file sharing from win 7 to xp in a workgroup

June 20, 2011 at 14:48:03
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i3, 3.10 ghz, 4 gigs DDR3 ram
Howdy fellas,

I've run into a snag with this, and I've been trying to find an answer everywhere to no avail. Here's the situation: I've got a Workgroup of about 12 machines networked together, with two computers set up as the servers (an old and a new). I'm creating folders on the new server (which is running Windows 7 Professional 32bit). If I set permission for "Everyone" to have access, I can access the folders from any computer (all other computers are running Windows XP currently) with no problem. When I try to restrict access to specific machines/accounts, it blocks all access to the folders regardless of the fact that I have the user names/passwords set to be the same on each of the computers. That being said, if I do the same thing on the other server (running XP), I can set access to folders and specific accounts with no problem at all, so it seems to be something with just the windows 7 machine and the permissions with it. I've tried everything I know to do now, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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June 20, 2011 at 15:50:36
Dunno what you are using. Network share or file permissions.

Always be careful with a deny. Usually better to construct permissions rather than denies.

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June 21, 2011 at 12:28:09
I'm not denying anything. Here's what I'm doing:

From the tutorials I've found, it says that you need to right click the folder and click Share with: Then select or add in the computer name. However, none of the computers in my network actually appear in that list. I can ping the other computers, and I can use the Everyone option to share the folder to the entire network and access the files in that folder. However, I need to make it so that ONLY a specific computer can get to this folder, and I've hit a road block on every attempt. If anyone has an answer to what I need to do to block all other computers from accessing this folder and leave access to only the computer I need to have access to it, please let me know. Again: The folder is on a Windows 7 machine, the computer that needs to access it it on Windows XP. I've followed every online tutorial that Google has shown me, and still no avail.

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June 21, 2011 at 12:46:48
"Then select or add in the computer name"

user name not computer name

"I need to make it so that ONLY a specific computer can get to this folder"

rights are per user not computer

users have rights. machines do not.

You could set the one machine to have a set account that was autologged on to which means each time its booted you don't see a logon screen it just autologs in. This is done with a registry edit. Then you could remove everyone from the share and only add this user account.

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June 21, 2011 at 14:26:28
Sorry, I should have been more specific. I did try the user account, with the same result. Apparently the Win7 computer is not actually recognizing the specific user accounts, because when I try to add them with the "Share with:" option, it tells me that it can't be found. If you know how I can fix that, it would probably solve my problem. Again though, I can do the exact same process on the XP machine to allow access to a folder on that machine (so it's recognizing the Win7 account, just not vice versa).

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