Unwanted Domain Logon

February 24, 2009 at 07:26:48
Specs: Windows XP HOME
Hello..I'm new to this site. I've searched and can't find an answer to my query....

I have a home network that works beautifully....

1 desktop wired connection (windows xp home)
3 laptops and 1 desktop wireless connection (windows xp home x2 and windows vista x2)

Printer sharing works perfectly with all computers.

My PROBLEM is file sharing. We used to be able to share file folders across the network with ease. Something changed (not sure what)....Now, when trying to access a shared folder from any computer in the network a Domain Logon dialog box appears asking for username and password. Never had this come up before. We don't know why. We've tried all kinds of usernames and passwords (guest account, administrator name/password, current user name/password, .NET username and password).

We tried using a program called Network Magic to try and fix the problem, but it didn't help.

Any suggestions?

Thank you so much for any assistance!!!

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February 24, 2009 at 07:55:38
That's likely not a domain login. It looks quite similar but most likely it's just a request for valid credentials to access the share. Which is to say, you need to provide the username/password of an account that has been added to the ACL of that share.

In a workgroup environment, it's always best to have a valid account on the target machine that reflects the user/PC attempting to connect to said share.


User: John
PW: password

User: Sally
PW: pAsswOrd

User: Ken
PW: PassWord

You create a shared folder on PC1 that you wish to give Sally and Ken access to. The smart thing to do is create an account on PC1 for both users using exactly the same credentials they use to login to their respective machines. (ie: username/password)

Add their user accounts to the ACL of the share and assign appropriate permissions.

Now when they go to connect to the share, they will not be asked to enter any credentials.

Without the accounts, then you are asked to login with appropriate credentials (ie: a valid username/password that is added to the share already).

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February 24, 2009 at 13:58:32
Thank you for the explanation. However, that did not work. I attempted this by adding the same logon username and password for all computers onto all computers under User Accounts and made sure that they were all 'administrators'. But, this did not work. I am still being prompted with this little window.

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February 24, 2009 at 14:53:56
Did you then add the user accounts to the ACL of the shared folder?

If not, you need to do so.

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February 24, 2009 at 15:24:55
Please go to each computer and confirm they are in a workgroup and not a domain.

You can get this info by right mouse clicking on My Computer and going to properties.

Do they all say Workgroup and they all have the same workgroup name?

Next check all of the shares and their properties. You should see "everyone" with full control listed on all shares.

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March 1, 2009 at 13:01:06
Ok, I'm not exactly sure what you mean by adding an ACL to the share folder. What is ACL?

I've added the same user names and passwordsto the User Accounts on all the computers.

When I right click on My Computer and choose Properties, they all have the same workgroup, MSHOME.

Sorry for the ignorance, I'm just very green when it comes to networking :(

Thanks again for your help!!

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March 1, 2009 at 16:46:33
acl means access control list which is a common acronym for assigned/denied rights.

good to hear you are in a common workgroup

do you still get the logon box when you try to access a share?

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March 1, 2009 at 17:02:45
OK, I don't get the logon box any more :)
However, I now get an error message that says
"The network path was not found"
"xxx is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions."


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March 1, 2009 at 21:24:49
are you running any software firewalls? If so check the configuration to make sure file and print sharing is allowed.

yet you say print sharing is working fine.

on a machine that you have a share you can't access from another machine... go to control panel, admin tools, computer management and then under shared folders [which is on the left pane] highlight shares and tell us what is listed.

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