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Windows 7: 'share with...' specific people aren't listed


11 Jan 2010   #11

Windows 7
 
 

I just ran the network setup wizard on one of the other three machines (the other two are currently off). I used the same workgroup name that I have on THIS (win 7) machine, which was the name that the workgroup the xp machines were on has always been.

Nothing has changed. I can still access files and folders on the xp machine from the win 7 machine and vice versa, but the user on the xp machine does not show up when choosing 'specific people' in the 'share with...' menu.


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11 Jan 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Well the Workgroup name needs to be the same on all machines. XP home will set up the name as MSGROUP by default, so that would need to be changed to Workgroup or what ever name you choose they all need to be the same is all.

The permissions tutorial should help with the other problem.
Sharing and Permissions

Look at the turtorial. Scroll Down to #3, it will show you how to add those names to the list so you can allow for permissions. You may need to reboot your machines after you set up those permissions before they work right.

As for setting up user shares on the XP machines this is how. Notice the part about turning off simple file sharing to allow for better control over individual user shares.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304040
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11 Jan 2010   #13

Windows 7
 
 

I have never used the default names for the workgroup. The network is called (something along the lines of) STUDY. I used this name when joining on the win 7 machine, and I also used this name when running the network setup wizard on the xp machine a moment ago.
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11 Jan 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Alright... I shall put in my knlowledge; just not my spelling. I am from america. It is not a requirement for us.


I will explain what I have in my house.

SERVER COMPUTER:
1) ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUT
2) MEDIA SERVE ACCOUNT

ALL COMPUTERS IN MY HOUSE:

1) ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT (BELONGS TO ME)
2) THE COMPUTER OWNERS ACCOUNT

I have sharing opened and mapped to the server so that tey can pull files to their own folder.

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THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO YOUR COMPUTER:


***Your Computer***
Make a user account for your girlfriend lets call her "Jane" with password

Once you have created the user account you need to log off and log into he account so that her account is fully set up.
One the account is fully set up then log back out and then back into yours


Once you are in your Account:

Open up "cmd" with Run as Administrator

type this in: net user Jane /active:no
hit enter

what this will do is take he name away from the welcome screen but will still keep her in the computer.

That way whe you want to share somthing with your girlfriend, then you can just click on he folder or file and then go to sharing.... if you are using Windows XP, you will select SEARCH (if i am not mistaking) and find JANE and then add her to the list for the file
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11 Jan 2010   #15

Windows 7
 
 

At one stage while trying to set this up, I did some of what you suggest. I created an account with her username on my computer, and then I shared with it. However, it only shared with the non-existent user. That is, I could choose 'share with specific people', and then pick the name from the list, but these shared files did not show up on my girlfriend's computer.

I will try following your instructions word for word and see if it solves it.

Thank you.
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11 Jan 2010   #16

Windows 7
 
 

Should the account on MY computer have the same password that she has on her account on HER computer?
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11 Jan 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well...

If you dont want her to have to type her user name and password everytime she wants to access the files... then having the same user name and password is a must.

or you can change it to what you want and have her log in with those cridentials everytime...
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11 Jan 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is how it is for me. I have the Administrator account set up on all my computers.... even on computers that aren't mine but i do it anyways because there are alot of dumb people in my house that do stupid things and forget easiliy and if they forgot their password or they get a virus that won't allow them in then i can go around it with my Admin password....


Now becuase I have an admin password on all of the computer. All the same creditials then if i have to access a folder that has all the same creditials then it will not ask me for my user name and password becuase I am logged in with that account ont he computer i am working with.

It works the same way with your Girlfriend...

If you have a server computer:
because your not using like 2003 or 2007 server... you should just do it this way.

YOUR COMPUTER
1) ADMIN ACCOUNT
2) YOUR ACCOUNT - YOUR PASSWORD
3) GIRLFRIEND'S USER NAME - PASSWORD THAT SHE USES ON HER COMPUTER

GIRLFRIEND'S COMPUTER
1) ADMIN ACCOUNT
2) GIRLFRIEND'S ACCOUNT...

Here is the thing. if your girlfriend chooses not to give you her password but she will be SOL when it comes to sharing files with her. If she wants to see your files that you share with her then she will have to either use a different password with same user id.... or if she gets lucky and windows 7 allows her to save... thens he can save the credentials (sorry for my spelling, just typing fast)

THEREFORE; THIS THEORY GOES FOR THE REST OF YOUR COMPUTERS ON THE NETWORK
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11 Jan 2010   #19

Windows 7
 
 

I set up an account for her the way you suggest in post #14. I can now type her name into the dialog box under 'choose people to share with' and it shows up underneath (the user icon is slightly translucent though. not sure what that means). However, when I share a file with this account, she cannot see it from her computer. I can only assume that the account on my computer with her name, and the one on her computer are not linked in any way and I am only sharing with the one on my computer. Both accounts have the same user name and password. Are they automatically linked? If so, why is it not happening?

I don't want to put an admin account on my girlfriend's computer, and I don't think she would want me to either. I thought the whole point in using workgroups instead of domains was that each user is on an equal footing. My girlfriend's account IS an admin account on her computer. Do I NEED my own admin account on her computer? If all of this stuff is necessary, why isn't any of it mentioned in any of the network setup tutorial found online?

Thanks again for all the help.
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11 Jan 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'll be perfectly honest with the admin account. All Windows 7 computers have Admin accounts. You are tecnically the admin of the computer but not the true admin. So, the true admin is actually on the computer already, you cannot delete it. It would be smar to activate it for security purposes.

So, you went over to her computer, checked her computers USER profile and made it exactly like it is on your computer with the same exact password... is that correct.

Also, you need to make sure that your Firewalls are configured right and that both of you are in the HOME network as well. Check your network and Sharing center for that

Can you tell me what firewall you are using please/
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