Solved View x86 file from another networked computer

May 18, 2014 at 12:06:40
Specs: Windows 7
I have 2 networked machines, "XPS" (Win7/64 Home) and "Probook" (Win7/64 Pro). Each contains a version of a particular x86 folder, and I'm looking to move some files from the XPS/x86 to the corresponding Probook/x86.

The XPS/x86 folder is accessed via a shortcut placed in an outer folder in XPS ("Folder"). "Folder" can be viewed simultaneously in XPS and via network in Probook; both views of Folder are identical so all seems perfectly normal. The shortcut should allow XPS/x86 to be opened in Probook, or so I thought.

However the XPS/x86 shortcut in the Probook view of Folder has actually been changed, and now points to Probook x86. I.e., the same shortcut opens XPS/x86 when clicked from XPS and Probook/x86 when clicked from Probook. All other access to Folder seems identical from either computer. Is this some x86 quirk? How did the shortcut even find Probook/x86 to form the new link to it?

Thanks, Calvin

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May 18, 2014 at 17:09:13
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To view or modify a folder or file on another machine you need to 'Share' the folder first and make sure that the other machine has read/write rights.

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May 19, 2014 at 08:56:02
Maybe I should have been clearer by indicating that "Folder" contains a multiplicity of sub-folders and files that I've been able to access from Probook for some time and still can. No special sharing provision was ever made - I never even thought of it. Nonetheless I did try clicking all the share functions I could find, should x86 folders be unique with respect to this. It didn't change anything, but I do appreciate the suggestion.

Anyway, I'd expect a sharing problem resulting in a pop-up saying 'Access denied' or something like that. But instead to seek out and link to the analogous Probook folder, which has a similar but different name? That seems pretty weird, even for Windows.

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