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Windows 7: Win 7 cannot connect to Xp pro

06 Jan 2010   #11

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Is this a wired network or do you have some wireless computers? Does each computer have a unique computer name ? Try changing your WorkGroup to something different on all the computers like " winXP7Group " Then rebooting all computers.

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07 Jan 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
try this

on the windows 7 machine from run command type gpedit.msc

1. go to computer configuration
2. go to windows settings
3. go to security settings
4. go to local polices
5. go to security options
5. look for network security: LAN Manager authentacation Level" and change it to "Send LM & NTLM responses"
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07 Jan 2010   #13


Wait, wait, I'm in and it worked. Yes that was the issue, user name being "adminstrator" which I completely overlooked..very bad on my part..Hold on, I'm going re-create the problem and screen shot it so anyone in the future that comes across this problem will not make the same mistakes i did. The pw prompt is a little misleading....It asks for "network password" , and does not specify that it should be the user name of the xp, and i can't believe I am going to do this, do I disconnect the drive to make that pw prompt come up again?
thanks a million
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07 Jan 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

It won't specify that you need to use the username/user account id from the remote machine to get into it. This is commensense i would think.

It probably won't come up again, but if you delete the share and redo it. It might.

Oh and it doesn't have to be the Administrator account, it can be any user account with remote access rights, meaning admin rights. Try creating another username, put it in Administrators group and see.
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07 Jan 2010   #15



a few interesting things...i can fully access the files on the xp computer, read write etc..but win7 still excludes the xp comp from the map.."devices that cannot be mapped"...but still shows it? no commonsense to that..also a lot of posts in different forums say it is not possible to map to an xp comp from win 7 home premium (need ultimate/bus) , i can say for sure that is not true..also for kicks I changed the workgroup name on the xp computer to homegroup and left the name workgroup on the win7 computer...this did not harm the many posts claim this is the silver bullet solution to the problem..
a few things I did
on xp I not only marked all the folders for sharing and included "everyone" under security tab for all folders i wanted to access, but also the c drive, which I guess it considers a folder because it has 'share this folder', also on the drive I included "everyone" under the security tab
don't know if these will work for everyone but there seems to be a lot of folks having issues mapping from win7 to xp (the other way does not seem too problematic)

don't get me wrong I like ms and win7 in general, after trying ubuntu and mac u realize that ms despite its bad rep is still the best platform, though not without issues
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07 Jan 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Don't think about it too much. At the end of the day, everyone learn new things everyday. Best not to believe half the things you read on the net.

If you find this interesting, what till you learn things about domains which lends alot to the name Authenticated Users.
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07 Jan 2010   #17


Note: this post is for those trying to map (connect) their win7 computer to an XP computer.
Here is the pw prompt you may get when trying to map drive from win7 to xp. Note it asks "Enter Network Password" (very misleading) which a lot of people are confusing with the win7 homegroup password. You can't even join a win7 homegroup with xp. What you enter in this prompt is your user name for your windows xp user account, most likely its "Administrator," and your logon password for logging onto winxp. Again: user name is going to be your Windows XP user name and password is your logon pw for winxp, Entering your win7 pw, homegroup pw, xp computer name, win7computer name don't work. Also make sure your xp is configured for sharing (covered elsewhere in this forum).

many thanks to all who helped me configure my xp computer to share the files so now I can see them from my win7 computer. this pw thing was just a bump in the road but in a lot of posts i see folks having issues

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07 Jan 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Hi win7use, it's not what you think it is, that Enter Network Password is just the userid/password of the account of the other machine which will enable you to get access. The fact that you are mapping "over a network", this is all that it means. You basically are not accessing the share locally.

Hope it's understandable.
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07 Jan 2010   #19


sure you can prob better explain the semantics, feel free to clarify..bottom line: it worked for me
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07 Jan 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

There are plenty of ways around the password problem which I have already posted with pictures and explanation. Toggling the "turn password protected sharing on or off and also using the same user name and password also works.

It's not so hard as you think it is, I'm glad you got it figured out Win7use.
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