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Windows 7: Two win7 rigs, only one can access vista computer

29 Jan 2010   #1

Win7 64 bit X2, Vista 32bit X1
Two win7 rigs, only one can access vista computer

I have 2 Win7 computers, newly built, and a vista maching that is about 2 years old. I retired a couple of XP computers and I moved many of my files into a folder I placed on a partition on the vista computer.

I am trying to access a folder on the vista computer that has some of these files in it, it is a partition on a seperate drive from the /:C drive. Here is what has me pulling my hair out. I can access the folder I want on one win7 computer, but not the other. Of course the one I cannot get access with is the one I want to use to access the folder. I get a message:

Windows cannot access \\computername\foldername

You do not have permission to access \\computername\foldername. Contact your administrator to request access.

I have turned on file sharing, printer sharing, remote access, I have ensured that win7 rig is part of MSHOME workgroup (I dont think it was a problem on the other win7 computer, or I set it up correctly when I installed it the first time) I have turned off guest user account, I am the only user, I made sure user names and passwords were the same for all three computers. As far as I can tell, I am logged in as Dave with an administrator user account on all three computers.

Here is the dig though, in computer management console on vista computer, under system tools/ shared folders/sessions the computer I cannot get access with has guest listed as the user, not Dave.

I have gone through all three computers, and cannot locate anything except that issue with the guest user being different, and I cannot seem to figure out how to fix it. I have rebooted all of them several times after making some changes to no avail.

About the only thing I have not tried is moving the network cable to a different jack on my router.

I am at a loss as to how my second win7 build ended up with different settings then my first one. Can anyone offer me any suggestions?

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29 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Make sure these settings are like the picture below for both Win 7 machines under Advanced Sharing settings.

It might also help to right click on which folders you want to share and enable sharing for "Everyone" on the problem Windows 7 machine.

I'm hoping that you used either the Workgroup or Public file sharing for the network and not Homegroups because Homegroups is made only for Windows 7 machines.

It may also help to run the network setup wizard on the Vista machine again.

If there are Anti Virus's or firewalls those can cause problems also.

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