Network Password

May 31, 2005 at 11:25:47
Specs: Xp Pro SP2, 512

I have set up a network of 2 computers plugged into a network swith and also an broadband router in there as well. The 1st computer has win pro sp2 and the 2nd has win xp home sp2. The internet works fine from both computers and also i can access files on the home pc from the pro one with no probs. But when on the pro trying to view files on the home i get a pop up asking for a network password with username has got ROUTER4/Guest and is grayed out and is asking for a password which i dont have please help me. Thanx Dec

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Amd Athlon 64 FX-51 +3200
1024MB RAM
400GB Hard Disks

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May 31, 2005 at 13:23:08

Login as the administrator for your system.

Find 'My Computer' and right click on it to pull up it's menu. (In XP my computer is normally found on the start menu.) Once on the menu find 'Manage' and select it. You will be resented with a computer management window.

Looking through the menu tree on the left you should see 'System Tools', expand it if it's not already expanded. Now locate and expand 'Local Users and Groups' and then click on the 'Users' folder.

Now you can see your computers users in the right pane. Your guest account may be disabled, so you will have to enable it to use it. Right click user 'Guest' and select 'Properties'. Now uncheck 'Account is Disabled' in the new window. Click OK.

Now back at your list of users, right click 'Guest' again and select 'Set Password', this will allow you to set your guest accounts password.

That should do it.

Good Luck,

BTW: This works on Win2000 as well.

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May 31, 2005 at 13:29:34

Note: Leaving the guest acount activated can be a security risk.

One solution you may what to try is creating a username with the same password on both computers.

My computers allow me to travel freely when i'm using a username they all have that has the same password. (The computer i'm using basically tells the other computer who i am and passes my login info to it)

Good Luck Again :P

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June 1, 2005 at 08:41:02

Another thing to figure out is, are you using simple file sharing? You could turn it off, and share things with more control. Also if you want to set folder permissions in XP home, you will need to boot into safe mode using F5 or F8 while booting. right click on the folder, and select the security option. adding "everyone" to this with full contol will only limit the share by the share permissions now. As NightStorm said, the guest account is a possibility if all else fails.

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