Solved: XP PC's won't talk to Vista PC on Network

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klingenfelter

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I have 3 PC's on a network. One desktop, one Home Theater PC and a Laptop. The laptop runs Vista and the other two run XP, all fully up to date. All three PC's see each other on the network. The laptop can access all shared folders on the other PC's. However, one desktop won't allow access to the Vista Laptop shared folders (I get the access denied see your administrator message) and the other keeps asking for a password before I can get to the shared folders on the Vista Laptop. There is no password or user name so I can't get to the shared folders on the laptop. All three have the same user name (me). All three have the quest account turned off. All three have no password at login.

I'm the only user. Can anyone help. I'm at a loss to fix this.

Keith Lingenfelter
 

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I suggest assigning passwords, you can use automatic login if you don't want to keep typing them. The default configuration for Vista is not to network if there is no password. Of course, you can also turn on the guest account. :)
 

klingenfelter

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Yes I put a passowrd into my Vista account. I'm the only user on all these PC's, minor inconenience. The other PC's asked me for the user name and password once the first time I tried accessing a network file. After that it let me always, Even after a reboot. Simple but obscure

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You can create a user account on the Vista machine with the same name/password as is used by the connecting workstation to login, and then you won't get the password prompts.
 

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Yes that's what I did. When I log onto the Vista Laptop I enter a password with my user name. The first time I tried to access shared files on the laptop from the XP machines, I was asked for this user name and password. But that was the last time. Even after a reboot on any of the machines as long as I load a password with my user name at logon to the Vista laptop machine the network is now fully accessible from all machines in all directions. All machines use the same user name, my name. The XP machines though are configured without passwords. The need to add a password at logon to the vista laptop is not to inconvenient. The other XP machines have no password at all they just boot to my account.

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Put a password on the XP accounts. You can still automatically login to them.

Start, Run, control userpasswords2, and configure them to automatically login to the account desired.

With the same user name/password on the XP machines as the Vista, the password prompts will be gone. BTW, you can also automatically login to the Vista machine using the same technique.
 

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No problem. :)

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