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Windows 7: Cannot connect from Windows 7 to Windows XP


21 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Cannot connect from Windows 7 to Windows XP

I can connect and share folder of Windows 7 Ultimate from Windows XP Professional. But I cannot do vice-versa. When I go to Network and Sharing my XP computer is displayed there. But when I click on it asks for the Network password, while my XP machine doesn't have any logon password.

In brief cannot connect to XP machine from Windows 7.

Any solution for this??

Regards and Thanks in advance

Shibu

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21 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Enable simple file sharing on your Windows XP machine. The setting is in folder options.

Hopefully this should work.

Tom
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21 Oct 2009   #3

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

You cant log on to a windows machine over the network when there is a blank password (or no password) unless you change the default security policy, which I would not recommend.
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21 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Have just run this in one of my virtual training labs so can confirm that it works (although probably not the most secure solution in the world):

- Create a user on your Windows XP machine that has a password. Use gpedit.msc to stop this user logging in locally (i.e prevent them from being able to use the machine).

- Disable simple file sharing (despite what I said earlier)

- Create your network shares and make sure that the newly created user has rights to them, both in the share and the security settings.

- When you browse over the network to your Windows XP machine from your Windows 7 machine and get prompted for a username and password; use the credentials from the account you have just created.

This should allow you to browse to certain file shares that you have created on your Windows XP machine form your Windows 7 machine. If you need access to everything (and again this isn't the most secure way of doing things BUT if you don't have a password on the machine anyway it won't make a lot of difference), set the newly created account up as an administrator. Then when you want to access your XP machine over the network use: "\\WINDOWSXPMACHINENAME\C$"
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21 Oct 2009   #5

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

That will work, Iomegaman.

Strangely, if you dont want to be prompted you can create identical users (that is, identical usernames AND passwords) on each computer and the credentials will be accepted automatically.
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21 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Yes this is true, but I guessed (probabaly incorrectly!) that the original poster may be using "MyName" without a password to log into his XP machine and wanted to keep it password free, and using the same "MyName" username on the Windows 7 machine but with a passsword.

Also, in a workgroup it is good practice to have to authenticate with some more credentials against a remote machine before accesing it. It stops a lot of accidental file deletion etc, especially if playing with scripting and other tools.

Tom
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21 Oct 2009   #7

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I agree.

Also, disabling the policy that prevents network logon with a blank password is highly unrecommended.
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22 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iomegaman View Post
Enable simple file sharing on your Windows XP machine. The setting is in folder options.

Hopefully this should work.

Tom
Thanks for the comment. But Use simple file sharing (Recommended) is selected by default.
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22 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iomegaman View Post
Yes this is true, but I guessed (probabaly incorrectly!) that the original poster may be using "MyName" without a password to log into his XP machine and wanted to keep it password free, and using the same "MyName" username on the Windows 7 machine but with a passsword.

Also, in a workgroup it is good practice to have to authenticate with some more credentials against a remote machine before accesing it. It stops a lot of accidental file deletion etc, especially if playing with scripting and other tools.

Tom
My username for both computers are different. So what is the thing that exactly I have to do?
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22 Oct 2009   #10

7 rc 7100
 
 

i would say set a simple password up for both users (can be same password for both) pc will bee a little safer and you will no all the info

i set share with everyone on my network (but not live side or roughter) and right click and shareing on each file i want to share on both xp and 7
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