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Windows 7: Networking Pro, Home, and XP

20 Nov 2009   #1

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
Networking Pro, Home, and XP

My main server at home runs Win 7 Pro (64). I configured its sharing so that another one of my PCs that runs XP Home (32) can access public shares on the server and access a shared printer on the server...and life is good. I can access those shares and the printer without a username and password.

The problem - another desktop that I have running Win 7 Home (64) cannot access those shares without entering the credentials for the server Win 7 Pro server.

I am confused. How can the XP server access the files without any username/password but another client running Win 7 Home is required to enter a username/password?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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23 Nov 2009   #2

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit

Shameless bump.
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23 Nov 2009   #3


Try using your 'workgroup' in networking instead of using the newer 'homegroup' facility in Windows 7... I have XP talking to Windows 7, and Windows 7 to Windows 7, all working fine on this basis between multiple machines.
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23 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You should read this well written white paper from Microsoft:
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23 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

yep...what keg said. Thirty some pages but well worth it, pay particular attention to page six and you'll be an expert in no time
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24 Nov 2009   #6

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit

Great...thanks much for the pointer.
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