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accessing shared folder on Win 7 from an XP station

by cham_79 / November 4, 2009 8:17 AM PST

I have set up shared folders on my windows 7 box and have been trying to get to those folders from my XP laptop but I keep getting a login window to connect to the shared folder or map to a shared drive. I have tried the user account and password for both boxes but I still can't connect. What user name is it refering to? Oh, I am connecting through a router and I am able to remote to the windows 7 box using VNC.

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There's your clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2009 8:29 AM PST

Does the user on XP have an account on the 7 machine? If not, make one for them.

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by cham_79 / November 4, 2009 8:38 AM PST
In reply to: There's your clue.

Yes, I'm the only user for both. I have tried adding a new account on the windows 7 box, exactly the same as the one on the XP box and it still did not work. It did return with the user name section displaying the windows 7 box computer Name with a backslash. I have even tried the network password generated by Windows 7.

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"only user"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2009 8:51 AM PST
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That's not good. Too often people get lost over that. Let's cover the basics.

The account names must match. The firewalls, even the one in the router must allow networking. That password is your clue the account, password or firewall is still at issue.

I'm the only user is not a good thing. XP, Vista suffer from corrupt profiles and that alone is why we keep spare accounts. Many had to learn that lesson. You can avoid that one.

Ok, NOW read http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-7/unable-to-access-network-share-on-macos-x-from-windows-7/

Do that.
Bob

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W7 sharing with XP
by Jonmor68 / November 5, 2009 2:48 AM PST
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