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Windows 7: Homegroup works for streaming, but not accessing/sharing files???

14 Dec 2013   #1
turbomatic73

WIndows 7 64bit
 
 
Homegroup works for streaming, but not accessing/sharing files???

I have set up a homegroup using Windows 7 on a desktop and Windows 8.1 on a laptop. For some reason I can directly access the documents on the laptop from the desktop, but when I try to access documents on the desktop from the laptop, I get the message "You do not have permission to access..."

There are a couple weird exceptions...

1) I can STREAM content that's on my deskop to my laptop using Windows Media Player...so pictures, videos and music come through using Media Player, I just can't physically access the folders where this content is saved (e.g., My Music, My Videos, etc.).
2) If I save items on my desktop in folders specifically labeled "Public" (e.g., Public Documents, Public Downloads, etc.) I can access the content from my laptop no problem. But ONLY if the files in in these "public" folders.

What gives? When I set up the homegroup, I clicked all boxes under "share libraries and printers" (e.g., pictures, music, documents, etc.), so not sure what's going on here...

ANY IDEAS???

THANKS!!!!


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14 Dec 2013   #2
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Try going through the Homegroup trouble shooter. When in doubt with the Homegroup it's best to start over again by leaving the Homegroup on all machines then rejoin.

Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues - Help Desk Geek
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14 Dec 2013   #3
turbomatic73

WIndows 7 64bit
 
 

tried both...troubleshooter found nothing it could fix. Also tried closing the homegroup and recreating it to no avail. I created it from the laptop and tried it, then closed it and recreated it from the desktop...neither worked. I also just tried shutting down my Windows firewall to see if that helped--didn't work. I am not using any third-party security software either.
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14 Dec 2013   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Are all of the Library folders shared with the Homegroup with read/write access like the picture is showing.


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15 Dec 2013   #5
turbomatic73

WIndows 7 64bit
 
 

Yes, I have specified read/write for all libraries - documents, videos, pictures and music. Can't figure out why anything appearing in a "public" folder works, but nothing else.
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15 Dec 2013   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by turbomatic73 View Post
Yes, I have specified read/write for all libraries - documents, videos, pictures and music. Can't figure out why anything appearing in a "public" folder works, but nothing else.
You might want to check the Advanced Sharing settings at the Network and Sharing Center, make sure that File and Printer sharing, network discovery etc. are all turned on.

If the Public folders work then the share settings must be enabled at C:\Users\Public so you might also check C:\Users folder to make sure that Sharing is enabled on the sharing tab.

When in doubt it's best to leave the Homegroup on all Homegroup machines then create a new Homegroup then rejoin.
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15 Dec 2013   #7
turbomatic73

WIndows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by turbomatic73 View Post
Yes, I have specified read/write for all libraries - documents, videos, pictures and music. Can't figure out why anything appearing in a "public" folder works, but nothing else.
You might want to check the Advanced Sharing settings at the Network and Sharing Center, make sure that File and Printer sharing, network discovery etc. are all turned on.

If the Public folders work then the share settings must be enabled at C:\Users\Public so you might also check C:\Users folder to make sure that Sharing is enabled on the sharing tab.

When in doubt it's best to leave the Homegroup on all Homegroup machines then create a new Homegroup then rejoin.
I've done everything suggested here...
  • I checked Advanced Sharing settings and marked everything as "on" (file and printer sharing, network discovery, etc.)
  • I clicked "properties" then the "sharing" tab for My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos etc. and enabled read/write sharing on all of them
  • I have deleted and re-created the homegroup 3 times. I have created it from the laptop (then deleted it) and created it from the desktop (twice) and deleted it.

NONE of these solutions work. Exact same results for all of them.

I even tried creating a separate user account on my desktop and sharing all documents within the new user account to see if maybe it was just the Administrator account that was locked from network access...this did nothing--same results.

Really frustrating...streaming still works, and "public" folders, but nothing else.
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17 Dec 2013   #8
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Any type of third party anti virus software installed on either of these machines?
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17 Dec 2013   #9
turbomatic73

WIndows 7 64bit
 
 

Nope...just the native Windows Firewall
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17 Dec 2013   #10
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

On the Windows 7 machine with the access problem try adding the Everyone share to the Homegroup sharing settings like in the picture.


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