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Windows 7: Windows Vista Shared Files and Printers Won't Appear on Windows 7

18 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS
Windows Vista Shared Files and Printers Won't Appear on Windows 7

I have a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
My desktop has Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I have been trying to allow folder sharing between the two, but it won't work.

On my desktop, I can access all my files from my laptop. However, when I try to access the shared files from Vista on my laptop, it takes forever and then I get a message that says "Windows cannot access \\BILL-PC." But I can access all of the media files.

They are both on the same network entitled WORKGROUP.

So far, I have done the following on both PCS
- Enabled sharing of the printer itself.
- Gave permissions to 'everyone' and full access under c:\windows\system32\spool\printers.
- Added guest users that share all files and folders.

They are obviously on the same network since I can see them both listed. However, I have no idea why it keeps telling me it cannot access my desktop.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Mar 2011   #2

Win7 & Win8 64bit

Welcome to SF,

Create Identical UserNames and Passwords on both computers.

Disable your Security Software for now if you have one installed on both computers.
If you're using the Windows built-in Firewall, make sure that Files and Printer sharing is Excluded.

Disable Password Protected Sharing.
Disable Password Protected Sharing — MAXIMUMpcguides – Windows 7 tips, tricks, help, and how-to guides

Verify that you are sharing the folder to Everyone, give full access for now. Were you trying to share the entire C Drive or subfolders in the C Drive? Please share the entire C drive for now, call it C.
Click on Start, type the \\ComputerName\C or \\IPAddress\C - The Computer Name or IP Address of the computer that you're trying to access in your home network.

Please post an update.
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