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Windows 7: how to share files when using user profiles


01 Sep 2009   #1

7 enterprise
 
 
how to share files when using user profiles

Hi there

Im running win 7 on the main desktop PC and i have different user profiles set up for various family members.

I also run win 7 on my own laptop and xp on another laptop.

I used to run XP on the home pc and vista on my laptop but i have only just started using user profiles since upgrading to win 7

I did have the my docs folder on the home pc shared and i could access files on both the vista and xp machines.

Im not sure if its the Windows 7 upgrade or because ive only just started using profiles but i cant get the individual user files shared now? Ive shared the users folder and it allows me to see 'guest' and 'public' but despite sharing the individual user folders it wont let me access them on either laptops?

any help would be appreciated.

regards

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01 Sep 2009   #2

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

when you share the users folder, users will have access to their own folder but not access to anyone else's (at least not the private stuff). Unless of course you modify share and folder permissions.
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01 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

The easiest way to share between profiles is to use the public folders for the files you want to share. That is part of the reason your documents "library" includes both your user location and the public location.

Or if you don't want to use the public folders... when you are logged into a profile you want to share you can right click on the folder you want to share and select "share with" from the fly-out menu. From the share with dialog box you can select individual users or everyone.
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01 Sep 2009   #4

7 enterprise
 
 

Sorry perhaps i didnt explain myself properly.

On the home PC i have Windows 7 with 4 user accounts set up. I want to share the my docs folder of a couple of these profiles with laptops on the same network with the same workgroup names.

All the users are set up as administrators. Logged in as myself on the home pc i go to c:\users\nathan and right click the docs folder and set it to share.

Then on the laptop I go to the network and browse for the shared folder and it wont let me access it.

I did manage though to share the public and guest folders though.??
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01 Sep 2009   #5

7 enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ultraplanet View Post

Or if you don't want to use the public folders... when you are logged into a profile you want to share you can right click on the folder you want to share and select "share with" from the fly-out menu. From the share with dialog box you can select individual users or everyone.
AH HA!! i THINK this has fixed it. Just going to run a few tests but thanks very much.
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01 Sep 2009   #6

7 enterprise
 
 

yes this indeed solved my problem

thanks very much
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02 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jediknight83 View Post
yes this indeed solved my problem

thanks very much
No problem
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25 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 
Win7 FILE Share is too complicated and flaky

Ok, i followed the tutorial for Windows 7 share and could see each of my Windows 7 PCs.
However, I was not able to access the files that each had using the same options
as the MS video showed. I have tried public. BTW, all these pcs are in my home
and each has my unique pc name plus the password it gave me for each is installed
on each. Right now, I can see all pc clicking the status but not so on any files.
I did see the printer though. To add insult to injury, this sharing files and printers
worked fine with xp and vista. Now, I guess I will try turning off passwords
just to see if that is what prevents each of Windows 7 pcs from letting me see files.
Hopefully, MICROSOFT will look at totally rewriting this share setup for the
HOME GROUP. This reminds somewhat of UAC in vista but a little more time
consuming to find the culprit as to holding me back from seeing files.

PS. I gave up on SHARING Windows 7 with xp and vista. I installed Windows 7 on all
but now need to find what is preventing this mess from working.
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25 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aggieoo7 View Post
Ok, i followed the tutorial for Windows 7 share and could see each of my Windows 7 PCs.
However, I was not able to access the files that each had using the same options
as the MS video showed. I have tried public. BTW, all these pcs are in my home
and each has my unique pc name plus the password it gave me for each is installed
on each. Right now, I can see all pc clicking the status but not so on any files.
I did see the printer though. To add insult to injury, this sharing files and printers
worked fine with xp and vista. Now, I guess I will try turning off passwords
just to see if that is what prevents each of Windows 7 pcs from letting me see files.
Hopefully, MICROSOFT will look at totally rewriting this share setup for the
HOME GROUP. This reminds somewhat of UAC in vista but a little more time
consuming to find the culprit as to holding me back from seeing files.

PS. I gave up on SHARING Windows 7 with xp and vista. I installed Windows 7 on all
but now need to find what is preventing this mess from working.
Just use the "Public" file sharing feature when you are sharing between different Op systems.
It has to look like this and you need have file sharing "full access" enabled on all the non Win 7 machines.

You can resecure the Win 7 machine by just enabling "password protected sharing".


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26 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 
Share win7 delimena why so difficult in HOME?

Using Public may work BUT that is not what the video reflects in my HOME with all three Windows 7 OSes now. I have not had time to uncover the quirk right now but all the options you showed is what I have tried in ADVANCED. I still found xp and vista sharing much easier to make work. The only reason I gave up on them was that I have heard it works more smoothly in Windows 7. As of today, I now have all Windows 7 pcs
in my HOME with the same given crytic password as described in MS cute video tutorial.
I can see all three pcs in SEE FULL MAP. Now, if I could click on each and open
them is where the flakiness starts. The only one that opens is the pc I am using.
Who knows why other than as I see it. MS needs to reconsider the IN HOME
sharing when all pcs are logged into by me. Just that two are older and contain
older music,pictures,and documents. Note two of these pcs have 32bit and the other is 64bit. All pcs using Windows 7 PRO NOW. I will turn off password protect and
click Public but I would rather not have Public in the long run. My past experience
with Public was that I had to copy those files into Public for share to see on other
pcs. Maybe PUBLIC takes on a different meaning nowdays. Thanks for your reply
though.
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