Win7 pc wont allow network access from XP pc

March 10, 2011 at 12:53:19
Specs: windows 7
Hi I have a home network set up.
My win7 PC can access the xp PC, I can open and transfer files,
When on the xp PC I cannot access the win7 network places I click on the icon for win7 PC I get a request for User name and password. This situation is a 1 way street. I have been on the win7 to set up home network and have file share enabled and both PCs on same home network group. If I am on win7 PC I can click on xpPC and open files and transfer files from xp PC but cannot access the win7 PC
What am I not doing on win7 file sharing ?

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March 10, 2011 at 13:10:08
You would think Microsoft would make the process easier wouldn't you?

One possibility is that when you set up the shares you have it set to require a password.

Something else I have run into when using different versions of Windows is that the default work group label is different for each version. All need to be on the same work group name.

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March 10, 2011 at 18:33:46
Start at help and support pages in Windows 7. It is complex and you end up needing a long code and you have to set up your W7 to be a home network too. along with what otherhill said.

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March 10, 2011 at 19:04:51
It has been a while since I did it, but if you just add a user to the list on you Windows 7 end, it will require a user name and password, this does not easily work from the XP end though. If I remember correctly, I added a user 'everyone' and gave it read and write privileges and that worked. In a home network, you are still behind the firewall of your router, so you still should be safe, but you should share a few folders and not the entire drive, unless you set aside a separate partition just for sharing and maybe back ups from the other machine.

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

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