Win 10 Can't See Folders Shared On Win 7 Machine

Dell / Inspiron one 2320
January 9, 2020 at 13:25:37
Specs: Windows 10, I5-9400
HI!

I'm the process of setting up a new Win 10 machine. I want to transfer files from the Users folder on a Win 7 box to the Win 10 box.

I shared the Users folder on the Win 7 box and I can see it on the Win 10 box, but the only sub-folders I can see are Public and Default. So I went back to the Win 7 machine and specifically shared the named sub-folders for the 2 users whose files I want to move, but they still don't show on the Win 10 side. I'm still only seeing Public and Default.

What am I doing wrong?

BTW I'd prefer not to move things around on the Win 7 machine because it is still in use by the 2 users. I'd like to set up the Win 10 machine while not impacting the Win 7 machine.

Thanks!

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#1
January 9, 2020 at 16:56:56
See if this link is of any help:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...

It doth seem that yet again M$-land has made things that once worked ok, e.g. networking and sharing files between computers, and relatively simple to achieve - no-longer so with win-10?

Not being a win-10 user I can’t check how it works re’ networking and file sharing. Likely several of the regulars here with win-10 experience will chip in more fully; so hang about whether or the above link helps...


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#2
January 9, 2020 at 18:43:11
Thanks trvlr.

Many of the suggestions at that link explain how to fix issues with not being able to connect to other computers on the network. I can disregard those because I can connect.

The ones that deal with sharing offer suggestions that I believe I have already tried. Nothing seems specific to being able to see some but not all shared folders on the remote machine.

That said, I took one more step and turned on Advanced Sharing for both of the specific user folders on the Win 7 machine. Things got a even stranger. Now I can see the folders on the Win 10 machine but...

1 - On the Win 10 machine they show up outside of the Users folder, not as the sub-folders they are on Win 7.

2 - I can not open them. Double clicking does nothing. Right-click...Open does nothing. Creating a Network drive creates the drive, but I can't open it.

This is strange...


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#3
January 9, 2020 at 21:07:08
If you give Permissions for someone called "Everyone" and set full rights on it, it might help. You may want to reverse this after copying it over though for security.

Sharing between Windows 7 machines and Windows 10 machines has always been tricky. You set it up and it works and a while passes and try using it and it stops working. I have to assume Windows Update sticks it head where it is not wanted, all in the name of security of course.

If the files are not enormous you can use a flash drive or external hard drive to transfer them over. Not as direct but very reliable and straight forward. If using an external drive, it can be a safe back up to be kept. Note USB 3.0 or 3.1 is much faster than USB 2.0 so if the files are large be careful on the drive and any cables used for the transfer.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
January 10, 2020 at 04:45:23
re: If you give Permissions for someone called "Everyone" and set full rights on it, it might help.

That has already been done.

re: If the files are not enormous you can use a flash drive or external hard drive to transfer them over.

I have 2 computers, made by the same company, running OS's made by the same company, sitting on the same network in the same room and I may have to manually transfers files between the devices. There's has to be a better way.

(just venting)

Thanks!

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#5
January 10, 2020 at 08:38:18
On Win 7 there is a program called "Windows Easy Transfer"
there was also a version for XP which I have used in the past to transfer files.

Of course Win 10 does not have a version, they send you to a third party program called PCmover by Laplink and of course you have to pay for it. ($14.95)

The actual file name for the program is MIGWIZ.EXE and on my Win 7 is located in both the:

C:\Windows\System32\migwiz\migwiz.exe
and
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\migwiz\migwiz.exe

Now, since it works on both XP & Win 7 there is a slim chance you could download the XP version and see if Win 10 will possibly run it. Compatibility Mode perhaps?

Also, in the WIN 7 C:\Windows\System32\migwiz directory there is a MIGsetup.exe file, so you might
be able to copy the whole MIGWIZ directory over to your WIN 10 and see if the setup works.

Sorry can't offer more assistance.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#6
January 10, 2020 at 09:47:44
It occurred to me that possibly a firewall is getting in the way... Be it on win-7 or win-10. I recall having to disable (albeit briefly) inXP to get files access between XP and whatever... Once I had established that access (with firewall disabled) I could then re-enable the firewall and all was Still) well. Why only God and M$-land geniuses know and understand that...

Seems this is an ongoing irritation for many out there using win-10...

See if this on tenforums.net is any help; there is reference to a more complete discussion within the response by essenbe . Perhaps check that out too?

http://tinyurl.com/t69nrtj

likewise this from technet chats... helps?

http://tinyurl.com/sql5evh


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#7
January 10, 2020 at 18:41:17
I found a workaround.

Since I can access the Users\Public folder on the Win 7 machine from the Win 10 machine, I've been copying files into that folder and then copying them over to Win 10.

It's an extra step, but it's getting the job done.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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