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Windows 7: XP System Cannot Access Windows 7 System

18 Nov 2014   #1
mjattie

Home Edition 32 bit
 
 
XP System Cannot Access Windows 7 System

I have two systems both connected to the same router. Both used to be XP systems, and the network set up went smoothly and thereafter functioned trouble free. I have just upgrade my compatible system to Windows 7, so now I have one XP system and one Windows 7 system connected to the same router. The network set up went okay. However, even though I have enabled all drives in each system to be accessed by the other system, a portion of the networking is blocked. When I try to access the drives on the 7 system from the XP system, I am blocked by a requirement of inputting a pass word THAT I NEVER INTENDED TO CREATE! How do I bypass this barrier or better still, eliminate the barrier?


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18 Nov 2014   #2
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hi mjattie,

What type of Security programs do you have installed? Please disable them for now, enable it after the troubleshooting process.

Did you have a Workgroup setup?
Workgroup Name - View and Change

Also, make sure that your XP and W7 file sharing is setup correctly.
File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)

Above Tutorials are provided by Brink.
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18 Nov 2014   #3
mjattie

Home Edition 32 bit
 
 

Yes, thank you 2xg. Workgroup is set up. File sharing is set up. The 7 system reads EVERYTHING from the XP system. The XP system sees the 7 icon BUT IS NOT ALLOWED IN WITHOUT A PASSWORD, WHICH I NEVER INTENDED TO CREATE! How do I bypass the password barrier or better still, eliminate the password barrier altogether?

P.s. I am confused about what the “troubleshooting process” means. If our communication takes place over several days, would not the disabling of my security software create danger for my computer?
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18 Nov 2014   #4
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

A little misunderstanding, sorry.... just for now.... whenever you attempt to troubleshoot, disable then re-enable it back right away. Do you have a Norton or McAfee installed by any chance on one or both computers?
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P.s. I am confused about what the “troubleshooting process” means. If our communication takes place over several days, would not the disabling of my security software create danger for my computer?
Do a test - create identical User Names and Passwords on both computers. In my own experience this helps.
I'm also aware of this.
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I am blocked by a requirement of inputting a pass word THAT I NEVER INTENDED TO CREATE! How do I bypass this barrier or better still, eliminate the barrier?
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18 Nov 2014   #5
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

I'm not sure you can access the shared drives/folders on a Win7 machine from outside, without first providing the connection credentials (i.e. the same Windows logon and password you use when you boot the Win7 machine and get to the Welcome screen).

And I don't think that can work without a password. Can't have username but no password, and certainly can't have no username and no password. Though this might work for booting up your Win7 system and bypassing the Welcome screen or avoiding entry of a password, it won't work for permitting remote access from an external machine.

In other words, I'm not sure you can provide shared access to your Win7 system without requiring a Windows logon (at the Welcome screen) with both username and password. This is designed for your protection and security, and really allowing entry to your Windows system without requiring a password is just an invitation for havoc from hackers, as low a likelihood as you think that is for your own situation.

I've had to deal with this with friends, who also have multiple machines in the house (e.g. husband and wife) and they never had bothered to have a password for either machine. They just wanted to power them on, and bingo Windows desktop appears. But when trying to connect the two via the LAN (i.e. through their home router) it was not possible to see the contents of either machine from the other, because there was no username+password to provide to the credentials dialog. I had to convince them both that all it took was Control Panel -> Users -> set password, on both machines (which would need to be entered only once per every-so-often when the machine was actually re-booted and the Welcome screen logon appeared), and that would be the end of the problem.

They agreed, and are now happily sharing data back and forth between the machines. Win7 is more secure than WinXP, and this is just one reason: Windows logon password required if you want to make your machine's allowed shared resources available to outside users. And of course, you can check the "remember my credentials" box, so this dialog will appear only once on the XP machine, the very first time you connect to the Win7 machine. From that point on you'll never again be bothered.

All it takes is adding a password to your Win7 user logon, and then entered on the Welcome screen Windows logon (whenever and if ever that you do boot the Win7 machine), and then just once that very first time you connect to the Win7 machine from the WinXP machine. Seems like a tiny price to pay for the added security.
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19 Nov 2014   #6
mjattie

Home Edition 32 bit
 
 

Thanks, dsperber. Very informative. I could give it a try when I get a chance, or I can "quit while I am ahead" and continue to make "use" of WinXPís less secure access, allowing the 7 system to do all of the work back and forth between the computers.
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