Vista file sharing

Hewlett-packard / Dv6928
April 22, 2009 at 21:14:03
Specs: Windows Vista
I have two identical Vista Home 32bit laptops. N draft cards, linksys extreme N router.

Both systems can see each other from network. However they cant access each other. I also am unable to share printers.

Both systems have file sharing on, UAC disabled... I'm not sure what else I can do.

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April 23, 2009 at 05:39:31
This procedure will make the computer a little less secure but it works because no passwords are used and everyone is allowed access.

First of all, go to Control Panel > Classic View > Network and Sharing Center and make sure you have Network Discovery, File Sharing and Public Folder Sharing all set to ‘On’ and Password Protected Sharing to ‘Off’.

To share a Vista folder, click it > Share on the Toolbar > Advanced Sharing, click ‘Share this folder’ > Apply > OK, etc. Two little people should appear on the icons of the folders that are shared. An alternative way of sharing is to drag the folders you want to share to the Public folder.

As you don’t have Password Protected Sharing turned on, you have to change the security permissions on your folder(s) to allow Everyone access. Right-click the shared folder > Properties > Security Tab > Edit > Add and type ‘Everyone’ (not the quotes) into the box and OK. Tick the boxes next to the permissions you want to allow (e.g. Read or Write, etc.) then Apply > OK, etc. You may see some screens coming up with message 'An error occurred while applying ……..'. This is not unusual and can be ignored by clicking Continue.

It’s also preferable to put the computers in the same workgroup.

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April 23, 2009 at 09:21:45
Thanks for the reply, I have all of the settings as you listed. However when when trying to access the other computer it throws up an hour glass like its working, but never connects to the other system. I'm not sure if there is some other security measure Im missing that is blocking the communication between the two.

I never had any problems with networking before I changed to all vista. How frustrating! lol

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April 23, 2009 at 10:30:01
Windows firewall is normally set to allow file and printer sharing but if you have a third-party firewall make sure file and printer sharing is enabled so that each machine can talk to the other(s).

Don’t disable the Windows firewall if it’s the only one you’re running.

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April 23, 2009 at 10:41:20
set to On network discovery.

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