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Windows 7: Best way to share with Vista etc.

26 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
Best way to share with Vista etc.

What would be the best way to set up the local network so that
machines can share files and printers with each other?

There is an ADSL-modem/DHCP-server/router/firewall and a wireless hot-spot
connected to it. (Kind of radio extension of the LAN.)

There is an old Windows2000 SP4 desktop that acts as "the server":
Printers are connected to it, and it's used for "central storage" so that most
of the files to be accessed from all machines are kept in its disks.
This machine has no WLAN, so it needs to be connected via cable.

There is also a Windows7 basic laptop connected via WLAN.

There is a Vista desktop connected via WLAN.

There is a Vista laptop connected sometimes via cable, sometimes via WLAN.

All operating systems are 32-bit. The Vistas are SP2.

The problem:

Between the other machines the default workgroup and simple file and printer
sharing works fine, but with the Windows7 laptop there are problems:
Sometimes the other machines in the LAN aro found, sometimes not.
Internet is always accessible, but the resources on other machines sometimes are
and sometimes are not.

The disappearing of the other machines fro Windows7 "network-folder" doesn't
seem to be dependent from time or anything. It looks quite random.
After boot, everything is seen. Then you surf in the net foe a while, and 2 machines
have disappeared. Later all the other machines, icluding the hotspot and the
ADSL-modem are disappeared, mut the internet still works fine.

If I open the "file damager" and try to open a shared directory on the Win2000
machine by typing ""\\WIN2KPC\shareddir" in the address-bar it sometimes opens,
sometimes opens when given the username/password, and sometimes
just gives an error message (no chance of giving any username/password),
that windows cannot access the target (sorry, poor translation from Finnish)
with error code 0x80004005.

You never know if you can or cannot access the shared directories.
And that's most irritating.
I guess due to just one Win7 machine, home network is out of question.

How to stop the Win7 machine from "loosing" the other machines in the network?
What could possibly cause the problem?

Newest Malwarebytes hasn't found anything.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit

Anyone? Where to start looking?

The problem is that the "loosing" of other machines may happen at any time.
Yesterday a shared folder was open in the "file manager" (windows explorer), and I tried to download
a file into that very folder - got "windows cannot access the folder..." and refreshing the view in
windows explorer caused the same error.

The UAC was turned to level zero, but it doesn't help.

Also, all other machines don't disappear at once. Typically some of the other machines are seen
some not. And the machines lost seem to be quite random - the other machines are not always
lost in the same order.

And only Windows7-machine looses them. Not any of the other machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit

My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Mar 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit

The sharing suddenly works, but no reason is found why it doesn't work
without Network Magic. No problems have been found.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit

Weird. First I removed the Network Magic, rebooted and then installed SP1.
After reboot all other machines were there in the network-folder, but after a while
they disappeared. When I tried to refresh the network folder, I got an annoucement
that printer and folder sharing was disabled. So I let them to be enabled again and the
other machines re-appeared in the folder again.

Like I said, between the other machines (windows 2000 + 2x windows Vista) the
sharing has worked OK all the time. One of the Vista-machines is running Norton
and all the other machines are running AVG (including the Windows 7 machine).

Still the only machine with problems to see other machines is the Windows 7 machine.
None of the machines have firewall enableed, since the wireless is crypted and the ADSL
modem runs firewall.

It can't be anything radical, I think, because it sometimes works.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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