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Windows 7: Networking Win 7 and XP, got something wrong :-(

17 Dec 2012   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Not good news so far.

These are the results so far;
Control Panel/Network & Sharing Centre.
Media Streaming Options - Choose media streaming options for Computer & Devices - Choose Homegroup and sharing options - ending with the screen 'This computer can't connect to Homegroup' Then ' With Windows 7 you can share files.......etc with Windows 7'.
Then The Homegroup is protected with a password'

Under Network & Sharing Centre my selections under Change Advanced Sharing Settings are as follows;
Network Discovery ON
File & Printer Sharing ON
Sharing ON
Media Streaming ON (Message reads - All devices are allowed to access your shared Media)
File Sharing Connections;
USE 128bit..... ON
Password Protection Sharing OFF
Homegroup Connections;
Allow Windows to manage.... ON

In your instruction No3
3. Third, choose which folders to share on the network and adjust properties to do so.
Drag any folders to be shared to the Public folder.
To share a specific Windows 7 folder or additional drives on the system, right-click it > Properties > Sharing Tab > Advanced Sharing > tick box for Share this folder > Apply > OK > Close. You only need to share the highest level folder, not every sub-folder. Two little people should appear on the icons of the folders that are shared.
This is going to get complicated but I will do my best to explain.
Which ever I try the same ending message appears. 'Your folder cannot be shared'

4. Now, you MUST follow this step or the folders will not be shared despite previous steps followed.

Because Password Protected Sharing is turned off, the security permissions have to be changed on the folder(s) to allow Everyone access. Right-click the shared folder > Properties > Security Tab > Edit > Add and type “Everyone” (not the quotes) into the box and select OK. Tick the boxes next to the permissions you want to allow (e.g. Read or Write, etc.) then Apply > OK. Some messages may appear: “An error occurred while applying…” This is not unusual and can be ignored by clicking Continue.
I have an entry Everyone already but even with Edit all seems to be greyed out, there seems to be no way I can actually change or edit the folder permissions.

I have put a snippet which I hope I can copy here, it may give you a clue as to where things are going wrong.

I don't know if this has anything to do with it but in System Properties - Allowed remote Assistance is ticked but Remote Desktop shows as 'Don't allow connections to this computer'

Grateful thanks for your patience.


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18 Dec 2012   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

:) Update.

I have got to see my Win 7 Public folders on my Win XP PC. Not exactly sure what I did after playing around for some time but that is a great improvement!!

One thing did seem to help, when I was trying to make a sub folder shared I had not realized that sub folders could not be shared on their own, the first main folder had to be shared which then allowed access to the sub folders. Can you please confirm if this is correct and if so can certain sub folders within that main folder be denied sharing access?

On the XP PC 'My Network Places' the files on my Win 7 PC are shown as Internet and not LAN, as there is no password protection at present (Turned off as per Chey65 helpful post) I am concerned that my PC's may not be as secure as they should be. How do I make access to my PC's safe?

I am not going to put anything important into any public folder yet.

I turned on Password Protection in Advanced Settings on a 'my shared folder' in my Public Folders in Win7 and tried to access it from the XP PC. The message appeared that;
' shared folder file was not available....'and that; 'You might not have permission.......' then; 'Log on Failure: Unknown username or password. OK'.

I was not asked for a username and password so how do I use passwords when password in ON in Win 7 and I am not able to enter them when trying to accessing the file from Win XP? Hope that makes sense!!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

After a lot of struggling I have now sorted it, access on two XP PC's, one Win 7 PC and password protected.

Thanks for all your help......
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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