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Windows 7: Home network WIN7 & XP: file and printer sharing problem


24 Jun 2012   #1

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Home network WIN7 & XP: file and printer sharing problem

Hello

I set up a home network with a WIN 7 Home Premium (Dutch language) laptop and a XP Professional (English language) netbook. There are both an HP LaserJet 4 and an HP Photosmart 7760 printer connected to the Windows 7-laptop. Both computers have only one user profile which has administrator rights. They are both connected to the same ADSL modem by wire (not wireless). Internet is working fine.

It took me several hours to make this home network working. Now I have complete access with my Windows 7-machine to the XP-netbook. But other way around is not working as I would wish.

With my XP-netbook, though, I can only access the files which I put in "Public" folders: "Public documents", "Public desktop", ... Now, every file on the desktop has a lock symbol added to the icon. No problem so far, but I'd like to share also two folders that I created myself: C:\_Install and C:\_Programs. I don't manage to do so.

I also have a problem with the settings to print from the XP-netbook to the HP PS7760-printer connected to the Windows 7-laptop: I can't install the driver through the network. I can install this printer correctly locally on both computers. But on the XP-machine I have to provide driver files which I can't find and on the Windows 7-machine I can optionally install an x86-driver which I also can't find. (The Laserjet 4-drivers are embedded in both Windows-versions, but the PS7760 are not included in XP.)

So here are my questions:
  1. Is it normal that, with Windows 7, only files and folders in "Public" folders can be shared? How can I share C:\_Install and C:\_Programs on my Windows 7-machine with my XP-netbook?
  2. How can I feed the correct printer driver into my XP-machine or into my Windows 7-machine so that I can print from my XP-netbook to my HP PS7760 on my Windows 7-laptop?
Thanks for your advice and greetings

Guy, Belgium

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26 Jun 2012   #2

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Anybody?

Please help me out!

Thanks

Guy, Belgium
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26 Jun 2012   #3
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hi guyc,

Do you have a Workgroup networking established? Please verify your current setup from this Microsoft Tutorial.
Sharing files and printers with different versions of Windows - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

For now, share the C Drive from both computers and give them Full permission. Are you the only one that need to access the 2 computers?
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26 Jun 2012   #4

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Clarification

Hello 2xg

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2xg View Post
Do you have a Workgroup networking established? Please verify your current setup from this Microsoft Tutorial.
Sharing files and printers with different versions of Windows - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows
- On my Windows 7-computer, I have full access to my XP-computer. So this is no problem.
- On my XP-computer, I can only access the Public-folders of my Windows 7-computer. I can see other shared folders, but I can't get access to any of them.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2xg View Post
For now, share the C Drive from both computers and give them Full permission.
- No problem accessing maps of my XP-computer.
- When I share other maps than the Public-folders of my Windows 7-computer, I can't get access to them. But I can access the DVD-drive (reading D: is no problem; I didn't try writing).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2xg View Post
Are you the only one that need to access the 2 computers?
- On the XP-computer, as far as I know, there's only one user account (with Administrator rights)
- On the Windows 7-computer, there is one guest account (which has been set up by Prey - Open source anti-theft solution for your laptop, phone and tablet Prey) and one user account (which is used by my wife and I)

Hope you could help me out - thanks!

Guy, Belgium
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26 Jun 2012   #5
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Can we try a work around?

From your XP computer, click on start and type \\Win7ComputerName\SharedDrive or folder then press enter and also replace the computer name with the Win 7 IP Address (just an example) - \\192.168.1.10\SharedDrive or folder then press enter. Were you able to access the shared folder/drive and modify the files?
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27 Jun 2012   #6

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Dear 2xg

Thanks for your reply. Since today, i'm having a very busy schedule until Saturday.

I will get back to you, but don't know if it will be before Saturday.

Thanks in advance and greetings

Guy, Belgium
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27 Jun 2012   #7
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

No worries Guy, we'll be right here when you get back....
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30 Jun 2012   #8

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File sharing still a problem - Printer sharing solved

Hello 2xg

I tried but got exactly the same error message. The exact error message I receive is:
\\WIN7PC\C is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.
Access is denied.
So I still can't share files. I wrote that I could access the files that are in the "Public"-folders. Now I see that even here here are problems: I have only complete access to my wife's (!) folder and subfolders; every other folder I can see but can't access it nor the subfolders (access is denied)!

I can have access to my DVD-drive (I only tested reading files on D: ).

Some history and some personal thoughts:
  • My "My documents"-folder is still the same as I had on my Win95, Win98, WinME, Win2K, WinXP and Windows 7-pc's, but in time they only grew bigger in amount of files and subfolders. Maybe permissions have been changed in time due to migration to other Windows versions.
  • If I remember correctly, when sharing folders in WinXP, WinXP changes every file in every subfolder of the shared folder (which sometimes took several minutes). I have never noticed Windows 7 doing this?!
  • When changing permissions, there are only 3 permissions to grant: full management (maybe this is not correct English, but on the Windows 7-pc I'm working with a Dutch Windows version), write and access. Is this normal?
My intuition says this could be involved into the problem.

One good thing, though: I could solve the printer sharing problem. First, I installed the WinXP printer driver on the XP-pc; afterwards I rerouted it from local printing to the shared printer on the Windows 7-pc.

So, again, help wanted for file sharing! Thanks in advance!

Guy, Belgium
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30 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello there guyc, glad to see your printer sharing is solved... but for your drive folder sharing, can you try this temporarily?

1. Go to network and sharing center, advanced sharing settings, and turn off password protected sharing for now.
Home network WIN7 & XP: file and printer sharing problem-nfs.png

2. For the folders that you wish to share, can you change the security settings to allow everyone access by right clicking on the folder, selecting the security tab, and clicking on the edit button, selecting add, and in the dialog box type in Everyone and clicking okay... Notice everyone is now a username added to the groups...

For example i want to share my american shows to other pcs in the network thats on drive V

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3. If you haven't already, disable Use Sharing Wizard by going to Folder Options, clicking on the View tab and deselecting the Use Sharing Wizard checkbox

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4. Now right click on the folder to share, select the sharing tab, and click on Advanced Sharing, tick the Share this folder checkbox and click okay..

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Your folder should now be shared to anyone on the network (Thats the only downside to this solution).. But they cannot modify any files in the folder and only read it, unless you change the permissions to full control for everyone in the previous advanced sharing dialogue box like this:-

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Hope that helps!

EDIT:- Ensure both your PCs are in the same workgroup to make things simpler! Also, if you wish to hide the share so that only you can see it, add a $ symbol at the end of the share name in the Advanced Sharing dialogue box


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30 Jun 2012   #10

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Hello solarmystic

Again I am here to tell that, due to a very busy month of July, I don't know when I will be able to try this. But I will try it, and then I will also give you feedback.

Thanks and greetz

Guy, Belgium
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