Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32
Are you using a Homegroup or a Workgroup?
As you are trying to share files between Windows XP and Windows 7 you should be using a Workgroup.
This is really the key... that the all machines on the network should be in the same "workgroup" when you want to share drives, folders and files among all of them.
So, in WinXP and Windows 7 the workgroup definition is just a bit different cosmetically, but the result is the same. You will define the name of each computer uniquely but they will both be part of the same "workgroup".
For example, I have two machines on my home network, one called MDR and the other called DFW. The "workgroup" that they both live in is named "MDRLAN".
(1) The WinXP definition for the computer and workgroup is as follows (obtained by right-click on My Computer, select Properties, select "Computer Name" tab):
Push the "change" button to set both (a) the computer name, and (b) the workgroup name. You want the computer name to be unique from your other LAN machines, but the workgroup name should be identical for all LAN machines.
(2) Now go into Explorer on the XP machine and select the partition (i.e. drive letter) you want to make fully available to other machines on the network. Then right-click on the selected partition and then select "sharing and security" from the context menu (to get the "Properties" dialog):
(3) On the "Properties" dialog for the drive letter, check the "share this folder" radio button. Enter the drive letter as the "share name".
(4) On the "Properties" dialog for the drive letter, push the "Permissions" button (to get the "Share permissions for X" dialog):
To provide maximum access to ALL folders on this drive letter which you're now setting up the "share" for, you want to specify "FULL CONTROL" in the lower pane defining permissions.
In the upper pane, for maximum convenience and simplicity you should specify "EVERYONE"... assuming this works for you and you're really just trying to set up things so that you can get to any drive letter on any machine from any other machine, with no confusion or additional security requirements. In other words, it's your LAN, and your multiple machines, and you just want to be able to sit down at any machine under any Windows and get to any other machine's drives with no headache.
That's what "EVERYONE" is for, and that's exactly why you're putting all of your machines into the same workgroup and sharing all drives on all machines with "full control".
(5) If you don't see an "EVERYONE" you can add a definition for "EVERYONE" by pushing the ADD button. Type "EVERYONE" in the definition area and push the OK button.
Then when you come back to the permissions dialog, select EVERYONE and check the "FULL CONTROL" items.
OK your way back up the chain, and you've now just granted (a) full control to (b) EVERYONE on your workgroup, to have complete access of anything on this drive letter.
Rinse, repeat until done with all your drive letters.
Same story on the Windows 7 machine.