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Problems networking Win 7 machines in workgroup

by cag8f / October 28, 2014 12:36 PM PDT

Hi All.

I have 2 Win 7 machines and I am trying to share files between the two. Specifically, I want each to be able to see (read, write, edit, etc) the other's D drive (and all folders within). From one system, I can see the other system's D drive. But when I try to open it, I get a Windows error:

Network Error
Windows cannot access \\COMPUTER-A\d
You do not have permission to access \\COMPUTER-A\d. Contact your network administrator to request access.
The Public folder on drive C IS shared. I replicated those settings and successfully shared my user folder (Snarl/snarl) on each C drive). But when I tried to replicate those settings for my D drive, it did not work.
I have conducted extensive web searches and tried many different suggestions. I don't know how to troubleshoot further/resolve. Here's what I have already tried/checked:

<div>--Both are members of the same WORKGROUP.
--The user on COMPUTER-A is 'Snarl.' The user on COMPUTER-B is 'snarl.' I tried adding a new user, 'snarl,' to COMPUTER-A, but Windows informed me that name was already in-use (as 'Snarl'--there is no user 'snarl' on COMPUTER-A).
--Neither user uses a password.
--Both network types are 'Home.'
--D is not the Windows partition--C is.
--The following are set on both systems:
--Network discovery is on
--File and printer sharing is on
--Public folder sharing is on
--Password protected sharing is off
--On the D drive for each system, I have carried out the following:
--Properties-->Sharing-->Advanced Sharing-->Share this folder is checked. Share name is "D"
--When setting drive permissions on COMPUTER-A, I am not allowed to add a user from COMPUTER-B. I have tried the following:
Properties-->Sharing-->Advanced Sharing-->Permissions--> entered the username 'snarl' and clicked 'Check Names.' The name changes to COMPUTER-A\snarl. The "From this location" field is set to COMPUTER-A and is greyed out. When I try to click the Locations... button to add users from COMPUTER-B, only COMPUTER-A is available. When I try to add the user manually (COMPUTER-B\Snarl), a "Name not found" box comes up and I am prompted to edit it. The same happens on COMPUTER-B--I cannot add a user from COMPUTER-A.
--I realize using a HOMEGROUP might be easier, but I would like to understand how to carry this out in a WORKGROUP. I have tried everything I have found on the web.
--Thanks in advance.

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One more thing.
by cag8f / October 28, 2014 12:39 PM PDT

Also, COMPUTER-A is running Win 7 x86, while COMPUTER-B is running Win 7 64-bit.

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I didn't see any mention of firewall work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 28, 2014 3:04 PM PDT

Many routers have a firewall that needs to be disabled.

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True but..
by cag8f / October 28, 2014 10:51 PM PDT

That is true. I unfortunately don't have access to my router. But if the router were blocking this, how would explain the fact that I can share individual folders on my C and D drive?

Also, Windows Firewall and antivirus (Avast) are disabled on each machine.

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Good clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2014 3:37 AM PDT
In reply to: True but..

There are some folders such as C:\ that can't be shared. This can really torque folk that were used to that. On top of that if there is some paging file there, I've seen it not share. finds that the OWNERSHIP of the drive matters. As a seasoned networker you understand why "Everyone" has to be in the permissions as noted at

I find a lot of folk don't get what or why "Everyone".

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