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Windows 7: Win 7 to Win Vista file/folder sharing

23 Feb 2013   #1
Viperion

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 
Win 7 to Win Vista file/folder sharing

Hi Folks, first post etc etc

Now I realise this has been asked before but the situations in which it's been asked have never quite been the same, so I'm asking for this specific situation.... sorry if I'm beating an extremely dead horse here (which is entirely possible, I admit)

The situation:

I have a Win 7 Home desktop, connected via Ethernet cable to a wireless Modem/Router. I have a Win Vista Business laptop, which is connected wirelessly to the same router and is able to surf the 'net using that connection.

I am trying to transfer files from the desktop to the laptop; both computers are using the WORKGROUP workgroup name (i.e the default).

After sharing a folder on the desktop, it dutifully shows the folder in the Network section of Windows Explorer on the Vista machine. However, I cannot get into the folder. It provides me with a very unhelpful "Windows cannot access <folder name>" error message.

I have searched around for a solution and come across several people who have had similar, but not identical problems, and have tried the following fixes:

Changed the Win7 network from "Homegroup" to "Workgroup" (and back again)
Checked that the Vista machine has "Microsoft Sharing for networks" installed (it does)
Turned off "password protected sharing" on both machines
Added the group "Everyone" to the sharing/advanced sharing menu when you right click on the shared folder.

I have rebooted both machines after every change.

Help please!! This is becoming stupid and I'm about ready to throw in the towel...

Thanks all.


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23 Feb 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Have you tried adding the PC names to the firewall or even disabling the firewall on both machines ?
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23 Feb 2013   #3
Viperion

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

No I haven't - I'm using Windows Firewall (don't shoot me!) on both computers. Can you point me to where I'd add them to (I assume) the exception list?

Thanks
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23 Feb 2013   #4
Viperion

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

CRACKED IT - And the answer was on this forum too

Link to topic: File Sharing Btwn Win 7 and Vista

Answer number 8 is what I was missing - I'd added "Everyone" to the share, but not to the Group or User Names under the Security tab

Thanks!
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23 Feb 2013   #5
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Viperion View Post
CRACKED IT - And the answer was on this forum too

Link to topic: File Sharing Btwn Win 7 and Vista

Answer number 8 is what I was missing - I'd added "Everyone" to the share, but not to the Group or User Names under the Security tab

Thanks!
I'm glad you cracked it Viperion, if not I would have had to post this > HDD sharing
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