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Solved: Can't share files between Win7 and WinXP

Discussion in 'Networking' started by syc0path, May 18, 2012.

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  1. syc0path

    syc0path Thread Starter

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    On the main computer, in

    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings - Home or Work

    the following settings are selected:

    Turn on network discovery
    Turn on file and printer sharing
    Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders
    Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections
    Turn off password protected sharing
    Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections
     
  2. syc0path

    syc0path Thread Starter

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    On the main computer, in

    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings - Public

    the following settings are selected:

    Turn on network discovery
    Turn on file and printer sharing
    Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders
    Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections
    Turn off password protected sharing
     
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    syc0path Thread Starter

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    I checked the folder I tried to access from the TV computer - Properties - Sharing tab - and the folder is shared. However, if I right-click on the folder and choose Share With, a pop-up menu appears w/ a padlock symbol next to "Nobody". I try to select "Homegroup (Read/Write)", but the padlock symbol is still next to "Nobody". Does that mean that the folder is locked somehow so that Nobody can access it?

    Also, is it possible that the TV computer (which is old) doesn't support 128-bit encryption?
     
  4. TerryNet

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    I have no idea what that is supposed to mean--I see it on my shared folders and on my non-shared folders. When you click on "Specific people..." with whom is it shared?
     
  5. syc0path

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    When I click on Specific People, it shows that the Homegroup has read/write permission, and the user account on the main computer is listed as the owner.

    I think maybe the lock symbol means that if u select Nobody, then the folder is locked -- and nobody on a networked computer can access it.
     
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    syc0path Thread Starter

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    Another thing I noticed that may provide some insight is that the main computer can't see the TV computer at all, unless I do Start - Run - \\IPofOther - OK. The TV computer doesn't show up in the homegroup when I look at the homegroup on the main computer. Since the TV computer doesn't seem to be part of the homegroup, that might explain why it is denied access to shared folders on the main computer. Of course, the question then becomes, how do I make the TV computer part of the homegroup??
     
  7. TerryNet

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    Only by installing Windows 7, as Windows 7 is the only system with Homegroups.

    Add "Everyone" and your problem may be solved.

    Does the XP computer show up in the Network folder on the Windows 7?
     
  8. syc0path

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    IT WORKED!! Just to be clear, I right-clicked on the folder to be shared, selected Share with -- Specific people... Then I manually typed in "Everyone" and hit Add.

    It seems so simple now... but what a PITA to get to this point! I think part of the confusion was that I had already shared the root of the drive w/ Everyone, but Windows doesn't like to share the root. It's also strange that u would have to manually type in Everyone, and that Windows knows that it doesn't refer to a specific user.

    Oh yeah, the XP computer does show up on the Win7 machine's Network folder.

    Terry, I really appreciate your help on this, and not giving up on this long and arduous process. Who knows how long it would have taken to figure this out w/o your help!
     
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    You're welcome. :) Glad we finally found something that works.
     
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