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Windows 7: Legacy Networking - Simple File Sharing

26 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit RTM
 
 
Legacy Networking - Simple File Sharing

Hi

I have 2 Windows 7 machines connected to a network with several other devices all of which I can see in Windows Explorer - Networking. I've set up shares on each of the Windows 7 machines and turned off Password protected sharing in Advanced sharing settings. The first time I try to access shares on either of the Windows 7 machines from the other machine it asks for a username and password before I can access the shares. Once the credentials have been accepted the shares continue until the machine is rebooted. Setting the 'Remember credentials' box on the login page doesn't help. Other shared resources (XP desktop, NAS, Media player) on the network all work fine from either of the Win 7 machines. What I am looking for is the equivalent of the old "Simple file sharing" from XP, can anyone tell me how to set this in Windows 7 (Ultimate & Professional)?

Andy


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26 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Old style simple file sharing has changed considerably since the XP days. You will need to use either public file sharing or the Workgroup to share files between XP and Windows 7.

Try this tutorial.> Networking home computers running different versions of Windows
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26 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit RTM
 
 

Thanks for that. Just about everything works as it should, the only issue I have is that I need to input Username & Password the first time I try to connect between either of the 2 Win 7 machines after first logging on.

I've already been through the link you kindly provided and everything is as it should be.

Cheers - Andy
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26 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Make sure all these settings are set like the screen shots below for both Home, Work and public file sharing.

Also try turning on passwork protected sharing in the Home and Work advanced settings as this is supposed to keep you from having to enter the password. Try it in both the on and off positions.


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26 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit RTM
 
 

Well. if I turn password protected sharing ON, it still asks for the credentials but it at least remembers them for the next boot if I tell it to remember. (I've also set the same Username & Password on both Win 7 PCs which might be helping.)

This solves the immediate problem but I'm sure I'm now going to have trouble accessing shares from non Win 7 devices. That'll be tomorrow's problem!

Andy
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26 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Well at least I helped out that problem. Using the same user name and password does help when sharing between different Op systems as you found out.

As for accessing the other shares, it should work if permissions are set up correctly. Tutorial for permissions > Sharing and Permissions



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