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Windows 7: How to configure a Vista PC to join a W7 workgroup??

17 Apr 2010   #1
provlima

 
 
How to configure a Vista PC to join a W7 workgroup??

Brink's tutorial explained the creation of a workgroup on a Windows 7 PC

What then would be the proper way to configure a Vista laptop to join the workgroup created on the Windows 7 PC?

Thanks for your help!


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17 Apr 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

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17 Apr 2010   #3
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi there,

Here's a tutorial from Microsoft on how to do it: Networking home computers running different versions of Windows

Let me know if that helps at all.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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17 Apr 2010   #4
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by provlima View Post
Brink's tutorial explained the creation of a workgroup on a Windows 7 PC

What then would be the proper way to configure a Vista laptop to join the workgroup created on the Windows 7 PC?

Thanks for your help!
You don't. You configure the Win7 machine to join the Vista group.
If the Vista machine is working, leave it alone... work on the Win7 machine.
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17 Apr 2010   #5
provlima

 
 
After setup

I've set up file sharing between a Vista Laptop and a Windows 7 Desktop but here's my problem.

The W7 desktop can see and access the Laptop's files but there is a problem with the Vista Laptop - it can only see the file folders on the Desktop PC BUT not access them.

I get a window that advises Windows cannot access\\Desktop\My Pictures.

When I click the diagnose the network problem button I receive a response, "My Pictures is available but the user account you are logged on with was denied access. What exactly is the user account in the context of this? I never was prompted to set a user account up??

Where do you think I might have made a mistake, and how can I resolve the issue???
Thanks for your help!!
Jim
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17 Apr 2010   #6
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by provlima View Post
I've set up file sharing between a Vista Laptop and a Windows 7 Desktop but here's my problem.

The W7 desktop can see and access the Laptop's files but there is a problem with the Vista Laptop - it can only see the file folders on the Desktop PC BUT not access them.

I get a window that advises Windows cannot access\\Desktop\My Pictures.

When I click the diagnose the network problem button I receive a response, "My Pictures is available but the user account you are logged on with was denied access. What exactly is the user account in the context of this? I never was prompted to set a user account up??

Where do you think I might have made a mistake, and how can I resolve the issue???
Thanks for your help!!
Jim
You went to work on the Vista machine didn't you?

I hope you kept a record of what you changed over there... 'cause the best thing you can do at this point is put it all back.

On the win7 machine you need to do this...

http://www.sevenforums.com/network-s...tml#post684650

See the thing is that an older computer cannot know the future so an older OS will not connect with a newer one. However the newer OS can know the past and, unless seriously braindead, should be able to backdate itself to connect with the older one.
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18 Apr 2010   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

My view is that you would want to join the Windows 7 workgroup from the Vista machine and not the other way around. You would in fact want to join the workgroup created on the Windows 7 machine by running the network set up wizard on the Vista machine. I've been saying it that way since day one and it's served me well. After that it should be just a matter of setting up the permissions correctly.
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