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Windows 7: Networking Windows 7 and Vista


08 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 - Ultimate
 
 
Networking Windows 7 and Vista

Hi all.
I am currently about to go COMPLETLEY bald!
I am trying to network 2 computers (one with windows 7 and the other vista, obviously)
I have read everyhting i have found on the internet about what to do and how to do it but nothing seems to help!
I previously had the computer with 7 able to see vista but not the other way around, HOWEVER, now that has dissapeared!!!
In addition to file/printer sharing, i would like to be able to connect the second computer to the internet through the first, again, i was able to have the internet connected to the computer with 7 on it and vista could access it, but if i swap it over the same does not apply.. and for no reason.

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP?
i am nearing throwing both computers onto a highway!

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08 Jul 2010   #2

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

Let's start with file sharing:

(This is for both machines) Open an elevated Command Prompt:

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Code:
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="File and Printer Sharing" new enable=Yes
See if that gets your file sharing working.
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08 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 - Ultimate
 
 

that's run cmd right?
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08 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 - Ultimate
 
 

I have done both computers, the vista computer can see limited files but the 7 computer keeps prompting for a username and password, the computerhas 3 user accounts but no password. any ideas a
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08 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MatthewChilds View Post
Hi all.
I am currently about to go COMPLETLEY bald!
I am trying to network 2 computers (one with windows 7 and the other vista, obviously)
I have read everyhting i have found on the internet about what to do and how to do it but nothing seems to help!
I previously had the computer with 7 able to see vista but not the other way around, HOWEVER, now that has dissapeared!!!
In addition to file/printer sharing, i would like to be able to connect the second computer to the internet through the first, again, i was able to have the internet connected to the computer with 7 on it and vista could access it, but if i swap it over the same does not apply.. and for no reason.

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP?
i am nearing throwing both computers onto a highway!
Does the part in bold mean that you aren't using a router and need to use ICS to network both of those machines? You can also try turning off password protected sharing in the Advanced sharing settings window.
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08 Jul 2010   #6

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MatthewChilds View Post
I have done both computers, the vista computer can see limited files but the 7 computer keeps prompting for a username and password, the computerhas 3 user accounts but no password. any ideas a
You need to have the same account and password on all machines for this to work. You must use a password, unless you want to disable most of your security.
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08 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 - Ultimate
 
 

ok so if i put the same three accounts onto the 7 computer and just put a easy password on all accounts it should work?
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08 Jul 2010   #8

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

Sure that will work. Then you can map a drive and it will re-map every time you reboot. (unless the other machine is off)
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08 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 - Ultimate
 
 

ok fantastic file sharing is working!

i have a stupid wireless usb internet, will internet sharing still work like it used to?
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09 Jul 2010   #10

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

It should, give it a test.
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