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Windows 7: Windows 7 machine unable to access Windows XP machine

02 Dec 2009   #11

Windows 7

I have tried setting the u/p to be identical on both machines. I can see and access the 7 machine fine from the XP machine, but going the other way I get: "You do not have permission to access \\Laptop. Contact your network administrator to request access.
It amazes me that Microsoft would throw such a roadblock into a (usually) easy problem to solve. BTW, I tried the registry patch. It didn't help.

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02 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7 Pro. 32 bit

Hey Phil, Are you an administrator on both machines? (Ken question)
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03 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7

Yes I am, AFAIK...
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03 Dec 2009   #14

Windows 7 Pro. 32 bit

Is your laptop shared? The hard drive or a specific folder on the drive?

Also are you working in homegroup or a workgroup?
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03 Dec 2009   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium

And, as far as I can tell, Homegroups are a Windows 7 creation, so if I want my painless network back, I can 'upgrade' all my hardware and OSes to Win 7. Thanks a bunch, Micro$oft.

XP to XP was so easy.
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03 Dec 2009   #16

Windows 7 Pro. 32 bit

Homegroup is a windows 7 only choice. If you want to network XP with windows 7 all you have to do is put them in the same workgroup.
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03 Dec 2009   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
CHECKLIST - Network sharing troubleshooting

Hi All,

I thought I'd post a quick checklist on network sharing troubleshooting for home users. It should be good for the last 3 versions of windows at least. I also dropped it into a text file and attached if anyone wanted to keep a copy. :-)

This contains a few things to check that have not yet been covered in this thread.

A few small points, although I agree that these things can help if you are stuck....
- You can share Win7 and XP without them being in the same workgroup.
- You don't need to have the same user name or password.


Check that the following are running and automatic
- Computer Browser
- Server (if it exists)
- Workstation
- Event Viewer (to fin problems)

The win7 and XP machines don't actually need to be in the same workgroup providing that the guest account is active. To check this
-CMD [ENTER] (admin mode for Vista/Win7)
-type 'net user guest' (it should tell you if the account is active)
-If not active, make it active by typing 'net user guest /active:yes'

Check permissions by opening the secpol.msc from RUN
-Secpol.msc [ENTER]
-Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment
NOTE: [Double click on the line to adjust the settings]
-In 'Access this computer from the network' ensure that 'Everyone' user is added (this is the win7 default anyway; but worth a look)
-On the computer that you need to connect to, check the 'Deny access to this computer from the network' setting. Ensure that this doesn't have guest in it (by default windows 7 does). If you only share from Win7->XP you can leave guest denied on the win7 box.

Check that 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks' is installed and enabled
- Open Network connections and right click on the Network Connection
- Check the Networking tab and install or enable

(if WINS is needed only - not for vista->vista and above)
Check that NETBIOS is set to default on IP4 connections
- Open network connections and right click on the connection
- Select Internet Protocol version 4
- CLick properties
- On the general tab, click advanced
- On the wins tab, check that NETBIOS is on default

Ensure that there is an exception for file and printer sharing on your firewall.

Check that you have a folder security and share permissions to enable that folder to be found

I hope this helps someone


Attached Files
File Type: txt Network Sharing Troubleshooter for Home Users.txt (2.3 KB, 118 views)
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05 Dec 2009   #18

Windows 7

Where is the "run" command on Windows 7??
The more I usw W7, the less I like it.

Never mind. I found where Micro$oft hid it...

Tim, your suggestions worked! Thank you. Valuable lessons there.
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06 Dec 2009   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HadYourPhil View Post
Where is the "run" command on Windows 7??
The more I usw W7, the less I like it.

Never mind. I found where Micro$oft hid it...

Tim, your suggestions worked! Thank you. Valuable lessons there.
You're welcome!

re:the RUN command: I like to think that part of the fun of a new OS.... is finding stuff like this
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02 Dec 2011   #20

Windows 7 Professional x64

No extra need... Just follow the following easy steps.

In Windows XP machine,
♣ Goto Tools > Folder Options
♣ Click View
♣ Remove the Check mark from " Use simple file sharing (Recommended)"
♣ Now access this XP machine from any system on network ... ""make sure password on any one account is given on Windows XP machine...

♠♠♠♠ Hopefully Issue is solved noW ♠♠♠♠
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