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Windows 7: I can only access shared folders on Windows 7 PC for the first hour

29 Oct 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
I can only access shared folders on Windows 7 PC for the first hour

Hi guys,

I recently upgraded our server pc to a Windows 7 pc in order to run the newer versions of Sage from it.

The setup I have is all the data is held on the server pc and the folders are shared. All the other client PCs run Windows 10 and can access and use the data from the server no problem. I also have an old Windows XP computer which has recently been set up down in the workshop in order for them to have email and access to certain files downstairs, however, this is the one where my problems start. I also have a Konica Minolta BizHub C353 connected to the network. This acts as a printer and a scanner. The scanner function scans directly into a users shared folder, via a share, on the server PC which is then accessible on each other the Windows 10 PCs, however, there is also a problem with this too.

Both the Windows XP PC and the Konica C353 suffer from the same problem. They are both fine after restarts; I am able to access the files on the server PC from the XP machine and also I'm able to scan into the shared folder from the scanner, but only for approximately the first hour or so after a restart.

To clarify:

- After I restart the XP machine I am able to access the shared folders on the server PC for approx the first hour after restart. If I try after that I get an error.

- After I restart the server PC I am able to scan to the shared folders, but I get an error message after approx an hour.

I am assuming both problems are linked to a setting on the server PC.

A few things to let you know:

- The XP machine has just been wiped to factory settings and I have just started setting it back up
- The server PC is pretty much as at factory settings though with a few programs on it.
- I have tested the situation by turning the PCs on and leaving them, but only trying to open the shared folders, no other programs were launched. It seems to me something in the background is affecting the shares.

I would really appreciate some help in getting the connection to the shared folders to be more permanent. I'm not an expert in IT, however, I do no more than a novice! But this is causing me to pull my hair out!

Thanks for all your help in advance!

If you need any more information just ask.


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30 Oct 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Just guessing here, did you check Power Options on your server PC? How about Scheduled Tasks?
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02 Nov 2015   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32bit

Thanks for your reply GokAy, I have checked and there is nothing there that seems to be affecting things.
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02 Nov 2015   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32bit

I have found a possible solution but I thought I'd put it here before going ahead with it as it does involve editing the registry:

Make the following registry changes:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]


What do you guys think?

Also in order to make the changes do I just right click on the name, choose modify and then change the value in the "Value data" field? I have put an example of what I mean in an attached image to this post, changing the Value data field from "0" to "00000001" (the dot after the number "1" is just the cursor)

I am currently making a full system backup and I have created a restore point just in case something bad happens as I do not like messing with the registry!

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02 Nov 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Let us know how it goes.
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