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Help setting up File/ Folder sharing Network!

Q: Help setting up File/ Folder sharing Network!


Please assist me in setting up File/ Folder sharing network between my PC's.

1) Work Place Network
Between Desktop [XP Pro] & Laptop [Vista] - Sharing internet through Beetel 450BXi ADSL2.

2) Home Network
Between Laptops [Vista] - Sharing internet through Linksys WRT54G.

A: Help setting up File/ Folder sharing Network!

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Hey there everyone.

Hoping you guys can give me a hand here and tell me what im missing or doing wrong...

Basically, theres 4 of us in a house and were hoping we can share files with each other. Weve SKY broadband (UK ISP) and they give you a netgear wireless router.
as far as i know, theres 2 people on XP and 2 on vista, all connecting wirelessly to the wireless router for internet access

What I want to know is how to allow us all to share folders with each other...we can do the sharing part so the files are visible on our own machines. however, we cannot see each others machines.

What else on top of all joining the same workgroup do we need to do to be able to see each others shared folders?

Ive tried using the wireless network for home or small office set up wizard in XP but get to the stage asking me to shove a flash drive in the back on my router. there are no usb ports on my router so I cannot do it this way...Does this stop it being possible?

kinda outta ideas

Any help is much appreciated



A:setting up file/folder sharing on a home wireless network

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Hi all,

I have a wireless network set up in my house and I want to share some of the folders on my computer so that other family members can listen to my music etc. When I click to turn Network Discovery on, and click apply, it just stays off, same goes for File Sharing.
When I try to turn public folder sharing on, after I click apply I get an error message saying "incorrect function". I have shared stuff on my work network so I'm not sure what's wrong here.


A:Can't turn Network Discovery, File Sharing and Public Folder Sharing on

Make sure your network is designated home or work; NOT public.

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Hey....great forum!! much better than the others ive used in the past...
Ok im not a complete idiot when it comes to pc's...but networking i am..
First off...I am running 3 PC's all XP pro....Xbox live and PS2 online off of my router(not the greatest speeds, but does the trick) Ive got 4mps down and like 1-2 up....everything works for jus surfing the net, down/uploading....
the problem is...setting everything up for sharing files between the computers...
I watch movies off my pc hooked up to my tv through s-video...and i want to be able to access my main downloading pc from the get music, movies whatever....i dont care if its streaming or jus cut and paste....kind of prefer cut and paste...but if theres a wicked streaming program will use that....whatever is easiest basically....oh ya im using a linksys wrt45gs(i have it all wired right now)
hope you guys can help....thanks!

A:Need help setting up a network for file sharing and internet use...

problem solved!! just using windows media center it works great!!! just doesnt play from cdr's oh well cant get everything you want.

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I just have a simple home network with a Belkin router. PC connected wired and one laptop wireless, both running Vista. I want to be able to see/modify all folders and files on each computer from either computer. I have read and read Windows help. I have private network and file sharing set on both computers. I see each computer when I look at the network map. But I cannot get anything but the public folders to show up. There must be something I am not doing. Any ideas? Thanks.

A:Folder/file sharing in LAN (home network)

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I have anti-virus that should not conflict, Windows Firewall which should not conflict, and am trying to share a folder that is not protected by my private user account in Windows XP, but my file sharing settings are grayed out and disabled.

I went into Folder Options and ensured that simple file sharing is enabled. Furthermore, we are both on the MS Home workgroup.

Can anybody advise how to get this up and running?


A:Setting up Folder Sharing

James Crosso said:


I have anti-virus that should not conflict, Windows Firewall which should not conflict, and am trying to share a folder that is not protected by my private user account in Windows XP, but my file sharing settings are grayed out and disabled.

I went into Folder Options and ensured that simple file sharing is enabled. Furthermore, we are both on the MS Home workgroup.

Can anybody advise how to get this up and running?

JamesClick to expand...

should not, but sometimes does. Have you tried it without both the firewall and antivirus to confirm that they are not causing the issue?

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This is probably quite simple but I will ask anyway.

I live in a shared house so I don't want all my folders shared willy nilly on the network.

I would however like to share folders between my laptop (windows 7) and my tablet (windows 10)

I have created a workgroup and joined both (I'm assuming this will mean that anyone not in the same workgroup won't be able to see anything) but I can't find a way to share a folder from laptop to "TABLET/USER" I can only pick local users.

Am I going about this totally wrong?

I'd like to share between just these two devices and make sure no one else can see my stuff


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Like, setting up the ability to share my music and all that over my home network? My PS3 sees my computers but says the computer isnt configured correctly, my 360 wont connect with windows media center, and I'm getting error messages with SendPKM on my DSi. I'm doing something horribly wrong.

A:Can someone walk me through setting up network sharing?


The first thing you should probably check out is whether all your devices are configured to appear under the same Windows workgroup for network sharing. To do this under Windows hold down the Windows key and then press the Pause/Break button to bring up the Windows System Properties window. Under your Windows 7 machine find the section entitled 'Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings' and click on 'Change settings'. Now click the 'Change...' button and define a workgroup name. This name may only contain letters, numbers, and a limited subset of special characters such as a hyphen (-) or an underscore (_). The name itself doesn't matter too much as long as this name matches on all devices that connect to the same network.

To carry out this same step for all other devices on your network such as your PS3 consult the respective user manuals for each device (or just wait for someone else to post telling you how to do it, whichever you find more convenient ).

Hope this helps.



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Hopefully this is not too complicated!!

We have 6 computers connnected together to a router that allows us to use a broadband connection and access a digital copier. None of the computers are able to communicate with each other. All are using Windows XP Pro.

I want to be able to add my laptop into the mix, and set up both my laptop and desktop to be able to share documents with each other.

In addition, at home, I have installed a wireless network router on our home computer, and have a wireless card to be able to access the web with my laptop in any other room of the house.

First question: How do I accomplish connecting my work desktop and laptop without granting access to other users in the office?

Second question: Will the home network setup interfere with what I want to do at work?

Thanks much!!

A:Help setting up computer sharing on network

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I currently have a wireless network setup using a Cisco E-1000 router which is working well.
I am trying to set up file sharing between my Dell 1520 Vista laptop and my Dell xps 9000 Windows 7 desktop.
I am somewhat confused if I have to use MS network setup wizards in Windows 7 or Vista
and how that will affect the wireless network I currently use. Will I need another password?
I have enabled file sharing in my public folders in my laptop and desktop.
I have read many internet pages which are complicated by the two different OS?s I am using
on the desktop and laptop, and if setting up a remote laptop will be needed.
Could someone please guide me on what further steps I must take to accomplish file sharing

A:Need help in setting up file sharing

You need to enable file sharing on both computers and join a workgroup which will allow you to share between the two. Make sure it's a workgroup and not a homegroup. For posterity's sake just join a workgroup on each computer that has the same name, i.e. myworkgroup. Once you've set up the workgroup it should be fairly straight foward. It wont effect your internet connection at all.

Here's a decent tutorial:
How To Share Files and Printers Between Windows 7 and Vista

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Hi! I have A problem setting up file sharing on my hone lan. I have 2 pc's in an office, and i a speedtouch ADSL 4 port router! The 2 pc's are connected to the speedtouch router. I have run the set up network option on the 2 pc's and assigned them both computer names and the same workgroup name (WORKGROUP). I can get one pc (JAY's PC) to display the shared files on the second pc (enzo)! But on "enzo" pc i cannot display the files shared on "jay's PC"! When i view workgroup pc's they are both listed on both pc's! But when i click on "jay's PC" it says that i dont not have permission and i should contact system administrator. I have mcafee internet suite fully updated on both pc's! I have also tried disabling the firewall on jays pc but i still cannot display the shared files on enz's pc. I have also pinged jays pc from enz's pc and i get a reply.



A:Setting Up File Sharing

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hi i need help my 2 laptops are vista both on same network im trying to make a public file sharing folder between the two so i can drag stuff over back and forth and so on, can anyone show me how please thanks wanting to also drag lots of music and stuff onto another laptop

A:help! setting up file sharing

Hi, try this link it worked for me. Any problems get back in touch.

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I set up an ad hoc wireless network between my pc and laptop a couple of days ago. The network works fine and the shared files can be accessed but i can't get the internet sharing to work. Both pc's are running on XP, i did have internet sharing working fine until i changed my broadband router and although I've set it up with the same settings as the old one when i click on internet explorer on my laptop it gives the usual page cannot be displayed error? I've read through lots of posts but still can't get it to work. The ip address on the laptop is and the ip of the pc is I read that these should be the same but if i manually change the ip on my laptop to the network connection fails so i'm not sure what else to do. Both are set to obtain ip automatically, the internet connection is set to be shared on the pc and firewalls are turned off.
Help would be greatly appreciated as my partner needs internet access to work on the laptop asap.


A:Help setting up internet sharing on ad hoc wireless network

Can anyone help? This should be pretty easy for some of you but i don't have much experience so i really need some help. Its really urgent for me to get this done asap.


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I am about to move into a small ranch house with 3 of my friends. 4 of my other friends live right next door (very close, very small houses). We are expecting to only need to use one wireless router. I have windows 7 however, the other 7 all have Macs. What is the easiest way to set up file sharing so that all 8 of us can have secure access to a hard-drive so that we may all access music, pictures, and files specifically stored to that drive only. We do not want to grant each other access to our internal drives, only a network drive. I would like this shared drive to be secure. I was thinking about using airport and attaching an external hard drive to it. Is this the best way? let me know some ideas. thanks in advance.

A:Setting Up Secure File Sharing

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I am not real savvy to a lot of computer terminology so please take that in consideration with your help.
I have a desktop PC with Windows 2000 hardwired to my HP PSC 2350 Printer and to my almost new Linksys G Broadband WRT 54G2 Router. I have a an HP laptop and a brand new IMAC that I have working fine with the wireless internet connection thru the router. I would like to set up the laptop and the IMAC to be able to file share and printer share thru my router. I was told to run the network share wizard on the Windows 2000 desktop and it would walk me thru it. I tried, but it starts off asking for the location of my network place. I have no idea what to put there but I would appreciate any help to get this working.

By the way, the HP laptop is running Windows XP.

A:Need Help Setting up FIle Sharing Thru Router

is that laptop running XP Home or XP Pro?

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I have two PC, PC1 and PC2, and they are connected for file sharing. When I access PC1 from PC2,I have been prompted for login id / pw to login in PC1 before accessing the file.
But if I access PC2 from PC1, no login is required.
How can I enable the security in PC1, so that login is required also!

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I've avoided setting up file sharing for eons, but finally need to do it. I am having trouble.

I have successfully defined the Homegroup on one PC and logged onto that Homegroup from another. Each PC says it is in the Homegroup but say "No other homegroup computers are currently available". Just to be sure I ran a netstat and see an IPv6 TCP connection between the PCs: port 3587 (p2pgroup) on one and port 62579 on the other.

Could this be a firewall problem? I'm running Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 on both PCs. It didn't block the p2pgroup connection, but just to be sure I opened up what Kaspersky calls the "Local Services" ports - both TCP and UDP on both PCs. That did not help.

Now the other PC - the one that created the group - went to sleep. I woke it back up, but I can not longer join the homegroup. The local PC seems to think I'm trying to create a group rather than join it whenever I enter the groups password. The popup says "A homegroup can only be created on a home network. To change your network location setting, open Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel."
Fine, but both PCs are in Home Network.

I'm likely to get frustrated soon.

Update: Rebooting cleared up the last problem I mentioned. I can now again log onto the homegroup, but it still says no other PCs are in it.

All this is to get access to just one file on an external drive. I may have better luck just setting up an FTP server on the PC rather than u... Read more

A:Problem setting up file sharing

See Homegroup - Add Computer or Join, especially the services required to be started

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What I want to do is set up file sharing on both of my laptops so that they can share files both ways between them. I have in total 6 computers on my home network, and would like to limit the access to both to just the ones I want. I got about halfway before I hit an issue. My Windows 7 Ultimate is sharing both of its drives to my XP Home laptop, while being password protected for access from the other computers on my network. My XP Home Laptop cannot be shared without all the computers on my network having access too......

Anyone have any ideas as to what I should do to solve this problem?

A:Need help setting up file sharing between 2 laptops!

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I have a netbook (home 64bit win10) and a PC (64bit pro win7) sharing the same wired hub. I want them to be entirely 'un-networked' so that no communication between them is possible. I have tried to turn off 'file and printer sharing' on my PC (because i assume i should) but when i reboot i find it turned back on. I've seen this problem addressed in this and other forums, but no solution that i could comprehend.

I also have a (VMP74) media player running off the hub and would like to access video files on my PC from that device, but only if that does not compromise access between netbook and PC.

I should add - in case it's not obvious - that i really don't have much of a clue what i'm doing and am very confused with the myriad options. Particularly the 'local' 'home or work' 'public' 'all' and media streaming options, whatever they are.

I'd be grateful if someone could explain and/or confirm what radio buttons to tick to achieve what i want to do. Many thanks

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I am trying to set up file sharing so that only my laptop has access to files on my desktop computer. With advanced file sharing you need to specify users who can have access to specific shared folders. By default its everyone, which is bad so I want to isolate the user x on the laptop (computer B) as the only one who has permission to access files on the desktop (computer A). I don't want to simply specify any administrator the ability to log in as is leaves things more open.

Problem is I don't know how to specify this particular user x on computer A since I am forced to choose from a list of users on computer A, but the user I am trying to give permission to is on computer B. I tried typing in the name of the user and computer in the 'add user' dialogue, but it wont accept this.

I am running a workgroup, not a domain

A:problem setting up XP advanced file sharing

try this;en-us;304040

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Hi Guys

I'm a newbie here at the forum but I am a long time user of IT and work in the IT industry.

I've been Googling frantically to find a solution for this but have found nothing.

I have 3 machines which I am using to interact with each other as a part of my ventures in web development.
1) Main Machine - Running Windows XP Media Center Edition. I have a network drive mapped to the website directory on my Web Server so I can load the files and work with them direct without having to copy/cut.
2) Web Server - Running Windows XP Professional SP2 connected via Wireless. It is used to host my website and uses Windows file sharing to share the website directory. I administer this PC using VNC from my other two computers.
3) Laptop - Running Windows XP Professional SP2. This has a mapped network drive to the shared Web Site directory on the Web Server configured to use offline files, so I can work with the files whilst not connected to the network, then synchronise when I reconnect to the network.

All this has been working great with the offline files on my laptop and having the mapped network drives on both computers to work with the files on my website whether at home or elsewhere.

However, I am someone who isn't easily satisfied with leaving things as they are and I like to test the limits on what may be possible.

The Problem
Whilst playing around the other day on my laptop at my Girlfriends house (connected to her wireless network, not my own... Read more

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I have right-clicked a folder, selected "Share With" then "Share".

I have right-clicked a folder, selected "Share With" then "Specific people" then added "Everyone".

My computer name shows up as a list item on the left panel but does not show up as an Icon in the Main Screen.

My other computers on the network do not show the Icon or the left panel entry.

What am I forgetting?

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Hi guys

Im trying to share the folder of one computer with another computer on a local network, however the second computer has had issues accessing the folder on the first computer.

"Share this folder on the network" has been clicked and "Allow network
users to change my files" has been clicked as well

I have tried to remedy the problem using the following approaches

- Re-setting the aforementioned folder settings
- Rebooting the first computer
- Rebooting the second computer
- Plugging the first computer's network connection into another port
on the network router
- Plugging the second computer's network connection into another port
on the network router

None of these have solved the issue at all

what could be the problem?

A:network folder sharing

What Operating Systems are on each computer? (eg Windows XP Pro or Home? Or Windows 7 or 8? Are you using Simple File Sharing?
Make sure each computer has a user name and password associated with it and you do not login without a password.
On the computer you want to share, find the computer name of the computer.
On the remote computer go to Start/Run (XP, Search in later versions) and type the computer name of the computer you are trying to access, (eg) \\ComputerName and press enter. If the file is shared on the other computer, it should show the computer with the shared file and/or printers. If you cannot access this computer, then turn Simple File Sharing Off.

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I am trying to share a folder over a home network. The problem is I can share it, but everyone on the network has access to it, which I dont want. So I attempted to set permissions for the users on the network that I want to have access to it, but XP cannot find the users, I can only find users on the local machine. All of the computers are on the same workgroup.

How can I set up this share so only certain users are able to access it?

A:Need help sharing folder over network

How to disable simplified sharing and set permissions on a shared folder in Windows XP

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i am trying to setup a home network : 1 desktop connected with ethernet cable to router/modem, and one laptop connected via wifi to same router/modem
both computers have access to the internet, and I have setup a shared folder on both computers.
the desktop pc can browse the laptop's shared folder, but the laptop can only see the desktop but gets denied access. I tried disabling both firewalls but it didn't fix the problem.

both computers are running windows xp pro sp2

any suggestions ?


A:folder sharing over network

i solved the problem, but i did several actions and can't figure out what did it

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Hello, I was wondering if anyone would like to try helping me with this problem. I hope I can explain it well enough to make any sense. I am not computer literate, so please bear with me.

I have a network with win XP pro on computer (1) and win 98SE on computer (2). Connected to an Ethernet Cable/DSL Router. The network has always worked great. No problems with printer or file sharing, but the last few days, even though I can open the shared folder, I cannot open the files or folders withing that shared folder on computer (1) No problems with computer (2) It gives me an error report to send to Microsoft, and then it shuts the Network down. (Please see attachment)

This is driving me crazy. I have no problem opening the shared folders from the other computer, and I can still share the printer with no problem.

Now, I can transfer the folder with files in it to "My Documents" from my Network, and opened it in there with no problem, I just cannot opened it in my Network shared folder.

I hope all this makes sense to someone. I am trying to explain it as well as I can.

Thank you in advance.


Also I tried running SFC but it won't open when I click "Ok". I am puzzled.


A:Problem with Network sharing folder

Anyone out there wants to give this a shot, please? Thanks!!

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Never mind I fixed it

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I have set up a network shared folder on my Win 7 machine and I can see it and copy files to it using windows explorer. I'm trying to use this folder as a sync or transfer folder for other computers on the network, only they cannot see/find the folder, even though they hook to the network and ping just fine. The network name is "OFFICE". I am pretty sure I have all the folder sharing permissions set correctly.

In the command prompt of the network machine, I type in \\\folder_name\ , but I get the message: "The system cannot find the path specified". Basically, I cannot find any of the network shared folders using the command prompt on the network machine. None of the other networked computers can see the folders either. The folder properties tab indicates that the shared path is: \\OFFICE\Droid Docs, but entering that into the command prompt does not work either.

Network Info:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

D:\Users\Dick>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Office
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : domain.actdsltmp

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . .... Read more

A:Network Folder Sharing Issues

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If I change the folder properties accessing a shared folder (say pictures) over my home network, will it alter the folder's properties on the drive on which it resides or just the folder on the machine I am using to access the folder?

I am accessing my pictures folder on my desktop from my laptop from the other side of my house. The pictures and videos folders are set to "general items", the customize tab of the properties on the folder is set to "general items" when I access it from the laptop. If I switch the pictures to "pictures" and videos to "videos" on the laptop, will it alter the folder in the desktop on which the folder resides?

Hope this is clear enough, Thanks for any help, I have a hard time with sharing and permissions.

A:Folder properties when sharing over network

If you are able to connect to the folder, either locally or over the network, and managed to change it, then it will or should be changed. I'm sure you are not referring to doing ith with different user profiles, right? Best way is to try it and find out

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Hi Guys, I've got a home network with 4 PCs on it using a Linksys E3000 router. All of the PCs run Windows 7.

On one of the PCs, I'd like to set it up so that a specific folder on the hard drive will be shared over the network and accessible (for full read/write) by the other PCs on the network whenever the main PC is turned on.

How would I go about configuring something like this? I have no idea how the networking functionality works.

A:Sharing a folder on a home network?

Hi 003, right click the folder you want to share, select properties>sharing, click 'Advanced Sharing', tick box 'Share this folder', click 'Permissions'. From here you can do as you want.

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Im having some problems sharing certain files to the network here on our office. The thing is when i try to share a folder it cant be spotted or viewed by anyone. I guess i dont share the folder properly. Its not only rightclicking on the folder and ticking in the share folder bars i presume? What else needs to be done?

A:Problems setting up folder on shared network

There's several variables the can come into play but let's just start here
1) Make sure all the computers are in the same workgroup
2) Make sure all the computers can "see" each other in "Windows Networking" (i.e. they are all "visible")

See this post
> Do step 1 to confirm each computer's workgroup
> Then jump to Testing Network Visibility

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on windows live messenger dus anybody know how to recover a file lost from a file sharing folder ????????

A:File Sharing Folder file recovery

From the help file:
"If your contact deletes a shared file, your local copy will be permanently deleted. However, if you delete a shared file, you can still recover it from the recycle bin. If you want to keep a file, copy it to a nonsharing folder."

So if you deleted it, it should be in the recycle bin as long as it hasn't been emptied. If the person who sent you the file deleted it, they should have it in their recycle bin.


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I have two XP machines that I would like to share folders/files with. How do I set this up?

A:Folder/FIle Sharing

Hi Baldie,

The easiest way is to right click the folder in question and scroll down to Sharing and Security, where you can share the folder.
If you have not set up a network between the two computers, you will need to run the Network Setup Wizard, and follow the prompts first.
Post back with how you get on.

Kind Regards,

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is it possible to share files/folders wirelessly via a router? one pc has xp, the other win98se.

What steps are required to achieve this with current setup or must i get more equipment?

A:file/folder sharing

I always just share a folder on one pc then go to the other one and Right-click My Computer icon and choose "Map Network Drive" and leave the drive letter to whatever and just type \\Computername\share folder

i believe both computer have to be in the same workgroup also.

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On my home network there are W8-A, W8-B and W7 machines. There is no problem networking among these machines except from W8-A to W7. The shared folders on the W7 are displayed on W8-A but if I attempt to click-open any one of them no ID/PW is asked for and the following message is displayed:

"You do not have permission to access . . . . . Contact your network administrator . . . "

W8-A <--> W8-B OK
W8-B <--> W7 OK
W8-A <-- W7 OK
W8-A --> W7 NG

W8-B and W7 are logged in by the same ID and password, but W8-A is logged in by a different ID and PW.
I can open any folder of the W7 from W8-A *if* W8-A is logged in by the same ID and PW as for W7/W8-B.

I wonder what could be wrong. Any idea?

A:File and folder sharing

Are you certain that the C:>Users folder on the W7 machine is shared? Also make sure that the time/date are set the same on all machines as this will cause access problems.

Setting up a Homegroup between these machines would most likely eliminate all file access problems without the requirement to use the same User name and password.

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Hi there. I've got quite a strange help request, and i'm not even sure that its possible, but here goes:

I want to set up (advanced) file and folder sharing between my laptop and my PC via a wireless connection. I say advanced, because I have already done it basically, with the "Shared Documents" folders on both computers. BUT, I also want to share the files in the "My Documents" folder on the PC as well. Sounds simple enough...but there's a problem. I want to be able to do this so only my laptop can access the files, and no-one else on the network, and also no-one else on the PC (there are 3 other users) can even see the files...

Some tech specs about the computers: Both are running XP home, and the PC is running Norton Internet Security 2006 (but this shouldn't be a problem)

A:File and Folder Sharing


It may only work for Windows XP PRO.

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Is it possible to share a folder on my PC with someone else on another PC who is at a different location so that they can access the contents via the internet as long as my PC is switched on?

If so is it safe to do this and how would I go about doing it?

A:File/folder Sharing

Hi Yorkie,I don't have that much experience in networking over the internet. But there are a couple of things you can explore. As long as you have good security on each pc and a safe service for the network you will be fine.FTP:The simplest option if you want to just share files. Just get some space and upload your folders.Pros: Access files anytime, anywhere even when your PCs are off.Cons: To modify a file you must download it, modify and upload it again.Search HereVNC:This is a remote PC to PC connection over the internet. You can see the other PCs desktop and work just like you were sitting at it. VNC services hereVPN:I have never use a VPN and I'm not to sure how they work, but its worth suggesting!One Service I have just remebered relevant to FTP is a great free service for internet file sharing they have added many new features since I last used it - so got check it out!Hope that helps!Tomo

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Does XP allow for a global setting of folders and files settings? IE: I wanted to change 1 time if possible, under "view, details". The SETTINGS tab to reflect throughout the system?

and again thanks

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I just copied all the contents of "my documents' from my XP machine to 'documents' on my Vista one.

I have a local network and can share other folders for which I've enabled sharing but not 'documents'.

I have enabled sharing on 'documents' (not the shortcut) and set permissions to 'everyone' and it looks like all is ok but I can't see the folder on my XP machine.

Any help would be appreciated.


A:sharing documents folder on local network

Hi, redmike, and welcome to the forums.

You might could try using the Public folders - that is what they are there for....

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I've read dozens of variations on this question, and dozens of solutions. I'm left with one problem I can't resolve and maybe someone can shed some light on it. I have a file folder on my desktop machine that I must be able to access for read/write from two laptops on my network. The desktop is Win 7 Home Premium. One Laptop is Win 7 Home Premium and the other is running Vista. I just recently switched the desktop from 32 bit to 64 bit Win 7 and prior to that the share had been working for years.

Since the switch, I can access the folder from my Win 7 laptop with no problems. On the Vista machine, I have two IDs (one for me, one for my wife) and I can access the desktop folder from my Vista ID with no problem. But, can't access it using my wife's ID. When I try to map the drive, the error message indicates the folder is not accessible and I might not have permission to access the folder.

I've set up a separate ID on the desktop and used that to access the folder from my ID. I try the same thing for my wife's ID (logging on with the separate ID), but that doesn't work. I've compared the network parameters at the Vista end for the two accounts and see no difference. On the laptop, the separate ID set up for the folder has permission to read/write. I'm at a loss as to what could be different. All ideas appreciated.

A:Sharing Win 7 folder with Vista user on network

Quote: Originally Posted by Solo

I've read dozens of variations on this question, and dozens of solutions. I'm left with one problem I can't resolve and maybe someone can shed some light on it. I have a file folder on my desktop machine that I must be able to access for read/write from two laptops on my network. The desktop is Win 7 Home Premium. One Laptop is Win 7 Home Premium and the other is running Vista. I just recently switched the desktop from 32 bit to 64 bit Win 7 and prior to that the share had been working for years.

Since the switch, I can access the folder from my Win 7 laptop with no problems. On the Vista machine, I have two IDs (one for me, one for my wife) and I can access the desktop folder from my Vista ID with no problem. But, can't access it using my wife's ID. When I try to map the drive, the error message indicates the folder is not accessible and I might not have permission to access the folder.

I've set up a separate ID on the desktop and used that to access the folder from my ID. I try the same thing for my wife's ID (logging on with the separate ID), but that doesn't work. I've compared the network parameters at the Vista end for the two accounts and see no difference. On the laptop, the separate ID set up for the folder has permission to read/write. I'm at a loss as to what could be different. All ideas appreciated.

The following link shows how to add read/write access for the Users folder, you wo... Read more

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I have 2 Ethernet cards on 2 computers and home network connection. Once Internet connection on second computer started to work extremely slow and I reinstalled Windows on main computer. Now Internet connection on second computer is fast, but when I try to give access to folders, it tells me that "An error occured while trying to share...The server service is not started..." From second computer I can see all files on the main computer, and I have good internet connection. So network is installed. Can anybody clarify me this issue?


P.S. Firewall is not installed, built-in firewall is not activated

A:Windows XP PRO network folder sharing problem

closing duplicate, view this thread

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In my desktop I have WinXP Pro sp2. I have 2 lan cards. Is it possible to enable files and folders sharing in one of them, and enabling it in another one.

Things I tried:

1. Using Norton 360. (Either both lancard's network gets blocked, or both gets enabled for file sharing. Now can't disable file sharing at all. I tried to restrict file and folder sharing to a particular IP domain, but no use. I used my laptop with a IP of outside range to access it and it could access the files.

2. Disabling Client for microsoft windows network in the advanced properties tab in one lan card, while keeping enabled that option in the other lan card. In this case, my laptop can't 'see' my desktop, and the desktop hangs up as I press view workgroup computer.

Can any one help please?

A:Solved: File and Folder sharing in XP

Well, disabling client for microsoft windows have done the trick. Now that connection is disabled from accessing my shared files. He he.

Boo to Norton 360. Norton Internet Security 2008 works fine for the block.

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I am part of a three computer workgroup. I've set some of my folders to be shared within the workgroup, and have set some to be viewed, but not changed. However, when I go to the other computers to check the sharing, those folders I've shared, but not given permission to change CAN be changed. I've gone online (MS forums) and checked to see what I'm doing wrong, but can't seem to get the permissions to work correctly. Any advice?

All three computers are Win XP, using Office Pro 2000.

A:File/folder sharing question...

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Hi Folks, first post etc etc

Now I realise this has been asked before but the situations in which it's been asked have never quite been the same, so I'm asking for this specific situation.... sorry if I'm beating an extremely dead horse here (which is entirely possible, I admit)

The situation:

I have a Win 7 Home desktop, connected via Ethernet cable to a wireless Modem/Router. I have a Win Vista Business laptop, which is connected wirelessly to the same router and is able to surf the 'net using that connection.

I am trying to transfer files from the desktop to the laptop; both computers are using the WORKGROUP workgroup name (i.e the default).

After sharing a folder on the desktop, it dutifully shows the folder in the Network section of Windows Explorer on the Vista machine. However, I cannot get into the folder. It provides me with a very unhelpful "Windows cannot access <folder name>" error message.

I have searched around for a solution and come across several people who have had similar, but not identical problems, and have tried the following fixes:

Changed the Win7 network from "Homegroup" to "Workgroup" (and back again)
Checked that the Vista machine has "Microsoft Sharing for networks" installed (it does)
Turned off "password protected sharing" on both machines
Added the group "Everyone" to the sharing/advanced sharing menu when you right click on the shared folder.

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A:Win 7 to Win Vista file/folder sharing

Have you tried adding the PC names to the firewall or even disabling the firewall on both machines ?

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OK, now that I have a nicely established reputation for asking really dumb questions, here goes another one. Before I ask, I do have one caveat: Lots of people have the same problem with Win 7.

1) I use Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

2) I have two computers on this network: one computer is named "AV"; the other computer is named "Materials".

3) There is no password protection on either computer. (You can't password protect a Windows computer anyway. I kno dat much!)

4) Each computer has multiple 1, 2 and 3 TB hard drives - Total approximately 20 TB all partitioned

5) I do not use "Libraries". I refuse to use "Libraries". I think "Libraries" are a malignant pustule.

6) I never had trouble setting up File and Folder sharing on Win 3.11, NT 4.0, or XP.

7) Even though I enable all "Permissions" on all files and folders, all I can do from one computer to another is see the files and folders on the other computer. I do not have access to them.

Can somebody kindly tell me what Magic Button I can push so I can share all my files and folders from each computer and move them from one computer to another.

Yes, I know it's a purely retarded question but I AM from Tennessee. So what do you expect? We're all a product of too much inbreeding, you know.

Btw, I now have "Readers Cramp" from going through all the many Tutorials on this wonderful site. Wow, so much info. Thanks.

A:Folder and File Sharing - Windows 7

verify that your share permissions are set to everyone, and NTFS is set accordingly for allowed access.

This is a great link on sharing and permissions.

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I have four computers on my home network, mine is running W7 Ultimate and I can access all folders on other computers just fine, #2 and #3 are running Vista Home Premium SP2 and #4 is running XP Pro SP3. None of the other computers can seem to access folders on #1. All four are on the same network, all of them have the file sharing turned on without password protection, network discovery is ON, everything is set up as it was before I upgraded to W7 (from Vista Home Premium). Can anyone help with this please?

My thought is that there's a service or something running on my W7 computer that's not allowing the others to access folders but I don't know which one and I don't want to start hacking the registry or turning off services and mess something up.

Any help would be much appreciated, thank you.


A:Trouble With File & Folder Sharing

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I have one PC with windows 7 and a laptop with windows8. I have made two folders marked for sharing in PC with windows7 and also turned off password protected sharing in that PC. In windows 8 laptop I could see the folders, but can not access it. Both machines are in same workgroup "WORKGROUP". What should I do to access folders in windows 7 PC with read/write permissions in my laptop?

A:File and folder sharing problem

If you want to share those folders without having to bring down the NTFS permissions on the User folder, you can use the Public folders instead, just right click to Properties at C:>Users>Public >sharing tab, then put a check mark to enable sharing, permissions tab>add read/write/full access as desired, click apply, ok etc.

This is a much more secure way to share because the other network users will only have access to the folders you place in the Public folders.

If you require access to the entire User folder on the other machine you can use the same steps for the User folder although it may require edit/add "Everyone" at the advanced Security Settings tab.

If you are running a third party A/V software it may cause problems unless configured correctly.

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I have a couple of questions about sharing files and folders in XP...

Firstly, is there any possible way I can set the permissions for users on the network????
When I go to Sharing and Security, permissions, add>>>why cant I change the location???its only the location of the computer I am at! cant i change to a networkd pc???

Cant I add a user on my other pc??so that only him can access this file over the network (and not anyone who connects to the network??!)

Anotehr thing....

Sometimes when I try connecting to the netwrok files...i get the Username and password...sometimes i enter anything (such as asdfg as username, asfajaslkj as password...and it works!!) (which, btw, i never understood why, and tried several times to make it always appear, to ask for username and pass, so that not anyone can connect to the network....) but recently, i added a $ to the end of the shared folder name so that it will be hidden...and now when i try to access it, i get the username and password, but nothing works!!!! i try entering the username and passwrod of the computer I am on, the one which i am connecting to, nothing!!

Anyone has a clue why>??? (is it possible that because i have the same username on both pcs???)
Is there a way to make it always appear like that?? (to enter hte username and password) so that only people with the username and passwrod can access the files??

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A:Some questions about File and Folder sharing in XP

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Hi All,

I need help in connecting my computer to another computer for folder share.

The network setup i have made is:

I use MTS Dongle to Connect to Internet from my desktop computer named as:Master-PC , where I do a Internet Connection Sharing to the lan adapter frommts modem It automatically gets a Ip address from the system as i have gave the Dns address of the MTS to the lan adapter .

Where the Ip address for ipv4 for lan adapter is

Default gateway is: in states it shows nothings) Dns isthe same as MTS Dns

Then i connected other end of the lan cable from the computer the CiscoLinksys router wrt120n as a internet source .where my router gets as ip as,if i check in the status page, I have a turned off the router firewall and gavethe MTS DNS as its DNS and default gateway is for the router andthe ip starts with and dhcp is enabled. Any computer thatconnects to router will get a ip as and so on. In router thestatus page the default gateway address is

In my computer i have created a work group called as KANNA, where othercomputer in my network which connects to my routes also has the workgroup namedas KANNA. I have created Local user accounts in the Master-pc and created localuser in the other computer with the same name and pwd (Kill2), from kill2computer I able able to connect to my computer shared folders but typing thefolder address in the run comm... Read more

A:Solved: File Folder Sharing

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I need some help configuring file history. I want to have it store files on a shared folder in a local hard rive but I want that folder to be inaccessible to other computers on my home network.

Now its fairly easy to set up a shared folder on a local drive and store file history there but the problem is that other computers can see all my files. I tweaked the sharing permissions on my folder so I removed the 'Everyone' user and put in my user name (which is an admin) and set the permissions to full control. Despite setting the permissions to only my user account, other computers are still able to open the shared file history folder and view and edit its contents.

I can't disable file sharing all together because then it would defeat the purpose of what I am trying to do and also I have another computer on my network store its files on my computer through file history. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

A:help setting up a shared folder for file history

Originally Posted by Mulpacha

I need some help configuring file history. I want to have it store files on a shared folder in a local hard rive but I want that folder to be inaccessible to other computers on my home network.

Now its fairly easy to set up a shared folder on a local drive and store file history there but the problem is that other computers can see all my files. I tweaked the sharing permissions on my folder so I removed the 'Everyone' user and put in my user name (which is an admin) and set the permissions to full control. Despite setting the permissions to only my user account, other computers are still able to open the shared file history folder and view and edit its contents.

I can't disable file sharing all together because then it would defeat the purpose of what I am trying to do and also I have another computer on my network store its files on my computer through file history. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

This can be done but you need to create a Homegroup for your personal machine and the machine you need to share with, leave the other Workgroup machines out of this Homegroup.

I have a couple of posts in the link which explains the process pretty well, it's very simple really, if you have any questions just ask.

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I'll first explain how i like to view my folders...

in a list format

well that was easy- but heres the problem...

for some reason at completely random times when i open up a random folder i am viewing it in the icon format and so on.

i'm using XP and yes, i have set the "apply view to all folders" option- many times in fact

any ideas?

A:Folder file viewing setting changes sporadically

#2 left side..."Increase folder view size to 8000"

To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.

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My office has a shared network folder with shared excel spreadsheets used by multiple persons at the same time. We have always had slow connectivity, but after moving the shared folder to another network server (in another city) we are having major issues, to name a few:
1-Read only pops up all the time and it takes 2.54 min to go through all the read-write boxes in order to bring up the spreadsheet
2-spinning circles constantly
3-access denied, contact administrator
4-file cannot be located
5-comments in cells not saving
6-Lost data and having to restore from server
I've been told even though we are all desktop and lines to a computer room, that we wifi over to another building, then to the city where the server is located....most bizarre stuff I've ever encountered.

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ok guys here is what I did I followed the direction from cnet's weekend project about how to share files/folders and printers thru a home network

the link can be found here
I have two computers a desktop and a laptop. I have comcast high-speed cable and i use linksys router to have wireless internet on my laptop. I want to share files and printers over the network. Both computers run XP.

I made a workgroup by going to control panel, network connections,"setup home or small office network" and followed the guidelines. My computer name is *** for my laptop and *** for my desktop. The workgroup name is ***. I did the setup for both computers.

I went to the default shared folder on my laptop and put some files in there to share and set it up so the hand icon displayed meaning that im sharing. I also did this w/ my printer connected to my laptop and desktop.

The problem is it doenst seem to work. When I go to control panel,add printer on my laptop it shows the workgroup name and the two subcatorgies which our the laptop computer name (***) and the desktop computer name ( ***) but shows no printers

if someone could help figure this out I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

A:Help w/ sharing files/folder and printer over home network

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On my desktop, I have my pictures folder mapped to an external harddrive. The pictures icon still shows under This PC, which is where I want it.

I have a new laptop, also with Windows 8.1, and I'm trying for the same setup. However, when I try to set it up I can only get the icon to show in the library and not under My PC. When I try to work it to show under My PC, I get a message saying the files need to be indexed. I have tried to index them but I haven't been able to. Network files don't show as an option for indexing.

Any ideas?

A:Problem sharing folder on network drive and indexing

Nevermind. It resolved itself after a reboot.

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I am trying to share a specific folder on my Windows 8 computer with my Windows 7 computer. They are both on the same network connected to the same router. The Windows 8 computer is connected through ethernet, while the Windows 7 computer is connected wirelessly.

Here are my settings on my Windows 8 Computer:

This is the error I get on my Windows 7 computer:
What's up with this? On a related note, is it possible to share this folder with a specific PC, rather than "Everyone" on the network?

A:Problems sharing specific folder on home network...

The issue may be related to the password protected sharing option that you have enabled on the Windows 8 machine. Can you please turn it off and possible try again.

Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

Also, can you try and access the share using it's IP address instead of the hostname to ensure that you are being directed to the right machine. For example:


Many Thanks,

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I'm John and I'm unable to share a folder on my PC with a specific person on a different PC on our home network. I can share the folder with Everyone, but Windows fails to find the specific user on our home network. We have 3 Win 10 PCs on our home network: MaryPC (user account is Mary), JohnPC (user account is John), and TheaterPC (user account is JM), and all are visible on File Explorer on all PCs. The Workgroup name is Golden. We do not use any log-in credentials to access any of these PCs; i.e. no usernames nor passwords are required nor do they exist.
I'm able to share my Music, Pictures, and Video folders with Everyone (with R/W permissions) in the Golden Workgroup. However, I am unable to share my Medical folder (for example) with Mary only. When I try to share this folder with a specific person (by trying to add Mary), Windows responds that it is unable to find user Mary. In trying to add Mary to the list of specific persons, I've tried numerous combinations of Mary and/or Golden/MaryPC/Users/Mary to no avail. This same problem exists on MaryPC and on the TheaterPC when trying to share a folder from those PCs to a specific person on another networked PC. Sharing a folder with Everyone works fine across the Workgroup, but sharing a folder with a specific person/user on the network is hitting a brick wall. Any solution ideas?

A:Folder Sharing Problem on Home (Workgroup) Network

It should be \\marypc\mary

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I rebooted after I installed some Windows Updates and ATI Catalyst 10.1. Now my neither shared folders nor my shared printer can be accessed over the network from other computers. No settings were changed, everything in the Network and Sharing Center was verified to be the way it should be. Permissions on the folders include "Everyone" with full write access.

Running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate (legitimate licensed copy)

I don't even know where to go from here. I've tried disabling the shared folders and resharing them. Changed settings in the network and sharing center to no avail. Suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated... I really don't want to reformat when I just did so less than a month ago...

A:Windows 7: File and Folder Sharing Issues

Try and see if uninstalling the updates, reverts things back to normal. This is just to test if the updates has anything to do with it.

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Hi all I'll try and keep this short. I have 3 computers, XBOX 360 and a Wii. Everything access the net just fine. The 2 desktop machines wireless XP SP 2 and hard wired Vista with a USB printer attatched to it. These 2 can see each other, exchange files and print just fine. They both can see the wireless laptop with XP SP 2 also but neither of them can access files on it!!. Here is the kicker....the laptop can see both the other computers and even access files from both!! So why can't the other 2 access the laptop? Also the XBOX can access both desktops but not the laptop but it too can see the laptop!!!! I been fooling with this for about 4 hours now and figured I better ask for help......HELP!!!!

A:Network file file and print sharing problem

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I'm sharing a folder on a Windows XP computer with 15,000 sub-folders/files over a small network. This folder used to be hosted in Windows Server 2003 machine. But after I made the switch to XP, accessing the shared folder over the network takes over 1 minute for the files to list.

Does anyone know what might be causing this slow performance? And is it related to the XP operating system?

Any tips and advice will be greatly appreciated.


A:Problem sharing folder with large number of files over network

if you are using sp2 or 3 i believe this problem could be caused by a tcp connection limit have a look at this

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Hi, is there a way to share files from only a single location on a home network? The "server" would be a Windows 7 machine. The others are 7 or 8. We don't want computers on the network to "see" any other computers, only the one w/shared files, and only that specific directory (they s/b able to add folders there).

We have a homegroup set up for printer sharing. Network discovery is currently off. Thank you.

A:Limit sharing to a single computer/folder on home network?

Quote: Originally Posted by pseudoware

Hi, is there a way to share files from only a single location on a home network? The "server" would be a Windows 7 machine. The others are 7 or 8. We don't want computers on the network to "see" any other computers, only the one w/shared files, and only that specific directory (they s/b able to add folders there).

We have a homegroup set up for printer sharing. Network discovery is currently off. Thank you.

Turning off Network discovery should prevent the other machines from seeing those machines on the network.

If you only want one file shared on one of the Homegroup machines then turn off Network discovery on all the other machines then for each folder you need to hide choose "Share With" then "Stop Sharing".

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I have 2 desktops with Windows 10. On my own desktop (AVP68) I am the only user (admin by default).

On the second desktop for family use (HP-P71443) I have 3 users including myself (admin by default). I created the user accounts under my sign on account and enabled sharing one way where I can have access to both user accounts for file sharing. All have access to Public folders.

However, when I view the network folder in the family/HP desktop, I only see myself (jayla) and one other user (prana). I don't see the third user (darsh). See 3 attachments from each user view for this desktop .

Even from on my own desktop (AVP68) in the network folder , I can see the HP desktop and myself("jayla") and "prana" only. See 1 attachment from own desktop user view.

I don't think I need to go under "darsh" user's account and tinker with settings which doesn't make sense as I did nothing under "prana" user account. Why is "darsh" user missing from the folder view under my admin account (jayla)? The other use account (prana) is visible.

Appreciate if anyone can help.


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I was able to do this in Win7 but can't figure out what to do in W10.
Problem is that I want File Explorer to start with the display at a particular folder. In my case that is D:\Tony\Pictures. And with the contents of that folder in the right-hand pane.
I should add that C: is the label for the SSD on this PC and data is stored in D:
At the moment, in the folders pane it shows five items: Quick Access, OneDrive, This PC, Network and Homegroup. If any of these are expanded then it will remain expanded but only down one level when re-opened. The default selected item of the five is always Quick Access and that is of little use to me.
Thanks in advance!

A:File explorer - setting a default opening screen to particular folder

Hi, this article, which you may have read, discusses this issue; although it may not achieve precisely what you want, it comes close.
From another point of view, you'll probably also be aware of programs that offer favourites list, common across a range of file managers and open/save boxes etc such as Listary.

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I'm sure this has been asked a bajillion times, but I can't make heads nor tails out of the information I've read so far on this subject. (One forum suggested using 2 routers and disabling DHCP one one of them and all this other stuff. That one really hurt my tired head)
I know minor bits and pieces of networking, so hear me out.

Wireless DSL modem (Broadcom ADSL Modem/Router all in one) hardwired to Vista32 bit machine.
XP Machine w/D-Link USB Wireless adapter. (Using the D-Link wireless connection software, not the Windows Wireless Network connection manager)
Nothing going on in Workgroups XP machine except that it used to be on a wired network so it has shared folders set up.
All I want to do is use the wireless connection and access the Vista machine from the XP machine so I can get my music off the Vista comp.
I can't figure out the Vista file sharing stuff in Network and Sharing center, too many options, too unsure of what they do.
Neither computer shows up in the other's network. How do I make them see each other?
The "Broadcom ADSL router" does show up under My Network Places on the XP machine, but that's as far as it goes.
In case it matters, in the wireless connection manager for the D-Link USB wireless adapter on the XP machine it shows Network Type:Infrastructure, not AdHoc.

A:Solved: A million times.... Network folder sharing over Wireless Vista &XP

Never mind, I'm just a moron. I figured it out in like .25 seconds.

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I have a total of 4 computers in my home and have them all on the same network. Here is the break down of my situations.

Computer A: Desktop computer running windows vista, wired connection to router, HOME workgroup. Can access all computers on the network.

Computer B: Desktop computer running windows xp, wired connection to router, HOME workgroup. Can access all computers on the network.

Computer C: Laptop computer running windows 7, wireless connection to router, HOME workgroup. Can access all computers on the network.

Computer D: Laptop computer running windows 7, wireless connection to router, HOME workgroup. Can ONLY access computer B and C....Computer A shows up but I get an error message while trying to access it....\\pca-pc is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The network address is invalid.

Now computer C & D are in the same workgroup because they are both windows 7, but while computer C can access computer A, Computer D can't???

I've made sure they are on the same workgroup. I opened command prompt and typed ipconfig all and they all have the same IP. I've changed Computer A's computer name. I'm at a loss and I don't know what to do.
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A:Windows 7 & Vista Wireless Networking File/Folder Sharing

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What would be the quickest way to transfer big files to another computer on a network? Need to know if just a copy and paste is quickest or if there is a file sharing program or like a network download accelorator or something. Thanks

A:Network File sharing

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I apologize if this is not allowed here and will understand if it gets removed. I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction to resolve this. I need this for work. I don't want to have to buy a laptop with Windows just to do this.
Thank you everyone.

I am running UbuntuGnome 15.10 on my laptop. I need to connect to file shares on a Windows 10 Desktop on the same network. This desktop has one user. The user has it set up so that when computer is powered on, it automatically logs into the user's account without a password. I need to access a folder that is shared on that machine. When I attempt to access it from laptop, I am prompted for a USER ID and PASSWORD for the WORKGROUP. If I enter the user's ID without Password, i cannot access the folder. I have tried different combinations but cannot get access. I want to automount this when I log into my laptop as I need access to work.

A:network file sharing

Seen this. Had to add a password to the user that had the share.

Maybe someone here knows whether there is an answer to the no-password dilemma.

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I just got a ibook G4 and am trying to share files with my PC that runs XP. I have tried using a cross-over Cat5. I have also tried using smb. Both have been unsuccesful. I have exhauseted the apple online help, and I am still not sure where to start.
If you could tell I am relativly new to macs, like a week.
Any help will be appreciated.

A:Mac OSX - XP network for file sharing

check this link here

if you cant ping the computers turn off any firewall

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Hi all

I work for tech support also (duh) and need some help with this:

On a company, a Functional Malibox (mailbox shared by lots of persons) has reached on the Exchange Server (3rd party managed) its maximum size. They cannot receive mails any longer.

Then I decided to create a single PST file from all the mails and store it on a network server.

Then I made 1 user to open that PST file from his OUTLOOK 2000 -> success, the file was oppened and can be read/modified

I went with a 2nd user and made exactly the same so he/she can use the file -> all ok, the 2nd user can open it and read/modify it

Then, surprise, the 1st user is no longer able to even open the PST file.
I checked for proper rights on the folder that stored the PST file -> all are ok, both users are included on the security section with almost FULL CONTROL.

The question is: Is it possible to have a PST file oppened from diferent locations on a network (in this case 2 users) at the same time? In other words, 2 persons can access/modify a PST file at the same time?

Thanks for your support, any help is welcome ! =)

A:Sharing a PST file over a network

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Hi, Am running 2 computers ( WIN 98 ) on both. Have them networked together. The old fashioned way with cable router. I am able to share the printer but am not familiar with file sharing. Years back I had Laplink and used it with direct cable. The program was nice and very useful but the price is a bit high today. Are there any cheaper programs that would do about the same thing working with a network? Or is there a link I can referr to that will guide me through the file sharing.

A:Network and file sharing

Check here

Sorry i can not help you cause i never used win98, if you ever change to XP i can help you.

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My problem:

I have two computers (both running XP Pro SP2), and I want to share a HDD (and some folders) on one of them, but so no one else on my network can view them. I disabled the XP firewall, took simple file sharing off, and set the permissions so that only I can access the drive.

When I go to open the drive from my main computer, I get the following screens:

(URLs have been broken up because this forum won't let me post them. )

http ://www.skiny.

I've entered the correct username and password for the computer

Once I enter the user info, I get this:


Does anyone know what I might be doing wrong? Even if I set the permissions so everyone can connect to it, it still gives the same error. If I use Simple File Sharing, it works fine.

I can also connect fine from that computer to my main computer.
Any idea what could be wrong?

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I'm trying to set up shared folders on an XP computer, to be viewed on a windows 7 computer.

My setup is this:

Windows 7 (ZombyGeek-PC) --------- Router --------- Windows XP (Desktop-PC)

Both computer's are under the same workgroup name: ZOMBYHORDE

I can access the "Public Folders" in windows 7 from windows xp, but I cannot access the "Shared Documents" folder in windows xp from windows 7.

When in windows 7, clicking "Desktop-PC" from the network window, i'm prompted for a user name and password. I've typed in the windows xp username and password AND the windows 7 user name and password, but both say "Login Failure: unknown user name or bad password." Which is not true.

I don't know what else to do. I've been searching Google all day.

A:Network file sharing between xp and 7

I think I have a similar problem, although it seems to be intermittent.

I also am prompted for "Network Password" ......whatever that is, but only "sometimes".

Often I can see my files on XP with no problem clue what I'm doing to cause the problem to come and go.

I can provide more details if that would help.

Oh, and I have never been able to turn on network discovery in Win 7 (home network by the way .....not work or public). I set it, but then it gets turned off after I save/exit and return.

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Hi! This is my first post here!

Anyhoo, I have a network established with my friend's computer, and I would like to share some files via that network. That part is easy enough, I just right-click on the folder and click properties and go to sharing and click share the folder (I don't have simple file sharing on). Actually it gets harder because I have to allow him through my security settings though. Unfortunately, the only "Location" I can add users for is my own computer (which is called "Upstairs"). Basically, when I go to the "Security" tab for the folder and click "Add" (have to have simple file sharing off), there's object types, location, and object names, right? My location is limited to my own computer, and there's nothing else in the box when I try to change it. That itself is really annoying, as I'd like to only allow his user on his computer, but I created a semi-fix by allowing NETWORK to have read & execute privileges. If you can help with that, that'd be great.

The main problem however, is that if I share folder, say, "visual studio 2005" (under "my documents"), which contains settings, projects, code snippets, etc. Now I've allowed sharing and security stuff for that folder, and when he connects to my computer vis the network, he'll be able to see "Visual studio 2005" in the window, and he'll be able to go through it into the subfolders. Now... Read more

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Hi, I'm connected to my friend via a network. I have been trying to share files with him, which was a problem in itself. I had to make them shared, and then enable him through the security. Unfortunately, I can only choose users on my computer to set security settings for, and I can't find a way to let him through from his computer, so I have to let anyone in the user group NETWORK through (which is very annoying, I'd much rather just allow his computer, but I can't find out how to). But if I share a folder, I don't want him able to access ALL of the subfolders, so I manually go to their security settings and disallow reading. However, he can still see the folders, he just can't open them. Next I tried just sharing the allowed folders individually, and not the parent folder. This makes them available in the main window when he connects to my computer however. I'd much prefer to keep the directory structure the same, and have some folders not exist when he connects, as if they aren't there at all. Is there any way to do this? I've attached a screenshot of me trying to add a user from a different computer (UPSTAIRS is my computer name, and it's the only location available)

EditL Sorry, I didn't realize my other thread topic had actually worked. I've had a problem on other forums where my threads don't post, and when I went to the forum and saw threads that all looked the same, but mine was missing, I thought it h... Read more

A:Network file sharing

I think a simple method of accomplishing what you want to do (share folders with your friend) is to simply hide the shared folders from all other workgroup users. This link explains how to do this. I've had good success doing this in a small business environment.

Good luck.

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I have 3 computer(mine,mum and bro) all running on window 7 and connected to the same workgroup.
i would like to make all d drive public.. however photo folder i wan access to mum and video folder access to bro.

A:need help on file sharing on a network

Setup Homegroup

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i've been having problems doing certain things on the internet since i had broadband installed, when i tried to enter network in control panel i was given the message "network disabled by system administrator" how do i enable this????

A:file sharing on network

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Hi there, I would like to know is it possible to connect pc's on different wireless network, I have wireless internet at my office and home, i would like to connect to my pc at the office remotely to access the files and sync it with my laptop
2) i would also like to connect to another pc remotely at a different location to allow file sharing and syncing of files to laptop

A:network and file sharing

First, make sure you're allowed to remotely access your work computer and install software on it.

For remote access, use LogMeIn.

For file syncing, use Dropbox.

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My parents have recently bought a new HP Touchsmart and I was finally glad they did so. Now I could free up space on my pc and also be able to play around with a new pc.
I got this bright idea that I would setup a personal network of sorts and would be able to freely transfer files from one pc to the other over the wireless network (instead of constantly moving around an External HDD) Thinking with vista that it would be somewhat easy to setup and use. Well surprise surprise that blew up in my face.
After wasting nearly 10hrs total of scouring every nook and cranny that is the internet I found many answers but no solution would work for me. I have two distinct problems atmo:
1. after sharing a folder on one pc I am unable to access it and I get the error of incorrect file path/denied access upon trying to diagnose the problem. On some files I am able to view 1 or 2 folders deeper but eventually ends up with the same problem.
2. When I am able to transfer files it gets as slow as 64 KB/s (Bytes not bits) when it should be at least 5MB/s since the wireless says it is capable of 50Mb/s
Solutions I've tried:
1. I have tried disabling the windows Firewall and also changed password protected file sharing to off. Also applying the user Everyone with full control of the files in question, ensuring both pc's are on the same workgroup.
2. I have disabled "Remote Differential Compression" to no change in speed. Though I noticed while transferring photos(6GB worth) the transfe... Read more

A:Network File Sharing Help

Try booting these machines to [safe mode + net] and testing from there. If it's still the same thing, get yourself a crossover ethernet cable and monitor the transfer speeds when the wireless infrastructure is bypassed (wireless is frequently Teh Suck).

If you report back with that info, it may be possible to suggest a more practical solution.

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I have a Local Area Network at home with my desktop and laptop hooked to it. I set the file sharing options to share my laptop files with my desktop and my desktop files with my laptop. From the desktop, I can access the files on the laptop, but when I try to access the desktop files from the laptop, it tells me that:

\\MikeSulek\My Documents is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of the server to find out if you have access permissions.

What am I doing wrong?

A:Network File Sharing

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Here is my problem. I have one computer (vista home premium) and one XP home. Both are connected to a wired linksys router, both can access the net. I can ping both computers with IP address and by name from both computers. I can see the xp on the vista computer but only in network map in full view. On the xp computer it can't see the vista computer at all. The only way I can get each computer to have access to each is if I disable my firewall which is a part of my security suite with CA, (CA security suite 2007). It takes awhile for the connections to be made to have access to each, about 5 to 10 minutes. Then I can move and seach files with no problem. I don't know it this had anything to do with it but my LAN name on vista was renamed to workgroup and the LAN on xp was the default (LAN). When it was set like this no matter what I did I couldn't gain access to either one even with disabling firewall. Now I have renamed the xp LAN to workgroup and like I sated before I can ping and disable firewall and gain access. I have to do this every time I want to file share or just look at what the xp comuter has been doing. Is there an easyer way for me to set this up so at startup of both computers they will automatically see one another and file share with each other. I am just tickled to death that I have gotten this far on my own, with no outside help and no proper training. Pleas any simple instructions or tips would be greatly apperiecated. Thanks.

A:network file sharing

Do you have file and printer sharing enabled in your firewall on both computers?

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I have 4 PCs on my network and all with Win 8 Pro installed. All have the same workgroup and are included in the same HomeGroup. Three of them have my user name and password for login and the fourth has another user and PW as login. Both users have Windows accounts (Hotmail) as their login accounts. One of the PCs I use as a server for all our data, pix, downloads, etc. The PCs with my login, including the server, can log onto the other PCs without using a PW, including the PC with the other user name. The PC with the other username cannot log onto any of the other 3 without a username & password. On that machine I can log onto the server by entering my username and PW when I try to access it, but can't use the username of that PC.

A:File sharing on network

I am assuming you want to share the contents of your user folders across the machines. If not, then modify what I say accordingly. I'd start by making sure password protected sharing is not enabled on any machine. Next, I would (1) be sure that all the checkbox items available in HomeGroup are shared on each computer (or modify accordingly) and (2) share any other folders you want to share by right clicking on the folder to be shared and selecting "Share with" HomeGroup (Note that you may not have to share the Users folder; it appears typically to be shared with "Everyone" default in Win8). At this point, I'd restart all the machines and see how everything is working. If things aren't satisfactory, then I'd examine the sharing/security settings for the machines that are working properly and set the setting on the machines that are not working satisfactorily analogously--and restart all the machines again. If you still have disliked peculiarities, then I'd live with them. Also, after the second restart, you might just use the machines for a while before spending more time trying to get things exactly as you want them. Things can change unexpectedly after a little time elapses. Oh, and make sure that your network is shown as a Private network on each computer.

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i have a Dlink 524 router connected to a desktop through a cable (windows xp) and i enabled simple sharing this pc has an administrator account only (guest not active)

and on the 2nd pc (laptop) i have windows xp connected through wireless i have also enabled simple file sharing but the problem is that i can see the other pc in the workgroup but i can't access the default share C$

When i try to do it \\pcname\C$ i have no authentification for the username & password , i only get the authentification of the guest account which is not active

A:network/file sharing

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I have a network at a local Food Pantry and we have just started to use a new Access 2007Database. We would like to be able to have more than on person use the database at the same time entering differnet clients. I put the database file in a shared folder (Linda's Shared doc's) and all 4 computers see the file fine. But if Linda has that file open no one else can open it?? But if I open it on the (Administration computer) first then Linda's computer will also open it??? WhY? Yet if I have the (administration computer) open the file first the (Front Desk 1) can't open it? it shows locked when we can't open it? Is there a setting or something I need to change?

Thank You,
Cathy Ann

A:Network OK file sharing is not

What are the Permisisons on that file? Everyone should at least have Modify.

What Operating Systems are involved?

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Is there anyone who could help me with this

I've bought an aver revo pc to use as a media centre and have installed xmbc in it

My problem is even though I have specified which files I want to share over the network I'm getting an error asking for a user name and password on the revo

It looks like my windows 7 pc has some sort of password on my files??

Is there any way to make sure I can share all my files with no restriction on them?

A:File sharing over network help

Go in Network and Sharing Center, on the top left, select 'Change Advanced Sharing settings'.
You will find a setting to turn off password protected sharing...

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hey all... as the title says.. i was wondering if it is possible to create a bat file to configure the network settings on the computers on my network so i can give each computer its own ip.. and how i would go about doing it... thanks

A:configure network setting from bat file

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Hi! So on my 2 month old laptop which ive never had any problems with, the other day i started it up to find when my sidebar started to load, i got a message saying

"Settings.ini is being used by another process. Close the other program and then click Retry, or click Cancel to exit Sidebar."

I've searched through various forums which delegated to edit the account controls or run as admin, neither of which have worked for me.

In addition to this, nearly every application i open tells me the file is corrupted, even programs i may have installed literally 2 seconds ago...i downloaded a registry cleaning software and it told me it was corrupted before i even opened it. It also say that C:\Users\Public\Desktop folder is corrupted which has caused some funky things on my desktop, like loss of icons, and various programs that i didnt think were related to not work properly.

Please, any help would be greatly appreciated, ive spent hours and hours trying to find a solution buried in the web out there, and have had no luck at all...

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Hello all, and thanks in advance for any help.

I have a wireless router, Netgear WGR614, and three computers networked together. All three computers are running Vista Home Premium. Two are laptops wireless and the other is a desktop wired to router.

Before, the desktop had XP on it, and three USB external drives hooked up to it. Everything was working fine, and one morning I could no longer access the external drives, so I tried everything I could find to fix it, and I ended up doing a system restore, which got it working again. Then it stopped the next day.

I decided to just install Vista, to get them all on the same OS, which should fix everything....I wish.

I have all the computers on the same work-group, all have discovery on, file sharing turned on, none are password protected.

My computers can see each other, I can see the shared folders, but when I try and access the shared files, I get a message that says "Windows cannot access \\Desktop\shared drive". I have set up the sharing where everyone can access or change the contents.

The weird part is that when I connect the laptop wired to the router, everything works. Just doesn't work wirelessly. I have checked the router settings, and did not see any wireless settings that I thought would affect anything.

I have turned the firewall off on all computers, same issue....can see computer and shared files, but cannot access them.

Any help would be appreciated... Philip Earle

A:Network and File Sharing Problem

Vista's default network configuration is to inhibit file sharing if the accounts have no passwords. Try creating passwords on the login accounts, then turn off password protected sharing, see if that helps.

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I have a question about file sharing...let me give you some background on our question.

We're located in Louisiana working on Katrina releif - based out of a campground, the only internet we have is wireless (not very good connection at that). There are two of us working together using one software package - we both have registered versions of the software on our laptops (we're using Simsol for adjusters if anyone is familiar with it) anyway, we'd both like to have access to the files rather than having to archive the files onto a cd or flash drive and unarchive on the other computer and then the pictures of each house that we've "scoped" for the day are on one computer or the other...

Does anyone have a fairly low cost solution? We are using XP Home and XP Prof. editions...

Any help would be greatly appreciaited....thanks

A:File sharing network or we'll take ideas

Get a USB link cable kit (about 9 Bucks) install the software on both and you got it !!!

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A few months ago, I bought an HP desktop model m8724f using vista home premium. I also have a laptop pavilion dv 6426us, also with vista home premium. Unfortunately, and in spite all my efforts using microsoft and HP help files, my laptop cannot see the folders and files in my public folder on the desktop. It looks as if I have all the correct sharing clicks on the network and sharing center (and elsewhere)all are checked "on" except password protected sharing is off, but the end result is the same, the laptop cannot see files in the public folder etc. The funny thing is that a few years ago, when I had a non HP desktop using XP prof, I WAS able to netork with my vista home premium laptop (thanks to YOUR tech help). Would greatly apprecate your valued help - thank you

A:file sharing on private network

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I'm attempting to set up a home network between my PC and Notebook (NB), both Windows XP Home Editions. Internet sharing is going well with my wireless router, but file sharing is a different story. When accessing "My Network Places" from the PC, I can see both the local PC shared folder and the NB shared folder. They're also both in my workgroup, and I can access each. Unfortunately, I have less success when accessing the network from my NB. In "My Network Places" I only see the local NB shared folder. Within the working group I am able to see both the local folder and the PC's shared folder. But when attempting to access the PC's folder I get " not accessible. You might not have permission..."

Both computers have the same IP scheme and subnet, can ping each other (by name and IP), have the same working group name, and the usernames and passwords on each mirror each other. XP firewall has been turned of, and my third-party firewall (zone alarm) has been removed/uninstalled. File sharing is enabled, and both sharedocs folders have been shared-out. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

A:File Sharing on Home Network


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Hello! I have a question about sharing files over a network. I am using Windows XP Media Center Edition. I would like to share a file with another computer on my network, but only allow a specific user of that computer to access the folder. I open the permissions for that folder and edit them. There is a section that says Location and has my computer name listed. I have tried to change that to a different computer, but no other show up. If I go into My Network Places and view workgroup computers the other PC shows up.

How can I get the other PCs on my network to show up in the locations section of the file permissions dialog box?
(Or is there another way to share this file with a network user that I'm not aware of?)

Thanks for the help!

A:Network File Sharing Permissions

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I want all computers on my network to share files and printers

3 computers: Windows Vista (32) laptop, Windows 7 (64) laptop, and Windows XP desktop.
There's a linksys router and a cable modem. All 3 computers connect to the internet. The vista is wifi, and the Windows 7 and the XP use the ethernet plug thing. That's all I understand.
Vista connects to a Brother printer, XP connects to a HP printer.

I somehow got the Windows 7 to be able to share files and use the printer on the Vista.
However, both the Windows 7 and the Vista cannot find the XP and its printer even though all three computers are part of the same workgroup. The funny thing is that the XP can find both the Windows 7 and the Vista under the workgroup name, but can only open Vista's public files and printer. XP can see the Windows 7 folder but when it tries to open it, a message pops up saying "You might not have permission to use this network resource..."
How do I
1) get XP to be able to see the Windows 7 public files, 2) Get Windows 7 to be able to use the printer connected to the XP, and 3) Get Vista able to use the printer connected to the XP?

Please help!

A:Network file and printer sharing?

heres a few links to sharing which may help

Share-files between windows7 and xp

Here&#8217;s how you can get your Windows 7 PC to share printers and files with XP and Vista PCs--and even a Mac

Share files between windows 7 and vista

PC Chuck's Windows XP And Vista On The LAN Together

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