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Discussion in 'Networking' started by BarnStorm, May 7, 2018.

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  1. BarnStorm

    BarnStorm Thread Starter

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    I have two HP laptops... a brand new Envy and an old Pavilion.
    Both run Windows 10 and are identical (as best I can tell) in other
    types of Windows features, settings, etc.

    The new one can see the old one and I can access across my private network.

    However, the old one cannot see the new one. The name of the laptop is
    visible, but it cannot further connect.

    I've checked everything I know how to, but must be missing some subtlety.

    Any guidance appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Have you shared things on both machines?

    Do you have a common account name and passwords on both machines?
     
  3. BarnStorm

    BarnStorm Thread Starter

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    Thanks.

    Yes... I have "shared" on both machines.

    The two laptops have separate names and passwords.

    From the new one, when I click on the old one under "network" in Explorer,
    I am prompted for name and password and then off I go with no issue.

    From the old one, the name of the new one shows under "network," but when
    I click, that's the end. I never get prompted for name/pwd.
     
  4. DaveA

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    I have found that having a common account and password on all network machines the file sharing works better.
    I use a Admin account as my back door, this ads the use of file sharing also. The backdoor does NOT need to be logged in just fully setup on all machines. This way you should not be asked for a password.
    At this time when you are being asked for a name and password, it is not the one on your machine but the one on the other machine that needs to be entered. Thus the use of a COMMON account and password being the same on all machines help.
     
  5. BarnStorm

    BarnStorm Thread Starter

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    Thanks again, DaveA.
    But I've operated the way I described forever... without issue.
    Why would that stop working?

    This may be totally unrelated, but I recently solved an issue
    where my new laptop would not allow Sonos to the music library.
    After some research, I found that SMB for client was unchecked.
    When I changed that W10 feature, it worked fine.
    And I even ensured both laptops had the same check marks for SMB.

    Anyway... I get the logic of your suggestion, but it still bugs me that
    this problem started.
     
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