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Windows 7: Win7 + Vista on same network problem(s)

21 Jan 2010   #1

Win 7
Win7 + Vista on same network problem(s)

Hi Guys,
I have following configuration:
A laptop with Vista Home Premium, and a Desktop with Windows7 Pro, both connected together via cabled network.
Both systems recognize each other on the Lan, and with the Vista box I can share files with the Windows 7 box (through Password Access) BUT with the Windows 7 box I can't access the files on the vista!
My Access name and/or password is rejected !!!
Those PSW are the same on both systems, I use the same home network name on both, and on both I have administrator rights.
I read a lot of possible solutions on this forum but none worked for me, so before doing any strange decision I ask you what can I possibly have overseen.
Oh yes, I also disabled the firewall on both systems but still with no access to the Vista.
Hopefully you have a solution for me. Notice I'm not a network expert, so please be clear in the description of the steps I have to do to solute this. Thankx.

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21 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

I'm not sure what Password Access does, but have you tried without that program?
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21 Jan 2010   #3

Win 7
Password Access

I mean by this that for accessing a shared folder or drive, Windows 7 and Vista ask for Login + Psw, as both OS use PSW protection for drives, folders and files.

But looking further for a solution, I encounter this link:
How to make Windows 7 work with older Windows versions for networking and file sharing.

and believe it or not but removing the PSW request on the Vista box made everything work.

So now I still have a question: what's the purpose to allow PSW protection for drives, folders and files if one OS can not access to the other?
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21 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

When you share a folder for example over a "network", to access it you need to be authenticated. This is for security reasons and i would not try and alter it. If it askes you to put in userid and password, do so. Windows 7 and vista should cosmetically me very similar. have you tried putting in the computername/username in the username field?. the comptuername would be the name of the vista machine.
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