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Windows 7: sharing files on a win7 machine with XP machines


31 Oct 2009   #1

 
 
sharing files on a win7 machine with XP machines

When I share a folder from my windows 7 machine, my XP machines are unable to access those folders; I get NOT ACCESSIBLE errors, the only folder that works is USERS, which isn't a whole lot of use to me, as all my data is on another drive. The windows 7 machine is able to see all shared files and folders on the XP machines. All computers are connected to the same work group, and I tried giving shared folders the same exact settings as Users, but to no avail. I've even shut off windows firewall and it still doesn't work.


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31 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

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31 Oct 2009   #3

 
 

I did. That guide allows \users\public to be shared, but says nothing about sharing folders that are not in \users\public
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31 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

It shouldn't matter. They just used it as an example. As long as file sharing is on, go through the screens when you right click on the HD or folder you want to share and allow full access to everyone.
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31 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

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01 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 OEM
 
 

If your Windows 7 PC can see inside the XP machines, why not use the Windows 7 Computer to transfer the data you want to the XP machine, rather than using the XP machine to browse for what you want to transfer?
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01 Nov 2009   #7

 
 

Because, perhaps, I want to watch a video file that is stored on my windows 7 machine on my laptop, which has a much nicer screen, without transferring it over?
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01 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 OEM
 
 

Fair enough. Why not place the video in the folder that you CAN access?
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01 Nov 2009   #9

 
 

Drive space. The only folder that can be viewed by other machines on the network is on the C drive, and my C drive isn't that big. It has space for windows and the programs I use on a daily basis, but not space for videos. I'd have to constantly cycle stuff through the shared directory, which is a bit of a pain to do.
If I could put the \users\public folder someplace else, and have it still work, that would fix my problem
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01 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 OEM
 
 

This is a VERY long shot, but perhaps, in the \users\public folder (whichever folder the XP machine can see on your Windows 7 machine), create a shortcut to your other drive. Im not 100% this will work, but its worth a try, right?
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