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Solved: "Simple file and printer sharing" misnamed.

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  1. kortmann

    kortmann Thread Starter

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    For about three weeks, I’ve been trying to set up “Simple file and printer sharing” between two desktops with plans to add a third, a laptop. All are running Windows XP SP3. One has XP Pro and the other has XP Home. (The laptop will be XP Pro.) All are connected wirelessly. They share a connection to the internet through a cable modem and a Linksys router. Each desktop has a USB wireless adapter. I set up a few folders on each to share along with a printer on the XP Home machine. Right away, the XP Home machine was able to access the folders on the XP Pro machine. Alas, not the other way ‘round. It seems I don't have "permission to access the resource". I’ve found lots of suggestions for solving this by doing searches with Google and tried so many I’ve lost count.
    I would appreciate anyone willing to help me straighten this mess out. (TSG Sysinfo in profile.)
    Thanks in advance,
    Ken
     
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    Since you've tried so many things maybe it would be better if you just started over on both machines ...

    Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro or Vista or 7.

    Windows XP firewall (if SP2 or SP3) will be properly configured by the wizard (but make sure it is not set to “No Exceptions”). You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

    The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

    When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (up to 15 minutes) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

    When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
     
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    Hi TerryNet,
    Thanks for the reply. I will do as you suggest and report back. Just one question. Must I change computer and workgroup names again?
    Thanks again,
    Ken
     
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    No need to change them. I always use the same ones when running that Network Setup Wizard the second (third, fourth, ...) time. :)
     
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    Hi TerryNet,
    The XP Home machine did show up in My Network Places this time as opposed to having to click on View workgroup computers. However, when I clicked on it I got the same message. Namely:" \\Home is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

    Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer."

    It just occurred to me that when I go to My Network Places on the "Home" machine, there are no icons for other computers in the workgroup. There are just icons for the shared folders.
    Ken
     
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    Haven't seen that error message for some time. Took awhile to find ...

    For the machine that gives the Logon failure, this procedure from a JohnWill post has worked for others.

    Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer

    If you see this message the following should be done on the computer containing the shared files:

    Download the following and install it

    Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=4544

    after installation is complete, click on: Start, All Programs, Windows Resource Kit Tools, Command Shell

    Then enter the following commands. (Attention: they are case sensitive.)

    net user guest /active:yes
    ntrights +r SeNetworkLogonRight -u Guest
    ntrights -r SeDenyNetworkLogonRight -u Guest

    The first command enables network access for Guest, the two subsequent ones change two different policies to allow network access for Guest.
     
  7. kortmann

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    Hi TerryNet,
    THANK YOU!
    That appears to have done the trick. Can I now remove the Windows Resource Kit Tools from the "Home" computer?
    Ken
     
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    Yes, you may remove the tools.

    You're welcome. :)

    You can mark this solved using the [​IMG] button at the upper left of the page.
     
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    Hi TerryNet,

    I'm kickin' myself because I saw the solution several days ago, but didn't act on it. Thanks again for the push.

    Ken
     
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