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by crdiscoverer / January 25, 2006 10:31 PM PST

I had two pcs (Win XP Professional SP2) connected through a hub, with file and printer sharing enabled, then I recently added a laptop (same OS) and enabled sharing, but it keeps asking for a password when trying to access it from any of the other pcs (from the laptop, the network is working fine). I usually get around this by enabling simple file sharing, or activating the guest account for networking, but nothing seems to work with this laptop, and I have no idea what to use as a password because the user account is not password protected. I need direct access as with the other two pcs. ''Server'' and all other networking related services are active, also I've disabled the firewalls in all 3 pcs. I don't know, I'm out of ideas... help please.

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by Darton Fury / January 26, 2006 3:50 AM PST

Create the same user account and password on all computers.

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by belucey / June 6, 2006 7:17 AM PDT

I know this post is a few months old now, but just in case there are others with the same problem as this and are using all their Google searching skills like nothing else, here is a probable solution.

First of all - DO make sure all the PCs on the home network are on the same workgroup. (Right click My Computer - Properties - Computer Name - Change.)

Second - change any firewall settings (windows and/or anti-virus) that are blocking any file sharing.

If this doesn't work type in "net user guest" into command prompt. If it shows that the password has expired, the following should solve the problem:

Thirdly - and the end to weeks of my own problems - (Start- Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Local users and Group (from Left Hand Column) - Double click Users - Right Click Guest - Properties - and make sure that the "Password never expires" box is checked and the "Account is disabled" is unchecked.

Hope this Helps.

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by slick62 / June 6, 2006 7:23 AM PDT

Get the laptop and Click Start/ Run and type "control userpasswords2" without quotes. Unckeck Users must type a password to login in this computer. Make sure to select the Username you wnat this option to be applied. Type the password when prompt or leave it empty if no passwrd is set for that account and click OK.

Restart the laptop and now you should be able to get into it from the network without enering any password at all...

Hope this help

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by ask4anu / June 6, 2006 2:05 PM PDT

if you are NOT BEHIND A ROUTER (with hardware firewall)EXAMPLE (linksys befsx41) (only cisco name routers are better) (LINKSYS WAS SMaRT AND JUMPED on cisco's coatails for a trouble free NETWORING time)PARTS AND TECH USED there are other manufactures u can use to to help lower price and i do not recommed anything say BELKIN in my opinion CISCO is the best But will pay for the best as well but LINKSYS is a low price solution to which you can still get CISCO tech INSIDE for under one bill.I_AM_THINKING_WIERLESS_OR_WIRED depending on your computer set up arrangement EXP LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION (3 pcs)HEY LISTEN TO ME YOUNG GUYs OR GALs WHEN I AM TALKING TO U ABOUT SERIOUS MATTERS frist and foremost you didnt even say what kind of connection you have your TROUBLED NETWORK hook to CABLE\DSL as /\Y/\ would i ask that becuse the wrong mistake here can cost you your network protection performance security who is in control of your network there ARE 7 LAYERS TO INTERNET SECURITY and if you are turning on A MICROSOFT FILE AND PRINTER SHARING NETWORK your STUFF BETTER BE LOCKED UP TIGHTER THEN FORT KNOX As if it was the last MONEY on EARTH and if you do not know how to do this PROPERLEY you may as well CALL HACK UP AND SAY OK BRO ITs ON and ITs YOURS PLEASE MAY I USE MY OWN NETWORK THAT U NOW OWN PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Cscript echo:".Mr.HACK.MY.NEW "&.MASTER" Wscript echo: TEACHERS TIP you can go to http:\\www.linksys.com(look for teaching aid at site set back and watch JAVA in all its scripting GLORY At how to HOOK UP A WIRED or WIRLESS NETWORK i my self have watched it 22 times just because it is good scripting) class passes go!!!! you get no money WA WA WA WAaaaaaaaaa:( hey u did get knowledge.....a linksys router with built in HARDWARE (means there is a chip built into the router just for firewall so that it MAY NOT BE COAXED INTO A WAIT STATE _just long enough for hack to WORM HIS WAY IN SOFTWARE firewall ON XP OS (basicily they trick the software firewall into making it think it is still running WHEN IN FACT hack just OPENED UP A SLICK WHOLE in your weak software BECAUE YOUR CPU CAN BE MINIPULATED into to thinking that the firewall(SOFTWARE) is running smoothly UNLESS U HAVE A DEDICATED CHIP(HARDWARE FIREWALLL) and the only other thing that i am at LIBERTY to tell you BEFORE I HAVE TO SEND THE GEEK SQUAD AFTER YOU (TRUST ME IT AINT A PRETTY SITE TO SEE ALL THOSE NERDS ROLL OUT OF ONE LITTLE VW LIKE CIRCUS CLOWNS AND STORM TROOP YOUR HOUSE with NOTEBOOKS and POCKET PROTECTORS and THIS WEIRD JIBBERISH LANGUAGE (WERE THEY TALKING IN BINARY)??????any how you get the idea THEN OUT OF ALL THAT GOING ON your WALLET HOLLERS RAPEEEEEEEEEEEE one of my freinds spent $300 just for them to low level FORMAT HIS FREAKING PC FROM A VIRUS and when he found out what all i knew he was pissed LOL a router ($100)maybe a little higher where you live or lower(each computer will require a nic card built in or add in most pc have them now for about 3-5 years some sooner then that TURN SHARING OFF ON ALL PCs AND DONT TURN IT BACK ON TILL YOU GET ONE as someone has accessed your network U know HOW now I know all that just from reading the forms that yall have written y in fact the 2 replies where close nice try guys yall are headed in the right direction I kNOW What you are waiting for well go pee and get you a drink smoke i cig if ya gotum or even use them because yall all have some reading to do WINDOWS XP IS A VERY COMPLEX PC OS KERNELL and you have to know all the right ways and wrong ways that you can SCREWUP in setting up the MICROSOFT KERNELL 32 bit SCREAMING DATA CRUNCHING INTERUPPT PASSING HALT GO GET PUT SET get the idea I AM ABOUT TO ENBARK you on why this could even fill up a whole networked form SERVER that you COULD BE RUNNING RIGHT NOW AND NOT KNOW IT ON YOUR NETWORK EVERY ISP ON THE NET SWEARS TO GOD THAT THERE NETWORK is the MOST SECURE ISP ON THE INTERNET WELL IN FACT I THINK THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WOULD say NOT if you play games you have already done half the hackers work for him \ her BUY CONNECTING TO THERE SERVER\SERVERS\BOTS\COMPROMIZED COMPUTERS\ if you are not s.e.c.u.r.=(e)and well guys i can tell neither 3 of you have KNOWLEDGE of MICROSOFT SECURITY BECUASE YOU WERE well i am sorry guys OFF IN LEFT FEILD LOOKING FOR THE BALL IT WAS A HOME RUN GRAND SLAM AND AND SCORE IS HACKER 1 UNSECURED NETWORK 0 Cscript echo :"10 seconds i can hack your network with a an 8 lined SCRIPT PULLING DOWN ALL KINDS OF INFO YOU DIDNT EVEN KNEW EXISTED about any DATA U HAVE SAVE ON YOUR COMPRIMISED PC."(INCLUDING any and all websites you have visted PORN INCLUDED)providing all the right conditions are in order MY SCRIPINTING ABILITY YOUR WEAK SECURITY AND YOU NOT KNOWING THAT WHEN connect to the A server internet,gaming ,ftp ,tftp, sql ,APACHE, LINUX, MICROSOFT 2000, microsoft SERVER PLATFORM, TERMINAL SERVICES CLEINT FOR MICROSOFT NETWORKS that if you dont have COM,\\ROOT\CIMV2 and good ole DCOM SECURED TCP\IP is a part of this as well but TO THINK HOW A COMPUTER USE,s PORTALS to talk over the internet then we would know (a)that if we closed all them portals up(FIREWALL OF HARDWARE or SOFTWARE)WE WOULD INFACT BE SHUTING OUR PC,s FROM THE NET and then the WHOLE INTERNET CONCEPT would be CRAP RIGHT ( BECUSE NO OPEN PORTS NO COOKIES FOR U MISTER OR MISS GETTING A LITTLE MORE UNDERSTANDING AT THIS SECURITY THING)_(I HOPE) or all this wiriting i have DONE so far is JUST GOING THUR ONE EAR OUT THE OTHER WITH A LIGHT SUMMER BREEZE BLOWING THRU the two better be wide open spaces for what used to be were your brain was before i tried to over load it WITH INFO if you really thought about it for a second (hey hes hes hes PING FLOODING MY BRAIN RIGHT NOW AND MY UNDERSTANDING RESPONDER IS JAMING UP no stop stop stop there for we we only close off the ones we arent using Wscript echo:"TEACHER TIP" _"&BET CLASS IS PAYING ATTENTION NOW" you pass go you colllected (KNOWLEDGE)+ (A GET OUT OFF MY SYSTEM U BIG GEEKY NERD FREE CARD)ARE U WANTING IT ALL RIGHT NOW CLASS(lol)ok ok ok DO I SMELL BURNING BRAINS EEEEEK!!!(CALL 911!!!!!)one of my STUDENTS just spontainousily COMBUSTED FROM INFORMATION OVERLOAD just hose him off and prop him back up in his seat he may be dead( AND A LITTLE CRISPY) but he wont want to miss this at all so i bet i have said some thing that made you SAY W00T well just how do i do all those you have been going on an on an on an on an on about HERE IT COMES CLASS

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by ask4anu / June 7, 2006 4:23 AM PDT

I WAS SO SLEEPY WHEN I WROTE THAT REPLY i had been up at cnet writing help text for over 28 hours solid so if at any where i lost you in that reply post a question about it and i will try again i will be putting my info on my web site so i can give you gives a link that will (A)help me not to have to write give me spell check as well(sorry about mispelled words)
(b) be a better all around way to do things please for give my tired self i have read and i see where i may have lost some of you so SORRY

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