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Windows 7: Windows 7 Sharing

16 Sep 2009   #1
Sergio420

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 Sharing

Hi, I have to pcs running Windows 7 Home Premium. I am trying to network without Homegroup. I am using workgroup, both computers are members of the same workgroup name. From PC2 I can access PC1, without password. I try to access pc2 from pc1 and I am stopped with a box Enter Network Password. I have it set up to do shares without password. I have been racking my brain for two days. I want to share like I did in XP. I am using Outpost Firewall Pro, Windows Firewall disabled. Nod 32. I don't know what to do short of doing a clean reinstall to see if this fixes the problem.
I have done many google searches and everything relates to XP or Vista, some of which I've tried to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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16 Sep 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

you'll be better off enabling password protected sharing and use the same username and password on each computer (an actual password...a blank password doesn't count). It's easier and more secure that way.

if you want to leave password protected sharing disabled, you must go into the security options of the folders you wish to share and add the "Everyone" group. It means everyone can access your shared folders, so it's not secure. Especially if you roam with your computer and you haven't selected the proper network profile.
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16 Sep 2009   #3
Sergio420

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
you'll be better off enabling password protected sharing and use the same username and password on each computer (an actual password...a blank password doesn't count). It's easier and more secure that way.

if you want to leave password protected sharing disabled, you must go into the security options of the folders you wish to share and add the "Everyone" group. It means everyone can access your shared folders, so it's not secure. Especially if you roam with your computer and you haven't selected the proper network profile.
These are desktops, I doubt very much I'll be doing much roaming. I'm the only one that has access. Someone else would have to get into one PC before they could get into the other. The firewall and router is enough. I have tried your suggestion and that didn't work either. I have also disable TCP/IPv6 on both pcs. Looks like it may be a reinstall time. I was hoping I wouldn't have to resort to that. Windows 7 is driving me bonkers.
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16 Sep 2009   #4
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'd uninstall your third party firewall, and disable the Windows firewall, and see if things start working.
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16 Sep 2009   #5
Sergio420

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
I'd uninstall your third party firewall, and disable the Windows firewall, and see if things start working.
I have done that numerous times as well. I originally tried the homegroup thing. I set it up on one computer, and the other said there was no homegroup presently available. Windows 7 sold this feature and made it seem so easy. I had it working while one was running xp. Now, it's a no go. I keep thinking that when I left the homegroup or tried to login before I used guest as username, and somehow it didn't remove that, therefore I keep getting this prompt. Which, I'd like gone. Thanks for all the help and support, I appreciate it. I keep trying to figure it out instead of resorting back to what I know xp. Change is hard.
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16 Sep 2009   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sergio420 View Post
Hi, I have to pcs running Windows 7 Home Premium. I am trying to network without Homegroup. I am using workgroup, both computers are members of the same workgroup name. From PC2 I can access PC1, without password. I try to access pc2 from pc1 and I am stopped with a box Enter Network Password. I have it set up to do shares without password. I have been racking my brain for two days. I want to share like I did in XP. I am using Outpost Firewall Pro, Windows Firewall disabled. Nod 32. I don't know what to do short of doing a clean reinstall to see if this fixes the problem.
I have done many google searches and everything relates to XP or Vista, some of which I've tried to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You just want to share files right? If you dont want to use homegroup you can use the xp style work group

Let us know if you need help

Ken
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16 Sep 2009   #7
Sergio420

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sergio420 View Post
Hi, I have to pcs running Windows 7 Home Premium. I am trying to network without Homegroup. I am using workgroup, both computers are members of the same workgroup name. From PC2 I can access PC1, without password. I try to access pc2 from pc1 and I am stopped with a box Enter Network Password. I have it set up to do shares without password. I have been racking my brain for two days. I want to share like I did in XP. I am using Outpost Firewall Pro, Windows Firewall disabled. Nod 32. I don't know what to do short of doing a clean reinstall to see if this fixes the problem.
I have done many google searches and everything relates to XP or Vista, some of which I've tried to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
You just want to share files right? If you dont want to use hoegroup you can use the xp style work group

Let us know if you need help

Ken
I would love some help. Yes, I want to share some files. XP seemed so easy. I have been messing with this for 3 days now and getting very frustrated. I have both computers set to the same workgroup name (which has been changed, from default). I can access one, but the other keeps asking for a username/password. I have turned off TCP/IPv6, turned off password sharing and it still asks. I am at a loss. Any help is greatly appreciated. I am just so used to being admin on xp and not having to jump through hoops to take control over my own files. I still am not sure how to do that. I can definately access the other pc, I haven't tried to shre anything yet, cos I'm sure I have to take ownership of it, even though it's not on my OS drive. Is this correct?
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17 Sep 2009   #8
ultraplanet

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
you'll be better off enabling password protected sharing and use the same username and password on each computer (an actual password...a blank password doesn't count). It's easier and more secure that way.
I would suggest taking this route too. Make sure all users accounts/passwords are on all machines and are the same - even if you don't use that account on that machine still put it on there - then enable password protected sharing. Using this method you will only be asked for your password when you first logon and never again. When you connect to a share it will just connect and not ask for a password.
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17 Sep 2009   #9
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sergio420 View Post
I have tried your suggestion and that didn't work either.
Well. I guess I'm lucky then because it always works for me.

Another option you have is to enable the guest account and go into the Local Security Policy and enable "guest only" access instead of "classic logon".
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17 Sep 2009   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Things to check for classic Networking Access on Windows 7
  1. All systems on same Subnet
  2. All members of same workgroup
  3. Identical users on all machines
  4. Passwords on all users on all machines
  5. Network discovery on on all machines
  6. File and Printer sharing on on all machines
  7. Password protected sharing on all machines
  8. Items shared using Advanced sharing
  9. all users included in sharing permissions
  10. All users included in file access permissions*
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