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Solved: Cannot connect to a laptop on my network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by rogerbid, May 5, 2010.

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  1. rogerbid

    rogerbid Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I hope someone can offer a solution to my problem.

    I have a Desktop PC running Windows XP and my wife uses a laptop running Vista.

    I can go to View Workgroup Computers on the desktop and the laptop shows as a network computer but when I click on it I get a log-in box asking for a user name and password. If I click on the V to the right of the Username box, it comes up with a Hotmail address which has nothing to do with the laptop user ID!! Weird.

    I am sure I have accessed the laptop before and when my wife logs on to the laptop she does not have a password to type in.

    Can you suggest how I can get around this as we want to share documents on the laptop?

    Thanks,

    Roger
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Vista does not like to file share unless at least one user account on each machine is password protected.
     
  3. rogerbid

    rogerbid Thread Starter

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    Hi andthanks for replying. I must be mistaken then, I really thought I had been able to access the Laptop from the desktop PC.

    Are you saying that I just need to create a password for my wife's User Account (she is currently logging in as Admin) on the laptop? I will try this later when I get home,

    thanks,

    Roger
     
  4. TerryNet

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    I don't know if that's the only issue, but it was an obvious one from your description.
     
  5. rogerbid

    rogerbid Thread Starter

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    Hi TerryNet

    I am so sorry for not replyig to your message - I aplogise to you and everyone else. Your solution was the complete answer and as soon as I added a password to my wife's User Account, access was no longer a problem.

    Thanks again for your valued help and I am sorry for not responding sooner,

    best wishes,

    Roger
     
  6. TerryNet

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    You're welcome. :) Boy, I'm glad you finally answered--5 days w/o sleep is just too much for these old bones! Just kidding, of course. We certainly appreciate you getting back to us, but you are under no obligation to do so in any given time frame.

    Personally I like the idea of the security layer of having to provide a password to login, but if your wife has a different opinion she can set her computer to login automatically to her account by typing

    control userpasswords2

    into a Run box.

    Run box can be found in Start - Programs - Accessories, or just hold the Windows logo key and type r.

    You can mark this thread Solved using the button at the upper left of the page.
     
  7. rogerbid

    rogerbid Thread Starter

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    Thanks once again for your reply and for the extra information regarding the password.

    I appreciate there is no real obligation to respond within a given time frame, but I felt guilty for not replying sooner, as a matter of courtesy I would have liked to reply quicker, :)

    Thanks again, btw, love your avatar! Looks like a mighty fine loco

    Roger
     
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