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)
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 Windows 7 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...