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Windows 7: PC's see each other, but cannot connect

20 May 2010   #21

Win 7 64 bit

I've got the same problems going on with my home and office network. I have to reformat every month, for the windows 7 lap tops just stop connecting to the xp machines and win servers after that period of time. On the last two reforms, I completely went without Anti-virus software and the problems still happened. Once it happened after an employee switched the date one an xp machine (which is a know issue). Switching it back failed to fix the problem. I've tried all the above and still can't stop this very annoying problem. My win 7 machines can always see and connect.

Any other ideas?

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21 May 2010   #22

win 7 64

I'm building courage to do a fresh install...
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21 May 2010   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I don't know as I don't have two Windows 7 PCs, but when I had two Vista machines running together, I ran into the same problem. I found out that if one of the machines has Guest user account on, then that particular pc could not be connected to from the other. Maybe it's the same for Windows 7...?
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21 May 2010   #24

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

If it were me the fresh install would have occured a week ago, takes 15 minutes on this machine.
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21 May 2010   #25

win 7 64

True, but what about all the other programs that need to be installed afterwards???
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06 Oct 2010   #26

Windows 7 32 bit

hi im back again.

The networking issues are mostly related due to firewall. If you have 2 different firewalls/security software on 2 or more of your computers or if you have same firewall/security software on 2 or more of your computers. it can also cause the conflict between connection on both ends. the first step to cure the conflict/any kind of error regarding permissions/denails is to disable firewall. if not then uninstall the firewall, disable windows default as well, since the default one gets activated automatically, when you uninstall the firewall that you have puchased or comes with your security suite, after that restart your computer and try accessing the networks. (ALSO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE SHARED THE APPROPRIATE FOLDERS ON THE NETWORK & YOUR ALL COMPUTERS ARE ON THE SAME WORKGROUP) If it still fails, let the firewall be disabled. Disable the password for your windows login accounts, make sure you have administrator rights (most of the time password also is an issue for sharing files). if it still fails, follow the third step that i mentioned in this post on page 1. this will definetly rectify the problem. once done, install your firewall/security software & try again. I use to work in a big company as a computer mechanic, so we use to receive alot of these kind of issues 7 hacked/virus/spyware computers. cant say the brand name sorry.

Security software which most of the time conflict with network/sharing, according to my personal experience are as follows.

1. Kaspersky.
2. bitdefender.
3. norton 360 & norton endpoint.
4. eset/nod32.
5. mcafee sometimes.
6. trend micro sometimes.
7. Webroot rarely.

For my computers to be secured wht i do is, i use microsoft security essentials antivirus(the best free avaialable) and windows firewall for my desktop, on laptop i use avg basic edition (avg free edition will also do), which comes without firewall and use windows default firewall. Also i use the following software on my both the computers along with microsoft security essentials) for additional secuirty which doesnt comes with all the free security softwares available at the moment, such as malwarebytes (the best free one antispyware) to protect against spyware/trojan/malware threats, for windows vista and 7 only. if you have windows xp, use trojan remover(have to purchase) along with the free security software that i use, i save huge amount of money. I also scan my entire computer everyweekends and sop those threats fromm growing into my computer. (MANUAL PROTECTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THEN AUTOMATIC AND IS VERY FLEXIBLE IF YOU KNOW IT).
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29 Dec 2010   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yadro View Post
Actually i had same problems and i followed what streetglow saind on point 3 and now everything is ok.

I took some screens,hope it solves your problem as well.

Good luck.

Edit : On Laptop i could see shared folders of my pc which has Avira Premium Security Suite.
From Pc i couldn't see the laptop shared files which has Kaspersky.
I went to kaspersky firewall settings,and changed my internet connection from public one to trusted one and now i can access from both sides.
OMFG, Thank you!! FINALLY! Man I feel like a ra-tard. I have spent countless hours trying to find the solution to this issue, and this is it. I can't believe I hadn't stumbled upon that by now. Thanks!!!!
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14 Sep 2018   #28

windows 7 professional 64bit

Have you tried looking at the network adapter settings
ControlPanel -> Network and Sharing -> then click on your adapter->properties button.

make sure Client for Microsoft Networks is installed and Ticked
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