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Windows 7: Cannot connect to Wife's Computer

17 Jan 2010   #1
loquacious

Windows 7 7600 SP1 64 Bit dual boot Windows 8 CP
 
 
Cannot connect to Wife's Computer

No matter what I try I cannot connect to my wife's computer. She is running XP service pack 3 (does not want to change) I am running Windows 7 x64. She can see my public folders but even though I have shared folders on her machine I cannot see it in my network. we both share the same work group name and permissions have been given but to no avail. any suggestions would be most welcome as I prefer to drop files onto the network for her rather than using a flash drive .. lazy I know but hey it should work !!!


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17 Jan 2010   #2
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loquacious View Post
No matter what I try I cannot connect to my wife's computer. She is running XP service pack 3 (does not want to change) I am running Windows 7 x64. She can see my public folders but even though I have shared folders on her machine I cannot see it in my network. we both share the same work group name and permissions have been given but to no avail. any suggestions would be most welcome as I prefer to drop files onto the network for her rather than using a flash drive .. lazy I know but hey it should work !!!

Its not being lazy dude, its being effient (sp) haha anyway you got what i am trying to say.


umm well first thing is first..

You said its on the same workgroup.... and yo just want to use the public foldrers...

this is very important, what version of windows xp is your wife using, home or professional.

also may i have the make and model of your router pls
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17 Jan 2010   #3
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi loquacious,
i have put together quick check list to help home users in folder sharing from windows 7 to XP. It should be good for the last 3 versions of windows at least and I hope that it helps you too.

A few small points that some users misunderstand:
- You can share Win7 and XP without them being in the same workgroup.
- You don't need to have the same user name or password.

As this is a check list it is not detailed, if I can help you find any particular area that I have referenced, please post back and I am happy to help.

SERVICES (type services.msc in RUN)
Check that the following are running and automatic
- Computer Browser
- Server (if it exists)
- Workstation
- Event Viewer (to fin problems)

GUEST ACCOUNT
The win7 and XP machines don't actually need to be in the same workgroup providing that the guest account is active. To check this
-START
-RUN
-CMD [ENTER] (admin mode for Vista/Win7)
-type 'net user guest' (it should tell you if the account is active)
-If not active, make it active by typing 'net user guest /active:yes'

SECURITY POLICY
Check permissions by opening the secpol.msc from RUN
-START
-RUN
-Secpol.msc [ENTER]
-Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment
NOTE: [Double click on the line to adjust the settings]
-In 'Access this computer from the network' ensure that 'Everyone' user is added (this is the win7 default anyway; but worth a look)
-On the computer that you need to connect to, check the 'Deny access to this computer from the network' setting. Ensure that this doesn't have guest in it (by default windows 7 does). If you only share from Win7->XP you can leave guest denied on the win7 box.

CONNECTION PROPERTIES
Check that 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks' is installed and enabled
- Open Network connections and right click on the Network Connection
- Check the Networking tab and install or enable

NETBIOS IP4
(if WINS is needed only - not for vista->vista and above)
Check that NETBIOS is set to default on IP4 connections
- Open network connections and right click on the connection
- Select Internet Protocol version 4
- CLick properties
- On the general tab, click advanced
- On the wins tab, check that NETBIOS is on default

FIREWALL EXCEPTIONS
Ensure that there is an exception for file and printer sharing on your firewalls. Check the following:
- Hardware Firewalls such as Modem's and routers
- SOftware firewalls such as trend micro, Mcaffee, Windows Firewall, Nortons, or which ever you use.
- Also check on your hardware that the devices can see each other, sometimes there is a function to turn off communication between deveices, this is normally used on unsecure wireless networks so that devices cannot communicate with each other. This should normally not be ticked for your home network.

SHARED FOLDERS
Check that you have a folder security and share permissions to enable that folder to be found.
- Right click on the folder and look for the "share with" option on Win 7.
- Right click on the folder and select properties, check sharing and security tabs (note: you may need to turn off simple filesharing to see the security tab - this is done in your folder options)

NETWORK CONNECTION SHARING
In Win7 and Vista only
- Open the network and sharing center
- Click on "Change Advanced Settings"
- Ensure that the PC is enabled for file and printer sharing as required.
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17 Jan 2010   #4
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

I don't know about Homegroup and that but you don't need it to be sharing files or connecting from A to B.

The principle (and i say this many many times) is to have all the machines on the network, if then can ping one another, you are 99% there. see if any of my tuts in my sig can help (could be a combo of two). Wireless or using cables, doesn't matter the result is you need to hook them all up.

Btw, I only go what the topic heading and a few line of you post...so if you feel i'm speaking nonsense, then can ignore this post.
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17 Jan 2010   #5
loquacious

Windows 7 7600 SP1 64 Bit dual boot Windows 8 CP
 
 

Thanks everyone I'll try a few more things out when I get home from work.
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17 Jan 2010   #6
nvidiagreen

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loquacious View Post
No matter what I try I cannot connect to my wife's computer. She is running XP service pack 3 (does not want to change) I am running Windows 7 x64. She can see my public folders but even though I have shared folders on her machine I cannot see it in my network. we both share the same work group name and permissions have been given but to no avail. any suggestions would be most welcome as I prefer to drop files onto the network for her rather than using a flash drive .. lazy I know but hey it should work !!!


If i remember well Windows 7 has it's own management for the work group.
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