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Windows 7: Cannot connect to network

06 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Cannot connect to network

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate x64. I have all my drives shared on my network, but when I try to access the network on another machine, I can see the computer, but cannot connect to the computer, as it asks for a username and password. I have homegroup turned off on this machine, and also have user names and passwords disabled. Can anyone help me get things working? I had it working before I had to do a reinstall, and now I can't figure it out. Thanks in advance for your help!


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07 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Can anyone please help me here? I am desperately seeking a good answer!
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07 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

If memory serves me correct….. Microsoft changed the way network connections work; you MUST have a password in order to make a network connection. HomeGroup uses a password to connect, if you disabled passwords this may be why it does not work.
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07 May 2010   #4

 

Simply provide a password for your user profile and then try to connect.
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07 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I did try using a password, but it did not work. I am 100% certain that you do not have to use passwords, because I had it up and running two weeks ago, on my previous install. I was forced to do a complete reinstall, however, and am missing something, but I can't for the life of me figure out what.
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07 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Homegroup does require you to have a "group" password for all the computers to work. I am sure that if you use "workgroup" you dont need a password.

How many computers are you trying to connect together and what are their OS? That way we can see what we can do about narrowing down the problem.
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07 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

If you are using a WORKGROUP and all computers have the same username and password, say Username = Admin and Password = Pa$$w0rd you can connect to any computer without the need to enter a password because the password will be passed in the background. Maybe that is what you were doing 2 weeks ago????
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07 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

that is actually how i have my computer. I just have to turn on my computers, enter the password for the protection and then lock the windows with Windows Key + L.... other than that i have full access to everything.

net user administrator /active:yes

it is the best thing since slice bread!
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07 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

What happens when you type this from the command prompt?:

net use * \\computername\c$ <enter>
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07 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Users\Administrator>net use
New connections will be remembered.
There are no entries in the list.

C:\Users\Administrator>net use * \\server-pc\c$
Drive Z: is now connected to \\server-pc\c$.
The command completed successfully.

C:\Users\Administrator>
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