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03 Oct 2012   #1

Shared folder protection in a mixed win7 and winXP LAN

I have spent several days trying to figure out how to implement the following scenario.
I work for a small company. We have a workgroup of 5 pc's. Two of them are winXp and the rest win7. I have bought a switch and put them all in one network. I have set some public folders with read/write permissions. Everything fine so far...
Here comes the problem... I can't setup homegroup, as this is a win7 feature, and could probably solve my problem. What I want to do is to password protect, or limit somehow some folders that will be available/ accessible only by some partners. Any ideas or workarrounds???
I have downloaded Kakasoft shared folder protector, but it doesn't seem to work so good. I encrypted a couple of folders and after a couple of attempts now I can't open and/or decrypt/restore them...
Thanks for your time everyone!

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03 Oct 2012   #2

7 x64

Right a Home group is only for Windows 7 computers. For a Mixed LAN with 7 & XP you must use the workgroup system and not the Home group.


As to password protecting Some Folders that can't be done. You allow access to LAN computer by Username and Password. Once you enter the correct username and password to access a PC you have access to all things shared on that PC.
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