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Windows 7: 3 PC's on Win7 Ultimate - One not connecting b/c Username / password

25 Aug 2010   #1
HexusOdy

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
3 PC's on Win7 Ultimate - One not connecting b/c Username / password

If anyone can help me here I'd appreciate it in the extreme! I've spent 2 days trying to resolve this pretty much full time!!

I have 3 Windows 7 systems - An HTPC in my Lounge, and VAIO Laptop and a VAIO Desktop I use mainly as a Server.

Until 2 days ago the Server was on Vista but decided to upgrade for speed and so all machines were the same. So I installed the upgrade and it went as simply as the other machines did in the past.

So all 3 machines now have Win7 with the same network shares I had set up before. The Laptop with access the HTPC and Server shares, the Server will access the HTPC and Laptop shares but the HTPC will only access the laptop shares, not the server!

Every time I try to access the server from the HTPC it asks for a Username and Password (and it won't accept correct ones) but I have Password protected sharing turned off on all 3 machines, and the laptop gets in without a hitch.

All 3 machines have the same Group policies for security such as Guest account turned off, LAN authentication all match. Every policy is identical. I've tuned off the tick box in netplwiz for requiring user authentication and all those other tips.

I've put the same user accounts and passwords on all machines and it didn't make a difference to the HTPC accessing the Server, and the others all access each other fine without the same account on all of them.

I only have Windows firewall on the system I can't access and I've tried it while disabled and still no joy.


I can't see it being the server as the laptop connects without a hitch, what could be causing the HTPC to keep asking for a password that isn't required? I've even done a new install on the HTPC and I get the same thing!

Any help GREATLY appreciated!


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25 Aug 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Are you using workgroups? Do all three have the same workgroup name?
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25 Aug 2010   #3
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Have you checked the time/date on all machines to make sure they are set correctly? You sometimes need to check the bios time also to make sure it's correct.

Did you upgrade from Vista or was it a clean installation of Windows 7?
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25 Aug 2010   #4
HexusOdy

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Are you using workgroups? Do all three have the same workgroup name?
Yep, all 3 are in the default WORKGROUP. As I say 2 of them can see both ways, and the last 1 can see one way but as look would have it the one I can't access is the only one I really need!
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25 Aug 2010   #5
HexusOdy

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Have you checked the time/date on all machines to make sure they are set correctly? You sometimes need to check the bios time also to make sure it's correct.

Did you upgrade from Vista or was it a clean installation of Windows 7?
The windows times are the same, I've checked them twice and they are all spot on. I haven't checked BIOS times but would that really make a difference? Anyway it can't be that. All 3 machines can access each other in all directions except HTPC to server.

The server that I cannot access was an upgrade from Vista Ultimate x32. It worked fine before that.
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25 Aug 2010   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Upgrade installations can cause problems such as you are describing. It might be worth while to try a clean install from the upgrade CD.
Clean Install Windows 7
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25 Aug 2010   #7
HexusOdy

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I have just noticed that in Network and Sharing Centre on the Laptop and Server they both say they are connected to BeBox (my router) but on the HTPC it says Network instead of BeBox.

So connected to Network. Could that have a bearing? It still sees all the other systems so its obviously on the same network but could the name be an issue and if so how do I fix it?
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25 Aug 2010   #8
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

You can change the name by clicking on the little house. Shouldn't make a difference though.
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25 Aug 2010   #9
HexusOdy

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Just discovered that even using HomeGroup which is supposed to make things fool proof it still asks for a username and password on anything I share in Homegroup from the server.

Surely anything in Homegroup should never ask for a password because you already joined the Homegroup with a password?
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25 Aug 2010   #10
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HexusOdy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Are you using workgroups? Do all three have the same workgroup name?
Yep, all 3 are in the default WORKGROUP. As I say 2 of them can see both ways, and the last 1 can see one way but as look would have it the one I can't access is the only one I really need!
Did you hard code any ip addresses? Are all unique?
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