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Windows 7: Cant access public folder without user name and password?

29 Jan 2011   #1

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Cant access public folder without user name and password?

Hi hope some one can help as this is really bugging me.

I have 2 HP laptops running Windows 7. I can access the puplic folder and printer sharing from the first laptop to the secound. When I try to access the puplic folder from the secound laptop to the first I get this error.

As far as I know all my setting are correct in the 2 laptops. here is the screen shotts on the setting.

and the other laptop all looks the same so I dont understand why its asking for passwords.

Any help would be great.

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29 Jan 2011   #2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

If you know the credentials, you might check that box that says to remember them and it likely wont appear again
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30 Jan 2011   #3
the jimmy

Win 7 32bit HP

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
If you know the credentials, you might check that box that says to remember them and it likely wont appear again
I have the same issue, and like the OP a password hasn't been setup. And the password protected sharing is turned off....
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01 Feb 2011   #4

windows 7

Like jimmy said above I have never set up a password. Anyone any idea with this one?
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04 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I had the same issue. I have 3PCs, all running Win7, in a workgroup. I use the same local username on all 3 PCs, however I only have a password on 2 of them. The password is the same on both PCs that are password protected. The machine without a password attached to the username could not access Public Folders.

To fix the issue you can use the same username & password on every machine. If you do this your User Folders and Public Folders will be visible. Or you can use a unique username (with or without passwords) on every machine and only Public Folders will be visible when you browse your network.
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05 Feb 2011   #6

windows 7

Thanks for your replies. I thought I would have a go at the user name and password so I tried user name "admin" and password "admin". It worked so there must be a default password set up in windows 7 somewhere with admin for a user name and admin for a password. If anyone els gets the same problem try typing in admin for both user name and password.
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19 Jun 2011   #7

windows 7 Professional, Windows Vista Basic

I had the same problem but to i figured a way to resolve it. All I did was go into Control Panel>Network and Internet>Network and Sharing Centre>Choose Homegroup and Sharing Options>Change Advance Sharing Settings>Then tick the "Turn Off Password Protected Sharing" Save the settings and then you are done.
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