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Windows 7: Sharing File Access - WinXP and Win7


04 Nov 2009   #1

Win7 & WinXP
 
 
Sharing File Access - WinXP and Win7

Hi there - great forum!

I'm sorry if this has been asked before but I haven't managed to find out the solution from existing threads or tutorials.

I have WinXP on my desktop (let's call it DESKTOP) and Windows 7 on my laptop (let's call it LAPTOP). I have given both machines a workgroup name (let's call it HOME).

So, I connected LAPTOP to the same router as DESKTOP and, hey presto, I have internet access on both. So far, so good!

Due to luck or skill, not sure which, I am able to access any LAPTOP files I mark as shared on my DESKTOP. However, I can't seem to connect to my DESKTOP from my LAPTOP. So, I can see stuff from the Windows 7 machine on my WinXP machine but not the other way around.

As my username suggests, I'm not very technical so any simple guidance will be very gratefully received


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04 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7
 
 

Hello SillyGirl, welcome. Here's a link for you....

Sharing and Permissions
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04 Nov 2009   #3

Win7 & WinXP
 
 

Hi there - thanks for the link.

I'm trying to share my WinXP files though so right clicking on the folder and selecting properties only brings up 3 tabs (General, Sharing, Customize). Under the 'sharing' tab I have ticked 'share this folder on the network' and given it the same share name as the folder name.

Then I go into my Windows 7 system and click on 'Network' and it only brings up Computer, Media Devices, Network Infrastructure (i.e. my router).

Hope that makes sense!
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04 Nov 2009   #4

Win7 & WinXP
 
 

Update: My Windows 7 machine can now see my WinXP machine now that I've turned off 'password protected sharing'

Alas, when I click on it, I am told: Windows cannot access \\DESKTOP (my XP machine)
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04 Nov 2009   #5

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SillyGirl View Post
Hi there - thanks for the link.

I'm trying to share my WinXP files though so right clicking on the folder and selecting properties only brings up 3 tabs (General, Sharing, Customize). Under the 'sharing' tab I have ticked 'share this folder on the network' and given it the same share name as the folder name.

Then I go into my Windows 7 system and click on 'Network' and it only brings up Computer, Media Devices, Network Infrastructure (i.e. my router).

Hope that makes sense!
SillyGirl; I found this link to a similar discussion from a while back. Even if this does not solve your issue, perhaps it will lead you to a solution?

Sharing permissions problem

Also at the very bottom of the page are some links to other threads that might be helpful.

Cheers!
Robert
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04 Nov 2009   #6

Win7 & WinXP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SillyGirl View Post
Hi there - thanks for the link.

I'm trying to share my WinXP files though so right clicking on the folder and selecting properties only brings up 3 tabs (General, Sharing, Customize). Under the 'sharing' tab I have ticked 'share this folder on the network' and given it the same share name as the folder name.

Then I go into my Windows 7 system and click on 'Network' and it only brings up Computer, Media Devices, Network Infrastructure (i.e. my router).

Hope that makes sense!
SillyGirl; I found this link to a similar discussion from a while back. Even if this does not solve your issue, perhaps it will lead you to a solution?

Sharing permissions problem

Also at the very bottom of the page are some links to other threads that might be helpful.

Cheers!
Robert
Thanks Robert - I'll have a read of these and play around a little
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04 Nov 2009   #7

Win7 & WinXP
 
 

Solved at last!

Disabling all firewalls except my router firewall did the trick.
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04 Nov 2009   #8

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SillyGirl View Post
Solved at last!

Disabling all firewalls except my router firewall did the trick.
Great! Glad you found a solution.

Happy surfing!
Robert
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