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networking Win8 with Vista fails

by nichosi / October 28, 2013 11:15 PM PDT

I hope you can help me on another hellish problem.

I home networked for years in XP machines.

I read a dozen web help files how to network w8 with Vista but, could not make it work.

Vista sees the w8 disks & directories & can exchange files.

The w8 win-explorer list shows under Network the VISTALAPTOP. When I click on it it asks for user name/password but, what name & password?, I tried the email passwords I usually use with no result.

Vista has no user names or passwords for signing in to when booting-up, the w8 name & password does not work here & neither has Network passwords.

Vista does not use "Workgroup" like w7 &w8.

Any help will be appreciated.

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/1730/ll1g.jpg

This below shows what happens when from my win8 PC I click on the Laptop "Louise" & clicked to open it's C drive. Same happens if I open "h" or "documents" etc.

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/1298/jxjg.jpg

And this is from Vista loise's properties

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/1659/7jaq.jpg

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There are too many solutions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2013 2:14 AM PDT

However a key item is that we can re-enable the old Workgroup system. Plenty of articles about that but I find many loathe or upset about using the web on this area.

However the Workgroup system relies on USER accounts so you would have to get that fixed up to use it unless you enable the Guest account. Here's a note about that.
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/306a083a-7bb4-4d56-b4d4-52b7ea42c5b8/allow-guest-access-to-shared-folder-wpassword-protection?forum=itprovistanetworking

Notice they had to grant read permissions.
Bob

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networking Win8 with Vista fails
by nichosi / October 29, 2013 3:32 AM PDT

As mentione above read a score of web info with no success.

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Remember there are many reasons for this to not work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2013 3:43 AM PDT

For example a router could block it or some of the new antivirus suites. There is so much to cover that I bet many will wonder what MSFT was smoking.

Here's a link about the router block.
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7589_102-5412417.html?tag=posts;msg5412417

Wish I had better news but you have to unravel this one step by step and there is no guide to this because folk have so many variations on the systems. I continue to use a simple approach of moving back to the Workgroup model then adding user accounts then setting permissions but if I think about it there was some dozen plus steps and maybe 100 mouse clicks. Silly it seems.

"Network Magic" likely suffered due to the byzantine labyrinth of networking tunnels as you see at http://store.linksys.com/Cisco-Software_stcVVcatId553232VVviewcat.htm
It was as close as I saw over the years for folk to click here to cure network sharing issues but today you learn what you can, and move to systems you know.

Your comment about Vista's homegroup is telling me you only need to get back in the soup.
Bob

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