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{Resolved] Windows 7 File Sharing Not Working Right

neteng101 1,198 316 November 3, 2010 at 04:24 PM
Having this problem that I can't figure out with Windows 7 file sharing.

2 Windows 7 PCs - both set to same workgroup and Home network. Both are in the same Homegroup. They both appear in "Network" and see each other. Able to connect to each others Public Folders just fine. Able to see users Public Folders just fine. Same username/password account which is an Administrator is being used on both PCs.

The problem comes when enabling "Advanced Sharing" and manually created shares. Simple example, a share called "C" is setup on both PCs. Instead of the default permissions of Everyone having Read-Only, the user is given Full Control permissions for the share.

Browsing via Network...

PC1 cannot connect to PC2 "C" share using \\PC2-name\C
PC2 cannot connect to PC1 "C" share using \\PC1-name\C

If an IP address is used with a Map Network Drive, then it works fine.

PC1 can connect to PC2 "C" share using \\PC2-IP-address\C
PC2 can connect to PC1 "C" share using \\PC1-IP-address\C

A Map Network Drive using computername does not work either. Only IP address works. The error thrown when not able to connect is...

"Windows cannot access \\PC2-name\C... You do not have permission to access..."

Both PCs are able to see a Mac and a Linux-based NAS shared folder that are in the same workgroup and connect to the share without being prompted for credentials (same user/password account was created on them to allow for access).

So why can't Windows to Windows using computername connect to each other? Confused

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This is a tough one. I've been having sharing problem myself with windows 7 and a WD TV Live box so I've been messing with a tons of settings

2 places to look
Under Computer management, shared folders. In there you can set different permission settings for each share folder

Administrative tool -> local security policy -> local policies then user rights assignment and security option. There are a bunch of options in here that you can mess with. They're pretty self explanatory

Good luck
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Well, I forgot, the first place you need to check is the advance sharing option under network and sharing center

Make sure you have:
Turn on network discovery
Turn on file and printer sharing
Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can ...
Turn off password protected sharing
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Turn off password protected sharing
Wouldn't that give anyone on the network full access then? Not quite what I wanted to achieve... I'd like authenticated users only.
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i sure hope the use of "C" in your post doesn't mean you're sharing the entire "C:" drive.. sharing your entire system drive is a VeryBadIdea™
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Quote from 2cheap4retail View Post :
i sure hope the use of "C" in your post doesn't mean you're sharing the entire "C:" drive.. sharing your entire system drive is a VeryBadIdea(TM)
Have a different partition that's basically installer files that I try to share out
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Grr - it was Homegroups, this rather useless Windows 7 feature getting in the way.

Advanced Sharing Settings - HomeGroup Connections - this needs to be set to Use user accounts and password to connect to other computers

Now it works like a charm. Strange how what's supposed to make life easier gets in the way instead. shake head
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Quote from neteng101 View Post :
Grr - it was Homegroups, this rather useless Windows 7 feature getting in the way.

Advanced Sharing Settings - HomeGroup Connections - this needs to be set to Use user accounts and password to connect to other computers

Now it works like a charm. Strange how what's supposed to make life easier gets in the way instead. shake head
this is the default setting.
you changed it somehow.
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Quote from R1Budha View Post :
this is the default setting.
you changed it somehow.
I made the mistake of creating and adding them to a Homegroup I suppose. Confused
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