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Files available but not accesible on network

i have a new pc with Windows 7 and am trying to access my laptop running Vista. I have set up a network and can see the available files but access is denied both ways. Help. I can access files on my ols pc, which is XP, no problem. All 3 machines are on the same workgroup, although not so sure about W7 homegroup.

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How did you set Accounts?

While you can see folders and files, access is based on accounts. Some forget that.

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Sorry,not very savvy. How do I set accounts properly? Please explain in very simple steps so I can move forward on this. Thank you

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Let's use the account zarrah for example.

Let's say you named your account zarrah. If there is no zarrah account on the other machine then the other machine doesn't know zarrah and won't let them use the files.

But be assured I don't duplicate web content about creating user accounts or what is given on this OS. You can type How do I create and manage accounts on Windows 7 on google or this OS and I don't duplicate that here. Instead I try to guess what is going on and point to that.

Once your accounts are proper, if it fails the next problem is firewalls.

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