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Windows 7: XP Mode, sharing files on guest machine

20 Dec 2010   #81

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

For some reason beyond me, I can now see my Win 7 and XP Mode computers. When I wrote that other post I could not see anything and it gave me the message "Workgroup is not accessable...... "

I did not change anything in between time. Perhaps XP was having a sulk and finally decided to work again.

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20 Dec 2010   #82

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Kari, Please tell me where I should be looking exactly, on the Win 7 machine, for the other machines in the network ? I mean where I would find XP Mode.

Is it just at Start/ Computer ? Because if this is where I should "see" XP Mode, then I cannot at present.
All I can see is:
Hard DisLocal Disk (C),
DVD RW Drive (D),
Other (1) Safe Run Shared File (system folder from Kaspersky)
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20 Dec 2010   #83


Right pane of the Start Menu has the Network link, if you have enabled it from Start Menu > Properties:

XP Mode, sharing files on guest machine-xp_sharing_7.png

If you have not enabled it, do it by right clicking an empty spot in Taskbar and selecting Properties, then Customize button from Start Menu tab, and checking Network. Click OK twice to confirm:

XP Mode, sharing files on guest machine-xp_sharing_6.png

Check also that you have Seven sharing options as here:

XP Mode, sharing files on guest machine-xp_sharing_5.png


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20 Dec 2010   #84

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Kari, You are Fantastic.

That last instruction on your last post was the thing that was stopping the Win 7 seeing the XP Mode machine.

I had most of them correct but I changed Public Sharing Folder - turning it ON

And Password Protected Sharing was turned on - so I turned it OFF.

IT WORKS !!! Dance around the desk. *@^#!* Thankyou so much for your patience and help with this. I was totally lost and I am still in a bit of a daze. Very tired from all the late nights. I only hope I do not stuff it up down the track.

Still a little confused though because at the same time:
The XP Mode machine sees 4 computers (my 2 and 2 others from family)
BUT the Win 7 only sees 3 computers (my 2 and 1 of the others)
Any ideas why ?

I am also wondering if the "password option" is the way to keep my own computers in their own little private group within the network, not accessible by the others, even if they are infected with a virus. Would this option give me that protection ?

Many thanks again Kari.
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20 Dec 2010   #85


Might be so simple you just have to reboot to let all computers see each other.

About password protected sharing, I would turn it off and just put computers you don't want to join your workgroup to other workgroup. I mean, we are talking about a family here, or? If a hacker gets through your firewall, it's no difference if you have password protected sharing on or off. I would put other computers in Workgroup2 and allow for your computers in Workgroup1 access without passwords.

I hope you don't mind me saying but this was one session I'm going to remember

Happy networking,

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20 Dec 2010   #86

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Murray5 View Post
G'Day WS,

Thankyou for your post. Probably I am not wording it right and will try to explain.

I have a Billion BiPAC 7401VGP router, which everyone in my family has access to. There is no server as such, although sometime I wish there were so I could have greater influence on what happens on our home network.

Up until now we all have access to the internet through this same router, but we cannot see each other. We had never set up a network as such, because I do not want some of the computers to have access to my own or my work computer. And we had no real need to transfer a lot between our separate computers. I am particularly concerned about viruses that may be bought back and infect our network. I understood that without a network set up that each computer was a stand-alone, with no direct link to any other computer.

Now with XP Mode installed I think there is a need to have a network for my own computers i.e. Personal Win 7, XP Mode, work Mac, and mobile HTC desire phone. So I can have good access between them, while still not letting the other family computers have direct access to mu computers. That is, if possible I would like to leave them accessing the internet as stand-alone computers, without being able to infect or access my own computers.

I do not know if this is possible. Perhaps a network without giving those other computers the password the join my own network. HomeGroup is only for Win 7 computers and is still only a subset of the local network, where all computers can be seen together. I do not know if I am explaining myself clearly or sufficiently.

At the moment I am still trying to get my Win 7 computer to see my XP Mode.
From XP Mode I can see all the computers in the network that are running from /My Network Places /View workgroup computers. I may be looking in the wrong place in Win 7. Is there and equivalent place to view workgroup computers ?

Does this put it into perspective for you WS ?
Thanks for the explanation.

This is simple; we all have had to do this at one time or another.

The simplest way to do this is to ONLY share a folder or drive that you want the other machines to have access too. Don't share out the whole machine or from the root of C:.

Say you create a folder called SharedData on the Root of your C: drive. You then share that folder. Now data that needs to be shared by your machines is stored in that folder. You can create the same folder on all your other machines too. Now you have access to it without having access to the entire machine. Next, if the share is username and password protected you have even more control over who gets access. No username or password no access.

With the above setup even if you have a highly critical sensitive file that needs to go from one computer to the other you can copy the file into the shared folder and then cut it out of the shared folder to the other computer so the file is only on the share for the copy and the cut. I would only do that if there was no other way to get the data to the other computer say a 100GB file or something. Otherwise if it is really that critical I would just copy it to a flash memory (thumb) drive and use sneaker net to take it to the other computer.

I hope that helps -WS
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20 Dec 2010   #87

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Thanks WindowsStar,

It's very late here nearly 2am and I will have to digest what you have outlined here.
Networks are new to me, as I've always had individually connected computers.
I will have to get my head around it and sleep on it. I think a network for me is the best way to go now.

By the way is "a flash memory (thumb) drive using sneaker net to take it to the other computer" anything like taking your thumb drive and sneaking down the hallway in your runners to the computer next door ?

Cheers, Murray
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20 Dec 2010   #88

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Murray5 View Post
Thanks WindowsStar,

By the way is "a flash memory (thumb) drive using sneaker net to take it to the other computer" anything like taking your thumb drive and sneaking down the hallway in your runners to the computer next door ?
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07 Nov 2012   #89

window 7 32bits


I have three virtual OS (windows 2003)installed on my server (window 2008), I can ping it from within the network but I cannot reach it from outside the network. However, I can reach the host and any other physical pc from outside the network.

I also installed VMware 5.0 on my laptop running window 7. Windows XP is on the VW. it can ping the host but the host cannot ping it. I have set it to bridge but it is still not the host cannot still ping the OS on the VM.

Can anybody help!
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08 Nov 2012   #90

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)


Welcome to Seven Forums.

This thread is very old and I am not sure anyone is watching it. I forgot I had it tagged myself. You would be better off starting a new thread in Virtualization that way you will get everyone looking at it.

Again Welcome to Seven Forums! -WS
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