Solved Problems with Win8 file sharing with Win7...

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December 11, 2012 at 22:47:41
Specs: Windows 8, I7/6Gb

Hi!

Due to a mixed network of WinXP, Win2000 and Win7 computers I've had to stay away from the 'home sharing' thing and use a setup I got from one of the Win network forums--this is detailed at the end of this post. (I do 3D animation and have a development desktop and laptop plus five more PCs I use as a render farm).

My development laptop recently went out so I got a new one which came with Win 8. I attempted to use the same network setup on it however although it can now access and/or 'see' many things on many PCs, all the stuff I really need shared from my main development win7 desktop (let's call this system MainWin7) I cannot get to. The Win8 notebook can see the shared folders but I get the 'not enough privileges' error when I try to access the folders.

One really weird thing is that the only thing the win8 notebook can see and access on MainWin7 is a share I made to an external backup drive. As an experiment I created a share on MainWin7 to the C drive (exactly the same privileges) and again the Win8 notebook sees it but can't access it (gets the same error).

It's crazy.

BTW, I have a wireless network which shouldn't matter.

Any thoughts, suggestions or ideas?

Thanks for any help!!
Rusty

Current Network Setup which got all my assorted OSs sharing OK and which I applied to the Win8 notebook :
• Home Networking is not setup
• Network is a "Work" Network
• Computer names are unique and less than 11 characters long and all computers belong to the Workgroup IS.
• Adapter Properties:
o Unchecked : TCP/IP 6
o Unchecked : Link Layer Topology Responder
o Unchecked : Link Layer Topology Mapper
o TCP/IP 4 Properties:
 Obtain IP and DNS Address automatically
• Folder Options:
o Unchecked: Use file sharing wizard
• Advanced Sharing Settings:
o On: Network Discovery
o On: File and Printer Sharing
o Off: Public Folder Sharing
o Off: Multimedia Cataloging
o On: File Sharing w/devices using 40 or 50 bit encryption
o Off: Password Protection Sharing
o On: Use Username/Passwords to connect to other computers


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December 12, 2012 at 21:35:45

I finally fixed this mess (I hope). So for anyone with this same unusual problem I'll post what I did. Now everything seems to be connecting OK. I went to Network and Sharing and first I discovered that when I switched to the new wireless network I had not made the changes to the wireless adapter...made these but still didn't work. Then I looked closer at the adapter settings and compared them to one of my win7 systems and wound up unchecking some extra ones (not very descriptive...sorry) and this fixed it.

Rusty



#1
December 12, 2012 at 07:10:58

Any thoughts, suggestions or ideas?

Yeah, get Windows 7 and put that on your new laptop and get rid of Windows 8.

Sorry but that's all the advice I can give you. To date I haven't touched Windows 8 and am not likely to any time soon.

Since this is a brand new laptop, you might contact the seller and ask them about replacing 8 with 7. They may do it for free since both OS's should be relatively speaking, the same price. You could have had them put 7 on it as part of the deal had you known 8 wasn't going to network well with your setup. Done then there likely wouldn't have been any major difference in price of your laptop.

The only other suggestion I have is, were it me, I'd be all over google looking for information on the differences in networking between 8 and 7. What changes MS made to the networking side of 8, how to network 8 and 7 together, etc.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
December 12, 2012 at 07:55:50

Dear Curt R,

Thanks for the reply! I agree however I'd still be on win95 if always did what I felt like doing, LOL. I really hate windows8--its like an iPad for the PC. Still the future is coming, like or not.

Rusty


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#3
December 12, 2012 at 09:48:23

Yes, the "future is coming" but that doesn't mean you have to put up with Windows 8 right now. I just finally bought Windows 7 and started running it at home a few months back when I bought a new PC. My older one is still running XP Pro and still in use.

If I were to buy a new computer right now, I'd tell whomever I was buying it from to install Windows 7. If they couldn't, or wouldn't, I'd just buy a copy of Windows 7 and install it myself (and I'd refuse to pay for Windows 8 since I wouldn't be using it.....but keep in mind, as a computer geek, I do custom PC's).

They (Microsoft) can't force you to use Windows 8 if you don't want to. And, if your laptop doesn't have a touch screen, then there's no advantage to running 8.

I'm just saying........

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
December 12, 2012 at 09:53:59

I'm haven't touched Windows 8 either & probably won't, any time soon. There should be a way to correct the privileges even if you have to run the windows 8 box as administrator & add that account to any of the boxes that hold the shares. If that doesn't work, sharing your files from an NAS device but try the permissions before you buy anything.

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#5
December 12, 2012 at 20:04:17

What's wrong with Windows 8?

Tony


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#6
December 12, 2012 at 21:35:45
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I finally fixed this mess (I hope). So for anyone with this same unusual problem I'll post what I did. Now everything seems to be connecting OK. I went to Network and Sharing and first I discovered that when I switched to the new wireless network I had not made the changes to the wireless adapter...made these but still didn't work. Then I looked closer at the adapter settings and compared them to one of my win7 systems and wound up unchecking some extra ones (not very descriptive...sorry) and this fixed it.

Rusty


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#7
December 12, 2012 at 21:40:37

===Glad to hear you got it going===

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#8
December 12, 2012 at 21:41:20

For myself, I'm just use to Windows as it was (just say win7) and win8 is the biggest change since win95. All the ways I had of doing things is somewhat upset and I don't need that right now. Also, the start button is there but not there and when clicked the entire screen is fulled with huge icons like you see on an iPhone or iPad taking up way too much room...in fact you have to scrool to the right to see them all!!

ONly had it 2 days so beyond that, don't know.

r


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