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Windows 7: Allowing XP remote access to selected Windows 7 folders?

31 Dec 2010   #1
450125

Win7 Professional 64
 
 
Allowing XP remote access to selected Windows 7 folders?

Networking issue - Win7 printer, XP remote machines is a thread in this forum where I got some help that allowed me to share my printer (wired to my Windows 7 machine) so that the XP machines in the house could use it.

The substantive advice from that thread was to go to How to Enable Printer & File Sharing between Windows 7 and Windows XP | Windows 7 for a great tutorial on printer and file sharing between Windows 7 and XP machines.

Except - a seemingly simple task I'd like to do isn't working.

On my Windows 7 machine I have a folder with the path name "D:\My Documents\My Pictures (digital)\digital pictures\2010" Reasonably self-evidently, this folder has my photos from 2010.

I'd like to put a desktop shortcut on an XP computer in my home network so that double-clicking on the shortcut allows that user to view the contents (including subfolders) of that path. And it's not happening.

Oddly, there's another computer in the house where I have that capability, and it does work. No idea what I did to cause that to happen - obviously if I did, I'd have fixed it.

The folder in question is shared from the Windows 7 machine. The XP machine shows up in its Network and vice versa. The XP machine is able to print to a network printer connected to the Windows 7 machine.

Could someone, slowly and patiently, tell me step by step what to do to make this happen?

I've created a shortcut and typed in the above pathname as to what the shortcut was supposed to take me to, but I'm being unsuccessful.

Thanks!


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31 Dec 2010   #2
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Try this: Create a Shortcut to a Folder

1. Double-click the "My Computer" icon from the Desktop.

2. Navigate to the folder which is one level above the folder you would like to create a shortcut for.

3. Right-click the folder which you would like to create the shortcut for.

4. From the menu that appears, select "Create Shortcut".

5. A shortcut will now be created for the folder.

6. Next, click and drag the shortcut from the folder onto the Desktop

Credit for article: Computertim Technologies "How to Article Microsoft Windows"

Note: a google search can be a bit faster than waiting for a reply on a forum.
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31 Dec 2010   #3
450125

Win7 Professional 64
 
 

I've searched google and SevenForums trying for an answer. Independent of that I did exactly what you mention and it's not worked. There are some XP computers in my house on which I can create a desktop shortcut that points into a folder on my Win7 machine, giving access to those files. But there are other XP machines where this isn't working. All the machines are able to remotely print, using the printer connected to my Win7 computer.

I'm completely at a loss to figure out why the lack of consistency, and why the approach that I'd intuitively follow for this simple task is not working.
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01 Jan 2011   #4
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Ah, I see. You may need to open up firewall and allow some programs through. You may also need to go into network and sharing center > Advanced sharing Settings and turn on network discovery and such. You might also try expanding the public profile at the bottom and doing the same as you did in the "Home or Work profile" (just in case your computer set tiself to public location instead of private). It could also be some services are not turned on that you need for this sharing to occur (Terminal services?).

Perhaps the real way to solve this is through this site: How to create shortcuts to files and folders | Windows Vista, XP and Windows 7 Tutorials and I will sum it up here. Go to the place you want the shortcut, right click and scroll down to new, than to shrotcut. In the location box, type browse and click the network icon. Hopefully that then will take you to the place you want to go, with some further browsing of the entworked computer. Let me know if it works, cause I don't have networked computers so I can't test it.

P.S. for the most part, you can forget about what I said about the firewall and services being disabled unless this above method doesn't work.
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01 Jan 2011   #5
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

In fact, we have a tutorial right here on these very forums: Network Connections - Create Shortcut and see "Manually Create Shortcut". Don't forget what I told you earlier about network discovery and such, all those settings need to be enabled.

Good luck hope this does the trick
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07 Jan 2011   #6
450125

Win7 Professional 64
 
 

I've left this dormant for a week, but still cannot solve it. Driving me nuts.

Again, to summarize, since I upgraded my computer to Windows 7, every other computer in the house - XP and Win7 - can access stuff on the computer, which wasn't always the case before pre-Win7.

Except for one XP laptop - which HAD been able to access certain directories on my computer before.

When I click on the link on the XP laptop, that points to a shared directory on my computer, I get this message on the XP laptop:
Quote:
The drive or network connection that the shortcut foo.lnk refers to is unavailable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again.
I'll run through a checklist of the obvious to confirm that I have right everything I think I should have:
  • The shortcut on the XP computer points to the correct path/folder name on the Win7 computer
  • The folder in question on Win7 is shared for everyone
  • The folder in question (in fact, the entire data drive it is on) is accessible from other XP and Win7 computers in my home network
  • The Win7 computer "sees" the XP laptop from "Network" and the XP computer "sees" Win7 from its network
  • XP laptop can print to printer hardwired to Win7
  • XP laptop and my Win7 computer are in the same workgroup
  • From XP I can get to the D drive on Win7, I can see all the files/folders on D, but then I can't get down into any of the folders - even though they're shared to everyone on the Win7 machine
This is driving me nuts. I have even tried leaving it alone for a couple days, then from XP explorer accessing the folder by typing it from scratch, and that doesn't work either.

On the one hand, I'm not a networking expert - that's why I'm here asking for help. On the other hand, I have configured this share to work properly from every other computer in the house, and my XP laptop DOES have SOME access to the Windows 7 machine.

What have I overlooked?
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08 Jan 2011   #7
450125

Win7 Professional 64
 
 

Okay, new information - that still leaves me confused.

I can get to the D drive on my Windows 7 machine from my XP computers in the house.

But then I CANNOT get into any of the files or folders on the D drive from the XP machine.

From the Windows 7 machine I have shared the folders - and all computers are in the same workgroup - but despite the folders being shared, the only remote access I have to them is from the other Win7 machine in my house.

Ideas?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 450125 View Post
I've left this dormant for a week, but still cannot solve it. Driving me nuts.

Again, to summarize, since I upgraded my computer to Windows 7, every other computer in the house - XP and Win7 - can access stuff on the computer, which wasn't always the case before pre-Win7.

Except for one XP laptop - which HAD been able to access certain directories on my computer before.

When I click on the link on the XP laptop, that points to a shared directory on my computer, I get this message on the XP laptop:
Quote:
The drive or network connection that the shortcut foo.lnk refers to is unavailable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again.
I'll run through a checklist of the obvious to confirm that I have right everything I think I should have:
  • The shortcut on the XP computer points to the correct path/folder name on the Win7 computer
  • The folder in question on Win7 is shared for everyone
  • The folder in question (in fact, the entire data drive it is on) is accessible from other XP and Win7 computers in my home network
  • The Win7 computer "sees" the XP laptop from "Network" and the XP computer "sees" Win7 from its network
  • XP laptop can print to printer hardwired to Win7
  • XP laptop and my Win7 computer are in the same workgroup
  • From XP I can get to the D drive on Win7, I can see all the files/folders on D, but then I can't get down into any of the folders - even though they're shared to everyone on the Win7 machine
This is driving me nuts. I have even tried leaving it alone for a couple days, then from XP explorer accessing the folder by typing it from scratch, and that doesn't work either.

On the one hand, I'm not a networking expert - that's why I'm here asking for help. On the other hand, I have configured this share to work properly from every other computer in the house, and my XP laptop DOES have SOME access to the Windows 7 machine.

What have I overlooked?
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08 Jan 2011   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Did you set the folders on D: to share with Everyone ?

Allowing XP remote access to selected Windows 7 folders?-share_with_everyone.jpg


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08 Jan 2011   #9
450125

Win7 Professional 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Did you set the folders on D: to share with Everyone ?
Thanks. That was the problem. I *thought* I had, but the problem was I was bringing "Everyone" up in my pulldown sharing menu, but then not adding "Everyone" before sharing.

Sounds like a simple thing to get right, but I was only indiscriminately getting it right. That's why directories would suddenly be shared but I couldn't repeat the process.

So for some future confused schmoe who reads this:
  1. Right click > share with > specific people (I was getting this part correct)
  2. Pick "Everyone" from the drop-down menu (was getting this part correct)
  3. Pick "Add" (THIS was the part I was forgetting! (sometimes anyway)
  4. Click "Share"
It really is easy to do. But so (to me anyway) was screwing it up.

Thanks a lot. Thread solved.
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08 Jan 2011   #10
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Glad you got it. Sometimes it's always the little things that are over-looked
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