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Windows 7: Windows 7 and Windows XP Machines, timer?


09 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Windows 7 and Windows XP Machines, timer?

So finally getting around to an old problem of mine for a year or so now. I have a couple of computers with Windows 7 and Windows XP.

So, the first one is Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. It has several hard drives which are backups for my other systems. They are shared drives, no passwords. Everyone can access them under the security tab and I have allowed up to 10 computers to access.

The other machines are two Windows XP machines. They have data on them which gets backed up to the Windows 7 machine.

We are all on the same Workgroup name, everything is connected via LAN (Gb speeds), there is a router.

Here is the issue. So If I boot up my Windows 7 machine and also boot up the Windows XP machines; then run my backup program or even access the shared drive from the Windows XP machines, all is fine.

But if I boot all the machines up and let them sit for while (and a while can be 15 minutes or more) then the XP machines cannot back up. I get a network failure. If I try to access the shared drive, I get something like it cannot connect to the drive, that I don't have permission to the network resources.

So I reboot both Windows XP machines and try again nothing. So I would leave those on, I reboot the Windows 7 machine and then try running the backup again or accessing the share drive on the XP machines, everything is fine. If I let them sit for 15 minutes or more, then it denies again.

It seems like there is some sort of "timer" that if I do not do the backup or access the drive with activity within that time, Windows 7 kicks the connection. I am no network guy, but that's the only way I know how to explain this.

Has anyone else experienced this and have a solution?


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