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Windows 7: Cannot save a new file to another homegroup computer

11 Sep 2012   #1

win 7 profesional 64bit
Cannot save a new file to another homegroup computer

I have a desktop with win7 64bit prof. and a laptop with the same. I have setup the homegroup and I am able to access all files on the laptop from the desktop and vice-versa.
My problem is, my wife who uses the desktop wants to save new documents in the laptop which I use when in the office. for example: wife got an email on the desktop with an attached document that she wanted to save in the 'my documents' folder on my laptop. So when she selects save as and then selects the location on my laptop through the homegroup connection she gets the error message saying you need permission to to this, we tried it the other way by trying to save a document onto the desktop from the laptop and got the same message.

what do i need to do?

I am not an expert by any means with this sort of thing so if the replies could be as simple and clear as possible, cheers.


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11 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Lindsay, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check in each computer's homegroup settings using the tutorial below to make sure that you have the Documents library checked to allow them to be shared between the computers.
Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings
If you do, then see if saving the attachment to her desktop first, then moving/copying it to the Desktop folder on your computer may work.

Hope this helps for now,
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11 Sep 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

if brinks excellent tutorial doesnt do the trick, then a workaround would be to install dropbox on both computers and anything you put in the dropbox folder on the destop /laptop will automatically show in the drobox folder on the other computer.

hopefully brinks solution will do it though.
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12 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

I think it's important to point out that by default, after you set up a Homegroup you will only have "read" permissions by default. Also, the "Save As" feature isn't the same as "Copy and Paste" or "Cut and Paste".

If you want "write" permissions you simply right click one of the Homegroup folders and choose "Homegroup view and edit" on Windows 8, with Windows 7 it says "read and write".
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