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Access denied to mapped network drives and folders in Vista

by nelocke / July 1, 2009 5:10 AM PDT

Just bought a new pc with Vista Home Premium. I set up a small workgroup (named WORKGROUP) with new Vista PC and 2 PC's running XP. All computers see each other in the workgroup. I can map drives and folders between the XPs and I can also map to the drives and folders in the XP's from the Vista pc. However, I can not map to drives and folders on the Vista pc from the XP pc's. (Actually I can map to them, but when I try to open them, I get a "drive not accessible" message.) The drives and folders are set to share to "Everyone".

Need help, please.

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Keep in mind that 'Everyone' is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2009 6:57 AM PDT

'Everyone' in MS networking are those with an account. Since you don't have a domain or such but just workgroup did you check your accounts on each machine?

It's interesting to cover 'Everyone' versus 'Anyone.' If you want to allow access to 'Anyone' tell the forum how you would do that.

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"Everyone" vs "Anyone"
by nelocke / July 1, 2009 7:42 AM PDT

I don't know the difference between "Everyone" and "Anyone". I'm just using the "Everyone" terminology that's in Vista. As far as telling the forum how I would allow access to "Anyone", I don't know how to do that.

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Let's get the definition.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2009 8:29 AM PDT
In reply to: "Everyone" vs "Anyone"

"Everyone" is everyone with an account.

"Anyone" is anyone, account or no account.

By default and a good thing is we have the Everyone scenario. Given that you would have YOUR account (let's call it sparta) and to test that sparta has the right access we would go to each machine and log in on as sparta. If we find a machine without a sparta account then we fix that and re-test.

What else I find is that sometimes the network share may not work for sparta so I have to unshare then re-share that item for Windows to catch on that sparta is an allowed person to access the share.

Hope that clears is up for you.

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