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Windows 7: File Sharing problem: Win 7 SP1 - Laptop to Desktop over Wi-Fi

14 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Edition x64
File Sharing problem: Win 7 SP1 - Laptop to Desktop over Wi-Fi

Quick Summary:
Desktop Computer Running Windows 7 Home Edition Service Pack 1
Laptop Computer Running Windows 7 Home Edition Service Pack 1
Both using Wi-Fi
Both connected to Same Wi-Fi Network
Laptop Computer sees the Desktop computer in the network window, but refuses to connect. (can't remember exact error) But it doesn't give an access denied like message or anything along those lines, it just said it failed to connect.
Desktop Computer sees the Laptop Computer in the network window, trying to connect prompts the Username/Password window (unlike the Laptop above) which once filled in allows the Desktop full access to the Laptops user folder and files.
Checked advance Sharing preferences, everything the same between the two computers
I'm stumped

My rambling attempt to fill in details below:


I'm trying to help someone setup a printer at their workplace.
But I ran into an odd problem.

I've installed and connected the HP Printer/Scanner/Fax (via USB) on a Desktop computer running Windows 7 Home Edition with Service pack 1, and then setup the sharing preferences for the printer.

But the Laptop won't see the printer when installing the Printer Driver (the utility wanted to see it right then), I checked to see if the Laptop could connect to the Desktop through file sharing/Network but while it can see the computer, it refuses to connect.
The Desktop computer however sees the Laptop AND can connect via Username and password, allowing it full access to the Laptop.

I checked the Advanced Sharing preferences, and both computers are setup identically.
What am I missing? Same operating system, same preferences, and same Wi-Fi network.

Because their workplace is out of the way (hard for me to get out there again), I'm now left with finding out what's wrong with your help and sending them instructions via email.
I couldn't find anything via Google that could help, I had trouble weeding out problems that were aimed at Win7 to Vista/XP etc...
Problems related from Win7 to Win7 specifically didn't show up or were buried.

I work part time at a Library and take care of their computers. I don't have training, but their needs are generally light so it works out.
They have 14 Desktop computers running XP, Vista, and Win7, but they can all connect to each other. I never had problems getting them to connect.

However I have seen this problem before, several months ago I was asked to help with something minor on 2 other computers in the building (not the library) and I noticed (although it wasn't important at the time, and therefore didn't have to deal with it) that the Laptop computer would not connect via file sharing to the Desktop, but the Desktop would connect to the Laptop without problem. I can't remember what Operating system they were running now, but once again I think they were the same.

I'm wondering if their is something about Laptops and File sharing that could cause this problem. (Although if it was security related, you would think it would be the other way around)

Any advice, guide or help you can give me?
Anything would be appreciated.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2011   #2

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1

Here's how my 2 Win7 H Prem pc's are set, sorry it does not include printer as I don't have one. File Sharing Set Up.pdf

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Edition x64

Thank you for the reply, and the PDF.
I'm looking through it now!

I have to send them an email with a list of things to check, and I will be sure to include this!

Thank you for your help.

I'll be sure to let you know how things work out.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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