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Windows 7: Can't link 2 Windows 7 PCs using same Workgroup

17 May 2012   #1
LarCrow

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 
Can't link 2 Windows 7 PCs using same Workgroup

I have a 32 bit desktop and a 64 bit laptop. Both machines are set to the same workgroup (HOME) and both use the exact same “user name” and password to log on. (My router doesn’t handle IPv6 so I can’t use the Homegroup method to link). Both “computer names” show up on both PCs when looking at Networks.
I can access the desktop from the laptop by just clicking on the “computer name” but when I do so on the desktop I get a screen that wants a “user name” and password. It rejects the entry that I know to be correct and is common to both computers.
I’ve looked at several posts discussing similar problems but have yet to find a solution. I even made sure that the clocks on both computers have the same date and time which surprisingly was the solution for one user.
I've run out of ideas.


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17 May 2012   #2
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LarCrow View Post
I have a 32 bit desktop and a 64 bit laptop. Both machines are set to the same workgroup (HOME) and both use the exact same “user name” and password to log on. (My router doesn’t handle IPv6 so I can’t use the Homegroup method to link). Both “computer names” show up on both PCs when looking at Networks.
I can access the desktop from the laptop by just clicking on the “computer name” but when I do so on the desktop I get a screen that wants a “user name” and password. It rejects the entry that I know to be correct and is common to both computers.
I’ve looked at several posts discussing similar problems but have yet to find a solution. I even made sure that the clocks on both computers have the same date and time which surprisingly was the solution for one user.
I've run out of ideas.
You need to change one of the User names to something else.

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17 May 2012   #3
LarCrow

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

I did that and got the same results. I based my choice to use the same user names after reading this reply to a similar user post. "The easiest way to network computers on a home non-domain network has always been to use the same workgroup names, and set the same username and password combo on all machines." It seems there are different opinions in this area.
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17 May 2012   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LarCrow View Post
I did that and got the same results. I based my choice to use the same user names after reading this reply to a similar user post. "The easiest way to network computers on a home non-domain network has always been to use the same workgroup names, and set the same username and password combo on all machines." It seems there are different opinions in this area.
If you can't get a standard workgroup to work then most likely which ever A/V software you are using or a third party firewall is blocking the LAN from working correctly. You may need to configure the firewall in this case although many different A/V software can cause problems with sharing. It's best to set up the shares before installing the A/V software.

Making sure the time/date settings are correct and in sync for all networked machines is required in order for sharing to work correctly.

Using the same user name always seems to cause problems when setting up a Homegroup, many users have similar complaints. There is no requirement to use the same User name and passwords just to set up a standard Workgroup.

The only reason for using the same User name and password is to avoid getting the password prompt when accessing files on the other networked machines though this feature can be turned off in the Advanced Sharing settings.
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17 May 2012   #5
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi LarCrow, This is how I do it. File sharing.pdf


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17 May 2012   #6
LarCrow

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

Quote"
If you can't get a standard workgroup to work then most likely which ever A/V software you are using or a third party firewall is blocking the LAN from working correctly. You may need to configure the firewall in this case although many different A/V software can cause problems with sharing. It's best to set up the shares before installing the A/V software."

Actually I'm using the standard Microsoft Firewall and the Windows Essentials AV
software. Is there some specific setting in the Firewall setup I should look for?
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18 May 2012   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LarCrow View Post
Quote"
If you can't get a standard workgroup to work then most likely which ever A/V software you are using or a third party firewall is blocking the LAN from working correctly. You may need to configure the firewall in this case although many different A/V software can cause problems with sharing. It's best to set up the shares before installing the A/V software."

Actually I'm using the standard Microsoft Firewall and the Windows Essentials AV
software. Is there some specific setting in the Firewall setup I should look for?
You wouldn't need to worry about the A/V in that case.

I assume that you did set up a Workgroup and that you allowed for file sharing by adjusting the sharing and permission settings of the folder you want to share. You can try adding "Everyone" to the share with list and see if that helps.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...rmissions.html
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20 May 2012   #8
LarCrow

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 

After all the feedback I have been given I think my best chance of linking my computers is to use HOMEGROUOP so I will upgrade my router to obtain the Ipv6 feature. I'll post again with the results.
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