

I cannot use Homegroups because the other Win7 machines would then have access to it.

Both of these Win7-64 machines have the SAME USER with ADMIN user settings and password. I'm the only one who uses the Win7PRO laptop and Win7ULT desktop, so I use the SAME User/Password and Admin rights for both.

I tried to use the Shared Wizard (shrpubw.exe) on the Win7PRO laptop. Under FOLDER PATH, I navigated to C:\Users\Me\Documents and clicked NEXT.

Under NAME, DESCRIPTION, and SETTINGS, I left the default SHARED NAME as Documents, it shows the SHARE PATH as \\WIN7PRO\Documents, left the DESCRIPTION blank and did not do anything with OFFLINE SETTINGS and clicked NEXT.

Under SHARED FOLDER PERMISSIONS I selected CUSTOMIZE PERMISSIONS and clicked CUSTOM... button.

Under CUSTOMIZED PERMISSIONS, I clicked on ADD button.

Under SELECT USERS or GROUPS, I tried to change LOCATIONS to WIN7ULT as the FROM THIS LOCATION, but it does not show up as an option. Only the local machine WIN7PRO shows up.

I tried to add WIN7ULT\Me in the Objects list box, but it did not recognize it either.

I'm lost.

Any help?

Thanks.


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21 Nov 2011   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

One possibility here: How to share files over workgroup
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22 Nov 2011   #3
Webbiz

Windows 7
 
 

It didn't address my problem in a way to solve it, but thank you for replying.
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22 Nov 2011   #4
Webbiz

Windows 7
 
 

This is really baffling me.

I have the SAME Administration Account and Password for the two computers that I wish to share a folder between.

They are both on the SAME Workgroup. I am able to SEE the folder and that it is Shared, but when I click it to open it says:

"Windows cannot access \\WIN7PRO\Documents"
"You do not have permission to access \\WIN7PRO\Documents. Contact your network administrator to request access."

???

Why do I not have access if I'm the Administrator of both machines?

MORE INFORMATION: I am able to share other folders between these two machines. It is the DOCUMENTS folder that I am told I do not have access permission. I'm sure this has something to do with the higher security that the root directories have such as DOCS. But how do I tell this blasted thing that I should have total access? I'm the Admin User on both machines!

Thanks.
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22 Nov 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Not sure if this will help, but I'll post anyway. There is another link at the bottom of this one giving advice on sharing computers with different versions as well.

HomeGroup from start to finish - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

The main thing to remember is that if all your computers on the network are powered by Windows 7 then you need to use a Homegroup.

If not all the computers have Windows 7 you need to be using a Workgroup.

You may also need to use the hidden built-in administrator account, which will give you full admin privileges.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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22 Nov 2011   #6
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Webbiz View Post
This is really baffling me.

I have the SAME Administration Account and Password for the two computers that I wish to share a folder between.

They are both on the SAME Workgroup. I am able to SEE the folder and that it is Shared, but when I click it to open it says:

"Windows cannot access \\WIN7PRO\Documents"
"You do not have permission to access \\WIN7PRO\Documents. Contact your network administrator to request access."

???

Why do I not have access if I'm the Administrator of both machines?

MORE INFORMATION: I am able to share other folders between these two machines. It is the DOCUMENTS folder that I am told I do not have access permission. I'm sure this has something to do with the higher security that the root directories have such as DOCS. But how do I tell this blasted thing that I should have total access? I'm the Admin User on both machines!

Thanks.
The problem is that the administrator accounts on the two machines are really different user accounts. Since you have no homegroup or domain then all user acounts are local to each machine and even if they have the same name they are two different identities.

To really do what you want to using that method you would normally need to set up and actual domain with domain users where the domain server has the user accounts and you can then assign and use them on any computer or folder or other resource.

Homegroup may also allow you to do that as the homegroup will have it's own users as well (though I am not familiar with how to set that up exactly).

If you use neither, I think that what you ned to do is to assign the specific user on a specific macine. See if you can search your workgroup for users from the permissions dialog for the folder, or try something like //<computername>/<username>. Maybe others can be more specific about the exact steps.
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23 Nov 2011   #7
Webbiz

Windows 7
 
 

The Homegroup is being used by others as well within our 7 computer network. I don't want them to have access to my Documents folder. Since you cannot set up multiple Homegroups, there is no way to segregate the one we all use from the one that I want for myself.

The reason I set up the same Administration accounts on both my machines is that I read online that you need to do that when setting up a Workgroup sharing situation. I can share a lot of folders between the two machines, just not the My Documents folder and I'm sure there are a few others that are also not as easy to share.
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