Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: How can I get full privileges to a computer on my home network

22 May 2010   #1
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
How can I get full privileges to a computer on my home network

Greetings, I'm not very experienced in matters of networking. I set up a wireless home network between two pcs both running windows 7. The second pc is used by the family. It has four accounts on it, one for each user. I would like to sync files from my work pc to my account on the family computer so that in the event my work pc fails I can use the family machine as a backup. This is important as I run my business from home on my work pc. I can access all files on both machines. I can see my pc from the family system. I can copy files to the c: drive of the family machine as long as I don't try to copy to a folder in a user account. But when I try to write files to my account on the machine I am denied access and informed that I don't have access rights.

I went to the c: drive and shared it out to everyone on the network (me). As far as I can see I have the required privileges but there must be something more required to write to a password protected account. If it's the passwork I don't know where to enter it from my work pc.

I've been futzing with this now for hours and got nowhere but here. If anyone can help me out I'd be all sorts of pleased and grateful.

GL


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
22 May 2010   #2
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

It's a big security risk to share an entire drive which is one of the reasons it's not easy to accomplish. You would be better off just sharing the User folder instead.

But if you insist on sharing the entire drive there is a way to do that also but you need to use the Security tab for that one.

Open My Computer -> right click Local Disk D,C which ever -> select Properties -> select Security tab -> click Edit button -> click Add button -> enter the name of the User you want to set Security permissions (it is the same user name you've set the sharing permissions for, ex.
Choosing Everyone will set the read-write permissions to every user which will attempt to connect to your shared drive) -> click OK -> select the desired permissions -> click OK -> wait while permissions are set -> and your Done.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 May 2010   #3
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi. Thanks for the swift response. You know, I thought it would be easiest to just give myself access to the whole shebang. I hadn't thought of setting privileges for my user folder on that machine. I'll go and give that a shot and let you know how it went. Thanks again. GL
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

22 May 2010   #4
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi Chev65, It worked just fine! Apparently I hadn't made the c: drive fully available. I don't know what I did wrong, but there you go. I granted permissions to "everyone" and to "homegroup". Does this now mean that my kids will also have access to my stuff over the network? Any suggestions as to how to best manage the security aspect? GL
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 May 2010   #5
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Now that is more difficult because you need to have more than one User account on the same machine and also other machines in order to share with individual users. Other wise you can only share with "Everyone". So you need the extra User accounts in order for the individual names to show up.

And man I wish there was a better way to do this part, although it sounds like you already have more than one account on at least one machine so it should be easier.

The procedure below looks harder than it is actually is but it's confusing at first until you do it for the first time. It's been tested and it does work.

When the users connect, you need to have password sharing enabled under Advanced Network settings window. (i.e. they must put in a password to enter the shared computer (they can always save this setting so they need not enter it next time). You now need 2 local users on the Windows 7 computer, e.g. call them User 1 and User 2 with their own respective passwords. Don't make them ADMIN users.

Note that you also need to remap the drives and use these logins and passwords for the drive mapping.

Now User 1 has access to everything, so on the outside folder give them complete access (or read only as you desire, including access to the special folder inside). Repeat this action for user2.

Now go to the special folder that you only want User 1 to have access to. Right click on it and select properties/security. On the permissions tab, have a look and write down the current permission settings (this is an important reducndancy step should something you do fail later). Now look for a tickbox to inherit parent permissions and untick this. Now give permissions only to those users that you want to access this folder. Be aware that you probably need SYSTEM and CREATOR OWNER on the list.

Like all good plans, switch User to User 1 on the Windows 7 box and test that they can locally access what they are supposed to. Repeat with User 2. Now remap the drives with the new passwords and give the passwords out to the users.

This should enable you to share with only certain Users and not others.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 May 2010   #6
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Whoa! Have mercy! I'll have a look at it again in the morning, but I think I'm going to have to hire you as a consultant for bit bucks to implement this one. Seriously though, thanks for the data. I may just leave well enough alone though. I don't think my know how is up to the task and I don't think you have enough patience to get me there
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 May 2010   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

LOL, I agree it's a PITA to read through but a fairly easy process once you get through it the first time.

I really wish that the User names would show up for each computer in the network but for some unknown reason Msoft did not do it that way. The individual User names only show up if you have more than one User account on each machine in the network.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 May 2010   #8
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi Chev65, I agree totally! I went up to the "family pc" and logged in as my daughter. Sure enough, she has full access to all my files. I think I'll spend a bit of time tomorrow working on your diabolical plan. I'm in Switzerland and it's way late at this point so my mind is a bit too foggy to tackle it now.

If you could let me know what you mean by "remap the drives"? I confess I don't know what that might entail.

It would be great if I could get back to you if I get stuck. You've been a terrific help. Thanks! GL
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2010   #9
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Mapping the drives is just a matter of checking to see that the drive you want to share with others is mapped properly. This step is mostly needed if you are using a bunch of different drives for sharing.

The process is outlined in the tutorial below from Brink.

If you are just using single drives for sharing it will show up in Windows explorer when you click on the little folder icon lower left on the taskbar.

Map Network Drive
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2010   #10
Green Lantern

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hello Chev

Thanks for the tutorial. I had a head start on you today. I had an idea that that's what you meant but I wasn't sure.

If I understand you correctly I need to have at least two users on each pc to do this.

If this is truly the only way to accomplish this then Microsoft has really laid a bit egg.

GL
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How can I get full privileges to a computer on my home network




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
cannot restore disk is full. no admin privileges
iv looked on these forums for hours now and cant quite find the right answers to my problems. my eventual goal is to factory reset the computer but i have many issues preventing me from doing that. 1 i do not have access to my c drive with win 7 home prem loaded on it. so i try and change my...
Backup and Restore
Work Desktop computer on network to single home computer?
Hi, First post but I hope to be able to use this Forum to help get familiar with Windows 7. Im used to Windows XP but my Old HP Compaq Desktop Computer finally died. My Buddy gave me one of his Work Office computers that was on a Network system with 4 other computers. Im going to be using it for...
General Discussion
Can no longer connect to home computer over home network
I have a home desktop computer, and a work laptop. Over the years I've changed laptops and home computers, and have always been able to get network sharing working so I can transfer files between them by using \\<hostname> I've had my current setup for about 6 months now, and have been able to...
Network & Sharing
Windows 7 Home Premium Additional Administrator Privileges
My situation is as follows: I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium x64. I'm trying to run Intel's Chipset Utility, however it says that I need to run it "...under an account with administrator privileges". I'm already the admin, I've right clicked and selected "Run as Administrator" - also...
Drivers
Full access on home network?
I have two win 7 computers on a home network and I would like both machines to have full access to the hard drives on either machine, not just share folders. How is this done?
Network & Sharing
Can't see computer on Home Network
Here is my setup: Modem -> Router -> 3 computers Computer 1: Connected via Wire, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Computer 2: Connected via Wire, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Computer 3: Connected Wirelessly, Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit This is where it gets horrendously annoying:
Network & Sharing


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:58.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App