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Problem sharing folder on network drive and indexing

Q: Problem sharing folder on network drive and indexing

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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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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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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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'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 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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I am running a desktop with XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 and a netbook with XP Home Edition Service Pack 3. I am having trouble sharing the desktop's CD drive over my wireless network. I think everything is basically set up right, i.e. both are in the same Workgroup, I am using the same username/password on both machines, etc. I am able to share other files successfully, just not the CD drive. The drive appears in the Network Places of the netbook, but when I click it I get the following message:

"\\Jessica\E 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.

Access is denied."

I feel like I have tried everything. Some steps I have taken, to no avail:

-setting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa -> restrictanonymous to 0
-setting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon -> AllocateCDRoms and AllocateFloppies to 0
-enabling NetBIOS over TCP/IP
-creating a Guest account and setting Guest permissions to allow access

Any thoughts? Thanks!!

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How to index files from network drive to Libraries (ex. Music, Photos, Etc.)?
Thank you.

A:Indexing network drive files

There are a few ways to do this. I'm guessing you mean add a network drive location to a library.

Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

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Hi everyone
hoping someone can help me with this using windows 7 pro 64bit and need windows to index files on a local NAS for quick search i have tried unc add in but the one Microsoft has will work on 32bit but not 64 the only other option i have seen is enabling offline which isn't very practical spent about 8 hours on the phone to Microsoft trying to get them to help me if any one has any info on this i would be extremely grateful.

A:Indexing Mapped network drive

you could check out this link it has quiet a lot of links and information about what you are trying to
achieve never had the nead for this so not to sure on the answer but I will look in to it for you I am at the CAB today so I will ask the main man how it is done.
Kind Regards

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I've recently upgraded my computer and windows 7 to 64-bit and I just noticed that I can't search my documents on my network drive.  I've read the various posts about this on the net and the solution is either to live without it or turn on offline files.  I turned on offline files and told windows to rebuild the index and waited for it to complete and it's still not working.  I see in the indexing options control panel applet that "offline files" is in the "included locations" column.  Any ideas?

A:indexing mapped network drive w/ offline files not working

If you go to Control Panel>Indexing options, click on the Advanced button. There should be tabs for Index Settings, File Types and Add UNC Location. Add the path to the mapped network drive. Note: Some versions of Windows 7 don't seem to have this tab, for some reason.

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Hi guys. I recently cloned my HDD to an SSD.  Now when I try to search, the computer finds nothing because nothing is indexed. When I try to index the files, the "modify" button is greyed out, so I can't add files. Any help would be very appreciated. Thanks!

A:Indexing problem on cloned drive

Check THIS PAGE  is windows search function CHECKED or unchecked?

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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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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 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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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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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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Never mind I fixed it

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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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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 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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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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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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To start, I had done some damage to my laptop screen, and now I have to plug it into my desktop monitor. However, I screwed up big time when, while I couldn't see anything on either screen, I shut down the computer during a windows update. Ergo, my hard drive became corrupted.

But I thought I had everything under control; I managed to snag my files back with bootable Linux, hit the drive with DBAN, reformatted it with GParted, and reinstalled Windows 7. The system was running smoothly, and I just had to get my drivers back. However, once I began downloading drivers and installing them, the computer's pace just went to hell. It was somewhat minor at first, but within only a couple days it got worse and worse, functions took longer and longer, and now I'm very lucky if I can even log on. It seems like the computer has no idea where to find the right files.

I feel like I got way too ahead of myself and missed a step during the hard drive renewal process. I did not install a driver for the hard drive, but everywhere I looked, I saw that the motherboard controlled the hard drive, but I can't find anything on the Asus website that even remotely resembles the right driver.

I thought I had it all worked out, but clearly, I don't. Does anyone know what I could've done wrong? I'd post more information about my computer, but I'm not sure what might be needed here.

A:Potential (indexing?) problem with Asus laptop hard drive

What is the laptops make and model? Where are you getting the video driver from?

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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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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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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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I have re-phrased my question from previous post

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit Japanese version.


As usual I connected my external drive and there are many Folders and File for quick work, in the search filed I typed the file extension of PSD (for Adobe image file) and it started opening PSD files in thousands(I had completely forgotten there are many). Any way by click right then from Property I found the Folder path and then opened the Folder I was looking for.

BUT.... during that process Windows asked me do I want to add in Index(hope my English is correct) I clicked Ok. After that I closed the folder exit window and tried to safely remove the external drive by clicking the Icon in the Task tray but it showed some program is using I must close that. However non of the window was opened even I checked through Windows Processor. I thought may be drive would be indexing and left it for some time but afterward when again I tried to remove safely the drive it showed it is being used. The drive's red light kept blinking while green stays. I did not want to remove by force but I was also afraid that if I keep drive open I might loose my data therefore, I turned off computer and disconnected the drive. But later when I connected again the red light started blinking.

My question is, The drive red light is blinking because there are so many files and it might be indexing? I can't think of drive got any problem because it was working fine, no sig... Read more

A:Windows Indexing on External drive got problem (re-phrased previous question)

Hello Ari,

Since it's an external drive, I would recommend to use Option Two in the tutorial below to turn off the index for it. Afterwards, see if you are able to safely remove it.

Index - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,

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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, 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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Well, basically I've been reading around the forums about hooking up vista/xp together for filesharing over the network. So far Ive failed miserably. I've went over all the settings that I know in XP and had to look up the others that I didn't know, including ALL vista settings. I'm just wondering if someone has a link to a site that goes over all the vista/xp settings or if someone is willing to type it all out...

note: did what like 10 different sites on google said to... no avail.
Trying to transfer the WoW folder (19.5GB, can't redownload all of that, would take like 15 years on 160KB down) from my wired XP desktop to my wireless Vista laptop.

All firewalls OFF, ports are wide open, file sharing enabled on each... there's a lot more. I'm sure I'm missing a setting somewhere, but I can't find it.

So epically confused.

A:Folder/Drive sharing between XP and Vista

Start with the basics. What are the IP addresses of each machine and can you ping each other?
Try pinging using the IP address and then try pining using the machine name
If you can ping each other try the mapping the network drive though the net use command computer name of the pc with the shared folder i.e. net use \\computer\sharefolder X:
If prompted for a user name and password there is a permissions issue. Set the permissions on the shared folder to everyone and full access. I would do this on the XP machine.

Also check the hosts file for bad entries, something may be blocked

If all you want to do is transfer a file or folder there is always the sneakernet method. But I understand the desire to make it work. So try the above and reply back and we'll take it from there.

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Hi all

I'm currently working on a research project for university. we will soon begin working with a deep learnimg package to determine if we can teach it to analyze a photograph.

As this is a group assignment other members of the group assignment and we do not have one computer we can all access simultaneously im wondering if there is any way i could share a folder on my desktop PC (running windows 8.1) and allow them to have remote access to that one folder from their own PC's (without using remote desktop to give them access to my entire computer, which is something i definitely do not want)
anyone know if this is possible?

A:sharing a folder\drive remotely

Suggest using Owncloud and log in remotely to the cloud share. Your other options are Google Drive, if school is using Office 365, then you should also have a file share space. The last option is

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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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So i'm having an issue connecting my desktop to my home network for file sharing. My Desktop is connected to the internet like so: Desktop ->(Ethernet cable)-> Uverse 2wire router -> Internet.

I have no issues with my internet connection, and in fact I am posting this from my desktop now. Windows Network Diagnostics finds no issues when I run the trouble shooter. and when I try to connect to a home group it refers me to the network issue.

This issue has plagued me for about 6 months now. I have talked to Uverse tech support, and many of my friends who are into computers and have gotten no answers. Computer is running windows 7 SP1 and again the router is the Uverse 2wire router

How can I make my desktop available for network sharing?

Also here is a screenshot of the network map according to this computer

A:Network Sharing Problem. Connecting Desktop to home network

Have you set up a home network? What is the workgroup name? Are there any passwords of any kind? Have you set your shared settings on each PC in the workgroup?

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Me again! Problems with getting into shared folders on my Win 7 pc

Have managed to set up sharing between two pcs, one Win 7 other XP.

Win 7 can see and access all the folders (and now the printer too thanks to your help) on the XP pc - great!

However although the XP pc can see the networked Win 7 folders, when I open the default folder (which incidentally is greyed out) all the sub folders show as empty. Any ideas please?

Also does anyone know if I can network a Canon LiDE 90 scanner which is currently wired to XP pc to my Win 7?

Many thanks

A:Folder Sharing Problem XP/7

I can only hope that you set up a workgroup and not a Homegroup for sharing because Homegroups are only made for Windows 7 machines.

I'm not sure what you mean by the default folder?

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I am running Win XP Pro SP2. Was running simple file sharing for months without problem.
My laptop and desktop and my cousin's desktop are linked by a router. Normally i just share a folder, for example "Data" in my laptop then from my desktop, I just need to type // and i can see the Data folder.

However, since yesterday, when i do that, I get prompted that

\\ is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator to find out if you have acess permissions.

However, when I type \\\Data, I can access it and see the content of the folder.

The same is happening when I try to access my Desktop from my laptop. The weirdest thing is my laptop and desktop can access my cousin's desktop without any problem, just type in the IP and I can see the share folders.

I tried searching the net, but no suck problem has been reported. Please advice.

A:Folder Sharing Problem

I am having the same problem. Did you ever resolve this?

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I am using WS2003 and having problems with shared folders in my small office network.

I have no problems sharing folders with the server in which I installed WS2003 while connected to the office network (through a wired internet router).

I have problems with servers in which WS2003 was installed at home ( no other computers on the LAN and only connected to an internet router).

I can share the printers and fax service on the home installed systems , but not folders. The folder share and security parameters are the same as the server that works.

I greatly appreciate any help. Thanks.

A:Folder sharing problem

Please don't post duplicate threads. If your thread is in an inappropriate forum, please report it and a moderator will move it.

Continue the problem resolution here:

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My laptop window is window vista. I had turn all the sharing option without need to insert any password, but i just can see the sharing folder but cannot acess in the folder to see the files inside the folder. I connect my laptop with my friend's laptop with window xp via router. Some more the workgroup name of mine and my friend is the same....So, please let me know where i am gone wrong...Thank a lot.

A:Please help me about sharing folder problem.Thank

I'm not trying to be rude or anything but I can't begin to figure out what you just wrote =/

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error"No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept"

i have 6 user working together in a project in one of the system the project data is stored and it is shared it is accessed by the rest of the user instally from last 2 weeks they are not able to access the user in which the data is stored he has to restart his system then only all other user's can again be able to access the data

plz help me to find a solution for this the systems are on windows xp sp3 and windows vista sp1

thank u

A:folder sharing problem

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I'm trying to access a folder on my comp which is registered to another user. Both accounts are marked as being "computer administrator". Now the problem is....that I can't retreive files from the other users my documents folder. When I try and access that folder in Microsoft Outlook 2003....I get a message from Microsoft Word saying The folder 'C:\Documents and Settings\******\My Documents' isn't accessible. The folder may be located in an unavailable location, protected with a password, or the filename contains a / or \. Now as far as I know, it's not in an unavailable location and it isn't password protected and I know it doesn't contain any /'s or \'s. Any ideas on what the problem might be? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You

A:Folder sharing problem! Please help!

When I had this problem it was because I disabled some windows services that were necesary to share files over a network. Try enabling services until it works... That's my tip.

Unless neither computer have had their services changed?

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I recently performed a clean install of Vista on my laptop. Before doing this I copied my music folder with around 13,000+ files in it to another computer and then copied it back to my laptop after the install. Before whenever I would open the folder it always displayed the files sorted by Date. I've managed to get it to do this one time since the install. Now it will not display the date of each file at all. I'm running Google Desktop Index and hoping that this will help.

Any suggestions or know why this is happening?

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Hi Everyone,

I have a simple request: to be able to exclude a folder (completely) from windows 7 indexing. That means, when I type something in the start menu, I don't even want file names to come up. It seems as far as I can get is having file content not be indexed, but file properties, including file names, are always indexed. I'd like to not have to disable indexing all together because it's very useful, but doesn't seem like it should be impossible to totally exclude a folder.

I'm a teacher, and I have lots of students work on my computer that they submit electronically, but I teach many technical tutorials with a projector, and it seems not good form to have students work show up when I have to search for projects to show for examples.

Most of all, it seems like this should not be too much to ask. Surely there is some registry work around now? any thoughts?

I'm using Windows 7 x64.

Thanks everyone!


A:Exclude Folder from Indexing

Hello Ted, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can use step 5 in the tutorial below to help show you how to remove a folder from the index locations.

Index Locations - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,

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Hi everybody,
I have a drive on my main PC (D:\) which contains all my videos and music. I would like to be able to share this drive with my laptop so I can watch movies on my laptop without messing around with USB drives, but I can't find a clear guide anywhere. Can anybody point me in the right direction?

A:Sharing a drive over a network

\\computername\d$ would be the share name, but this is for administrative purposes.

Is your Media organised into folders?
It would be better and more secure to share the folders you need access to rather than the entire drive.

To browse a share by UNC path you could type the UNC Path into your address bar of any explorer window, e.g. \\computername\sharename

If you want to see a list of the folders the remote computer is sharing just browse to \\computername

If you wish to map a network drive to the share Right Click the Computer icon and from the menu select Map Network Drive
In the window that pops up, select an available drive letter and then type in the UNC path of the share you wish to connect to.

Hope that helps

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I have not been able to share the C: Drive across the network on the Win 7 PC, but I use to able to. The C: Drive has the same permission rights as the D: Drive I can share across the network.

Can anyone point me in the right direction.

A:sharing drive across network

What group/accounts have you got in the Permission tab? Everyone, and the accountname you log on to the machine with?

On the other machine, type \\ipaddress in Start > search box and see how you do.

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I am trying to share the cd drive on my desktop over my wireless network so I can install sotfware on my laptop that does not have a cd drive. I have tried going to the properties of the cd drive, and enabling sharing there, with no luck. I have also tried mapping a network drive on the laptop, by inputing the address shown for the cd drive on the desktop, which is \\Desktop\e, but it fails to find the drive. If I try to browse for an address to map a network drive, the laptop does not find my desktop or the cd drive. For that mater, when I go to Network places on either computer, neither of the computers see each other. My desktop is running Windows Vista, and the laptop XP, which may be what is causing the problem.

And by the way, I have tried using google to find a method

Anyway, thanks in advance for any help.

A:Sharing CD drive over network

Do you have a workgroup setup? That's probably what you're missing.
Once you do that, the computers should be able to see each other, by default, when you click on the other pc's drive, you will only see the basic properties dialogue. If you set cd drive to share already, it will be accessible.
Let me know how you do

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Trying to share the drive with my other laptop on my network. I can go all the way into the share file after right clicking the drive and share but the box pops and I'm not able to click the share in that box. Help ?!?

A:Sharing dvd drive on network

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I got a small network setup at my home. I am using Windows XP Pro

I want to share one complete drive except some of the folders present in tht drive, is there any way to do it??


It would be better if I can share the complete drive and when someone need to access those particular folders, it asks them for a password (probably my a/c password or wateva tht is known to me only)

Any solutions!!!

A:Sharing a drive on a network

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I'm trying to share an external USB hard drive on our home wireless network, but I want only certain people on the network to be able to use the hard drive (ideally, only two users to even see it, if possible)

My desktop computer on my wireless network has Windows 7 professional, and the computer which the external USB hard drive is connected to has Windows XP professional. We're connected via wireless router

I'm following this guide here

Windows XP: The Complete Reference: Sharing Drives and Printers on a LAN

The external hard drive is an NTFS hard drive, and under the security tab under the hard drive's properties I have

1. Creator Owner
2. Everyone
3. System

Under properties if I right click the hard drive, under the security tab, if I click the advanced button and the owner tab, it shows me the name of my computer, which is exactly the same as what it says it is under my router settings. The two computers I want to share the hard drive with are, under my router settings

1. sean-929d03249c- the laptop and
2. Sean-PC-Desktop

with two different IP addresses. But, it doesn't appear there's anywhere in windows that will let me specify which other computers I want to share it with. I don't want my desktop to be the owner, just be able to use the hard drive and see it in windows, just as if I had it connected to that computer.

A:Sharing a drive on a network help

Right click the HDD/Properties/Security/Edit/Add the users you want to be able to share this drive with. If you want them to edit the files, choose Full control or Modify. Add the users you do not want to access this drive and choose Deny Full Control. they will see the drive but not be able to access it.

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Every time I turn the computer on, I can see the shared folders that are my two other computers. The problem is, when I close the lid of the laptop and reopen it, I can no longer see the shared folders. Even if I hit refresh multiple times, the folders don't appear until I restart. It is really annoying and frustrating. Please help!!

A:Windows 7 - folder sharing problem

After Standby or Hibernation, you've lost the connection(s) to the other shares

If you have two systems with one share each, then use the command prompt or RUN to access:\\system#1\sharename#1

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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:[SOLVED] Win XP Pro folder sharing problem

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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 2 PCs and one laptop. PC1 runs XP, PC2 is a new Vista Machine and Laptop is new Vista machine.

They all talk on a wireless network connected through a netgear wireless modem router. They all see and access the internet just fine.

My problem is sharing the User folders C:\user\myname on both laptop and Vista PC machines. I can see all the public folders just fine but not the user folders regardless of what I do. They are shared, have the icon and can see them from the other computer but it says "C:\user\myname 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" when selected

I have gone through all the permissions and talked through it with the smart dudes at the computer shop. They, and I, am stumped.

Accessing the XP machine from both the Vista Machines is fine.

A:Vista Sharing Folder Problem

Hi bomma, this article might explain it

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I'm wondering how to search within a folder for files that have names and/or contents that match some desired text - like the old XP search assistant did. That was such a useful tool, I can't believe MS did away with it!

- I'd like to search within a given folder hierarchy - i.e. including subfolders
- I don't want to search my entire computer, e.g. by using the search on the Start button. There may be dozens or hundreds of files around the computer that match what I want - I want to search only within the folder I specify

I did try this:
1. Turned off indexing within the given folder, by going to Organize -> Folder and search options -> Search tab
2. Changed the "What to search" setting to "Always search file names and contents"
3. Put some text in the search box in the upper right of the explorer window

and nada - it didn't find files that were right there in front of me.

Why doesn't that work? Am I missing something?

I've googled for various solutions, and can't seem to come up with anything that works. Mainly it's suggested to use indexing, but also to search across my whole computer - I don't want to search across my whole computer though! But when I try to search within a given directory it doesn't seem to work.

If no one knows of a solution within Windows 7 OS - might anyone know of an add-on tool that's been developed for such a purpose? If there isn't one I might just create one myself, painful as ... Read more

A:How to search within a folder (preferably without using indexing)?

Open File Explorer, type content:searchterm to Search field. This would find all files containing the word searchterm.

Tutorials:Search in Windows 7
Windows Search - Configure and Use
Search - Have More Accurate Search Results
Search - Find More with Filters and Operators

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My download folder is being indexed when i open it. It is on drive E: not C: so i dont think its the windows indexing i think it might be a seperate switch somewhere as my other folders on E are not indexed. Its just a huge page to wait for this thing to get done indexing every time i open it.

How do i turn this off for this folder. Thanks.

A:How do i turn off search indexing on one folder only

Hello Durango,

You could remove the folder location from your index to no longer have it indexed.

Index Locations - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,

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Ok, i really need help fast!. My friends computers need to be reformatted, but i have to back up 30GIGs of info onto my hard drive, so i hooked his computer onto my network. I know the connction is good cause he gets internet now. My two computers at home have windows xp PRO and i have unchecked "use simple file sharing' on both so that i can access each computer's C drive entirely from the other computer (with full access).

Ok, so I try to map my friends C drive as a network drive, I can get it to connect with \\workgroup\Owner\c$ (where Owner is the username). The problem is when the password box pops up, it has the username as \\workgroup\\Guest, even though guest account is turned off (and when i turn it on this doesnt work at all). I can't even get int o guest, what I need is the files on the OWNER account. I think this may be because I cant turn off SIMPLE FILE SHARING on my friends computer. he has WIN XP HOME. I looked in tools, folder options, but this option is not there for some reason. Lol did dell take it out somehow or something??

So now I look at my workgroups computer on MSHOME, and I do see his computer. I go to his computer, right click C drive, go to sharing, and share his entire C drive. Ok so now i double click on his computer in workgroup computers, VOILA I SEE HIS C DRIVE. So i go in, go to documents and settings, go to "owner", and i get an error saying i do not have permission to access this resource.
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A:sharing C drive of one computer on the network

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Hi Guys,
I shared a drive on my home network. It works fine, but now I want to rename it. When I go to the sharing tab and try to rename it, it won't let me. I tried in "My Computer" and "Explorer" (anywhere I could access the drive). It looks like I can change it in "Network Places", but not sure if I should. I can check the box "allow other users to change my files".

Thanks, Brian

A:Solved: Sharing Drive on Network

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I have a simple problem with my network that's proving very difficult to solve.

I want to add a 320 GB hard drive and a 500 GB hard drive to my network. They are both USB (normal enclosures, nothing fancy) and both work great when they are plugged directly into my PC.

When they are shared on my network (hand holding the folder, folder showing up in My Network Places) and I try to access them, it gives me an error "Not enough server storage to process this command". The two popular solutions to this problem are A) increase the IRP stack size by 3 and keep going until it works and B) decrease the Paged Poolsize to 0. On both my machines, the IRP stack size is maximum (50) and the Poolsize is 0.

However, it is still not working for me, same error on both drives.

My PC's are both running XP Home over a Linksys WRT54GL router. Every other shared folder works like great. I just cannot get these hard drives to share.

I have never installed Norton (usually what causes the settings to be changed). I am running AVG Free on both computers for anti-virus and Zone Alarm for a firewall (both set to trusted zone on medium, which allows sharing.)

The desktop which my hard drives are connected to is connected via Ethernet, and the laptop which I'm trying to access the drives is connected via wirless G.

If you need any more info, I'll be happy to provide.

Thank you for your time.

A:Sharing a hard drive on my network

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Heya guys,

i was wondering if you can share a DVD drive over your home network so that you can burn files from my laptop to my desktop.

i have 2 windows XP Machines and they both are connected to the network. i have been able to share the Drive and watch movies and all on the drive but not being able to use Nero or any other burning utility to see the drive and allow me to burn to it. and i don't really want to be creating .iso files all of the time

can you please help me!!!

Thanks and greatly appreciated


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Most grateful for any help on this please.

I am having problems with Windows searching and am unable to find a lot of my pictures despite them definitely being there. I have followed on line suggestions and I've reached the Indexing Locations screen via control panel. On the indexed loactions screen (see screenshot) it is very obvious that the Pictures folder is not present under my folder structure. All other methods of accessing my folder structure show the pictures folder. I am assuming that this may be the cause of my search problems. How do I get the pictures folder to show so that I can reindex .

A:Indexing Options Pictures folder missing

I have found the problem. My pictures folder had moved into saved games. Next problem is why do I get that silly can't move because already open. One step forward etc

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Hi everyone! First post, let's go!

I am trying to find a solution to transferring large files (100+GB) between myself and a client of mine at a different location through the internet. The easiest one I have found was through a Private Network through Logmein's Hamachi, as you can browse other connected computers' files through this network.

Of course, to show the shared drives by the host computer, you need to input a username and password through the UAC. Obviously, if I insert my own username and password, I can see the folders I've shared. However, how do I configure a username/password for my client? Are these users the same as local users? I would like to avoid having to make a local user for him on my own computer.

Just for reference, I have no control over my network I am connected to, so no FTP, no port forwarding etc.
OS: Windows 8.1

Thanks for any help in advance!

A:Sharing drive over network to non-local users

In the access settings allow Read access by Everyone

You can make a password for the Guest account according to this article:
How To Set A Password For The Guest Account

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Hey guys I am having a problem I have a Droid cell phone by Verizon and installed this app which connected remotely via my wireless LAN:
I can connect and even copy files from the folder inside the app (read) but I cannot write files to the folder, and the folder shows as "not writable" inside the apps properties of the folder. So this has to be a permissions thing (I'm hoping).

My network is setup as a work network and
I have shared the folder which is on my desktop the workgroup is WORKGROUP.

I'd be fine with disabling all security on this one folder if there is such a way. But if not I need some way to give my phone and this app write permission on this folder.

Thank you for the help!


A:Problem Sharing Folder With Remotely Connected Phone

Any ideas?

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please look at the attachment 
i have pc that do not have  this folder.
1.what this folder means ? i need this folder ?
3.when i go to indexing options >modify >"show all locations" is gray

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Like many people I find the new file search limiting, inconsistent and counfounding. I keep hoping the light bulb will go on and I will 'get it', but so

Now, just when I thought I could not hate it more, file search has stopped working completely for one of my big document folders and will not find any file at all.

I tried adding the folder to indexing, this is an option, 'Click to add to Index', on the search menu, but big surprise it hung my system. Buy hey, it would not be a normal day on Vista with out at least 5 hard reboots....

I also tried to Modify Index Locations. Nothing Happens.

In any case, there are things I really do like about Vista and am trying to hang in there... but problems like this make it hard. So, does anyone have any idea why I have one folder that when I open it and search for a file, Vista does not find a file that is clearly visible in the window?

A:Can you turn off the stupid file indexing and just search the folder I am in?

Originally Posted by Elysa

Like many people I find the new file search limiting, inconsistent and counfounding. I keep hoping the light bulb will go on and I will 'get it', but so

Now, just when I thought I could not hate it more, file search has stopped working completely for one of my big document folders and will not find any file at all.

I tried adding the folder to indexing, this is an option, 'Click to add to Index', on the search menu, but big surprise it hung my system. Buy hey, it would not be a normal day on Vista with out at least 5 hard reboots....

I also tried to Modify Index Locations. Nothing Happens.

In any case, there are things I really do like about Vista and am trying to hang in there... but problems like this make it hard. So, does anyone have any idea why I have one folder that when I open it and search for a file, Vista does not find a file that is clearly visible in the window?

What you need to do is give the indexer chance to finish it's job after adding a folder or modifying the index locations! Modifying the index locations doesn't make their contents magically appear in the index. It can take anything from a few minutes to several hours for the index to update itself, depending on the number of files involved.

I can't give an accurate guess on how long it takes, but on my own machine, with 8 hard disks in the index, whenever I make significant changes to the filesystem that would cause the ind... Read more

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I have a question:

I have a home workgroup set up. I just installed a hard drive, 3 partitions, set the sharing so others on the network can change files, and yet it will pop up: "access is denied"

my older drives have no problem. I can't see the difference in setting.

What could be the issue? Can you please help?

Thank you

A:Home office network... how do you set sharing to allow all folders on drive to

riddle solved. I unshared and shared the drives again and it fixed the error. thanks.

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I have a desktop Windows XP home computer wired and a Windows Vista Home Premium (64bit) that I have set up a wireless network for following the directions I found on the Microsoft web site. I have successfully printed from the Vista notebook on the printer connected to the XP machine with out a problem. I can access the shared files on the XP?s C:\ drive from the Vista laptop. On the Vista network I can see the XP computer and after double clicking on it I can see the icon for the external USB hard drives but when I try to access them I get an error that I might not have permissions to use the network resource and not enough server storage is available to process this command. On the USB drives the Network sharing is set to share on the network and allow network users to change the files.

I find it odd that I can both print and share files on the C;\ drive but cannot access the external USB drives. Is there a fix for this?

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So I noticed that the search in my Windows 8.1 simply won't work to find files and settings. Then I went to Indexing Options in the Control Panel and I noticed that one of the locations Indexing was trying to point to is:

D:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\ (Unavailable)

This is odd since this is not the location of the Start Menu (which is in the C drive, not the D drive).

So I went on to remove this location and manually add the location of the Start Menu in the C drive (i.e. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\).

To my surprise, adding the location in the C drive is actually listed as the D drive -- not the C drive. In Fact any directory I try to add to the Index located in the C drive is in fact listed as being in the D drive!

I'm at a loss here, and in fairness I reckon this is a bug.

Have anyone here ever experienced this? Is there any workaround?

EDIT: While the search does not work. It seems like the Windows Explorer search works without any issues.
Also I reckon it is worth mentioning that I change the location of my search index to the D drive. This is because my C drive is a Solid State Drive, while my D drive is a traditional Hard Drive.

Thanks in advance for the help.


A:BUG - Indexing Options keep pointing to D drive rather than the C drive - search charm won't work

Hello Roger,
I have to say that I am disappointingly surprised with this answer.
If you read my initial post carefully, the issue is that if I add a location on the 'C' drive it gets market as being on the 'D' drive instead. Therefore, your test of adding a folder to the indexing and delete it afterwards is moot.
Anyway I found out the issue to be that the SID of the D partition was the same as the SID assigned to the C partition and that was causing conflicts.
I looked all around for a way to change the partition SID but I couldn't find anything. So in the end what I had to do is backup (copy) the contents of the D partition, delete that partition (not format), then create it again. Now when adding the disk to
the index, I noticed it works fine. I don't consider this necessarily a solution, but a workaround.

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Hi dears.
I have a small problem with my network and sharing center.
The problem is that it takes maybe more than 2 minutes to open it. I mean when i click on Network and Sharing center in the control panel or i click on the network icon in my task bar, it takes minutes!! to open.
I was told it may solved with installing the network driver but i got the latest one from the net but it didn't differ.
Please help.

A:Network and sharing problem

How many objects are tied in to your network?

This could help:

Windows 7 Network Slow - 6 Easy Ways to Make it Fast

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One of the 3 computers on our network, a laptop, has two folders saved in our Shared Documents file that contain images done in Adobe that I cannot access. I can open the folders but clicking or Opening the selected image receives a "Can't Read" with items in one folder and a "Cant access" with reference to the network in the other. I can access other folders and items in the Shared Doc. folder and view images and documents with no problem. Is this a network problem or something in the way the items in the two folders were saved - the path Seems the same as the ones I can read and older of the two folders of images was fine in the recent past. One might say, something happend.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

A:Network Sharing Problem?

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I am trying to share the DVD-ROM drive and other folders from one computer (XP Professional) to another (XP Home). Both are connected wirelessly to a router. I have enabled each other's IP address in the trusted zone of the Zone Alarm fire walls and I shared bothe the DVD-ROM and the HDD folders. I can see both the HDD folders and the DVD-ROM on the remote computer and I can access and open any file in the folders on the HDD. But if I click on the DVD-ROM I get an error message that the drive is not accessible. What am I doing wrong here? Thank you.

A:Sharing the DVD-ROM over the network - Problem

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Hello fellow members!

I have a issue that I cannot seem to figure out with my network sharing. I have a wireless network with 2 laptops running Vista home premium and 1 xp-pro laptop all behind a linksys router. At this point I have all computer seeing and sharing (only from public folders) fine.

Problem: I want to be able to share one of the partitons that I created on one of the Vista laptops(home premuim) as a share for backup, but other Vista laptop won't let me have access to it. It does however let me have access to the public sharing folder though. How can I access this Drive/partition?

What I have /have tried so far:

Network discovery is on
file sharing is on
printer sharing is on
password protection is on
all computers have same corresponding usernames and passwords
properties of the particular partition in question is configured to share.
All computers have the same workgroup name.

What else am I missing here?

Thoughts: What I am trying to do, in a nutshell, is to be able to use that one partition for backup images for all 3 computers(has a very large drive on that specific laptop) So I even though about maybe mapping that it into the public sharing folder, a workaround, if you will, but I'm not sure if it would give me the available premissions to be able to do what I need it for.

Any advice, ideas or solutions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Network sharing problem

Hi makinit70462,

In addition to the sharing permissions Vista also has Security permissions which need to be set to enable the sharing. The sharing permissions work at a top level but the security permissions are part of the NTFS system and are in addition to sharing,

You will need to give ether the "everyone" group or at least the users that are going to be performing the backup "full Control" security permissions on the backup Drive.

If you right click on the drive and use the security tab to apply these permissions, (and let them cascade to any sub folders), this should remove the error you are recieving

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hey guys
problem with network sharing i have windows 7 64bit starter version

and i set up a ad hoc but the " turn on network sharing " doesn't shows!


and another problem when i enter name and password and next it say's that network connot set up !!

i wenna share my network in the pc to my iphone with wifi
and i have wifi cart in my hp probook 4520s

A:problem with network sharing


Can we have some more information....

I assume that you have a wireless router? If so, which one?
Does this have any security enabled?


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I have win98 and winxp home edition and on the win98 I can't access my entire c drive on the winxp.I have it sharing in the sharing and security settings,is there a setting in the admin.I can change or something else T.I.A banks2

A:Network sharing problem

Welcome to TechSpot!.

Are you talking about 2 PC's or 1 PC with dual boot (W98 + XP)?
If 1 PC, then you should know that W98 cannot access XP when XP runs with the NTFS filesystem.

If you have 2 PCs connected via a network, then the W98 PC can access XP.

Please take a few minutes and fill out the specs of your PC('s) in your user-profile (just click on "user-cp" at the top of this page).

Then explain in more detail what exactly the problem is.

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Hi all, wonder if anyone can help here.

I have tried over and over to completely disable sharing over my home network of my personal documents folder (not the public folder) yet it still shows up and is fully accessible on any computer in the house. I have a password but that's not the point, I want to be able to make the my documents folder inaccessible completely from other computers on the network. It's disabled in the sharing properties but that makes no difference. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance

A:Network sharing problem

its probably you have to unjoin from home group, you can find that setting in network and sharing center under the home group settings!

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I have a local area network of 4 computers. Two have wireless cards. All can access the internet with no problem. One wireless Sony laptop is the problem It can see all the computers and their shared drives but when any of the other computers attempt to access the Sony, they receive a message that "Sony is not accessable, etc". All computers are in the same workgroup, all are properly named, all have sharing set up correctly and there are no active firewall other than the internet connection. This problem occurred after resizing the partitions using Partition Magic. Doe anybody have a cure or encountered a similar problem after using Partition Magic?

A:Network sharing problem

This won't exactly fix your problem, but you can try to browse by their local IP instead of the computer name. Like \\192.168.x.x instead of \\sony. I would try that first as it is a temporary solution, but it should work nonetheless.

:wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:

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Problem - Windows 2000

In Windows explorer - I right click on a hard drive - Properties - Sharing tab - click on 'Do not share this folder'

The problem is, when I reboot - it defaults to 'Share this folder'

How can I stop this?

A:Win2K - folder sharing - defaults back to sharing after reboot


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In our office we have 6-8 workstations working in a domain with a server running Windows Server 2003. The workstations are running XP pro and we are in the process of upgrading them to Win 7 64-bit. I have already upgraded two stations, but now I am struggling with indexing issues. Everything relevant is stored on network drives.

Is there a way to index the network drives by the server and use the indexing data by the workstations (either XP or Win 7)? Obviously, when someone is looking for something, I want them to be able to find it both on their local machine, but most importantly - on the network drives.

For the Win 7 computers I was advised to make the network drives "available offline" but I don't believe this is the right solution.


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My main computer that has the printer installed is vista 64bit. The other computers around the house are XP pro 32bit. I can see the printer but when I try to print it says it does not the driver. I go to install additional drivers but it won't let it happen. I have a canon MP780 AIO printer. Can anyone tell me what needs to be done? I have googled but not found my answer. Thanks.

A:Sharing a printer over a network problem.

You need to install the printer drivers as a local printer directly on the machine in question, then modify it's port to point to the network path to the printer.
This is a procedure that I've had success with installing Vista printers when the normal install didn't work.
Temporarily connect the printer to the Vista machine and install it as a local printer using the proper Vista drivers.
Disconnect the printer and move it to the XP machine it normally connects to and make sure that it's configured as a shared printer.
Open the Printers and Faxes folder on the Vista machine, right click on the printer and select properties.
Create a new Local Port for this printer with a name of the full network path name to the shared printer, i.e. \\computer_name\printer_name.


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I have no basic network information in windows 7 network & sharing centre and yet I am on line. In device manager it shows 2 network controllers.
My problem is that I am unable to connect my Boxee Box to the computer.
I would be grateful for some advice please.

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My computer; Vista Ultimate x64: Daughters computer XP. Mainly used to share photos on my computer to my daughters. Previously had 7 folders of pictures authorized to share, but recently noticted that only 5 of the 7 showed on her computer under My Network Places. The only reason I noticed is because I attempted to add another shared folder and it was showing up on her computer including folders that were not authorized. While she could not access them they were there. I have attempted to unshare and reshare 2 of the original that are not showing up but they just won't show. I have checked all authorities and permissions and they are correct. They are not subfolders and do not have subfolders, which shouldn't matter. The latest folder I attempted to add: on my computer they are in one folder but shows up on her computer as subfolders including the folders already there.
As I stated I have unshared and reshared and rebooted computer many times but they are conflicting. Any ideas??

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Hi Everyone,

I have few XP Pro PCs and a windows 7 Pro x64. The XP PCs can see and access the shared w7 but the w7 couldn't. W7 can see the XPs but when i click on the XPPCs it said Windows Can't Access \\XP-pc. I click the Detail and it said Network Path Wasn't found. I tried to Diagnostics and it couldn't find the problem. It looks like firewall blocked to me but i disabled windows firewall and security center from windows services. XPPCs don't have any firewall. from w7 i can ping those XPs. I enabled most of the services related to the network.

From the windows7 can't open the its shared folders either. it said the network path was not fould

Is there any one has the same problem?

Thank you

A:Windows 7 Network sharing problem


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I have two W98 and two XP computers wired and one laptop on a wireless leg running W2000 Pro. The first four computers work just fine and share files with the greatest of ease.

However the laptop wants user names and password and that I don't understand. I have done quite a bit of searching on the Internet and so far have not found a solution to this problem.

Hope someone has some help and THANKS in advance.

A:Network sharing files problem

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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 new Windows 7 PC on my network. All the other PCs on the network are Windows XP.

I have created the network as a "Work" network (not a home network)., In the Advanced Sharing Settings for the Work network, "Turn on network discovery" is checked. "Turn on file and printer sharing" is checked, "Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders" is checked and "Turn off password protected sharing" is checked.

Here's my problem:

I created a share for a drive on the Windows 7 PC. Now the Windows XP machines can see the drive and the entire list of folders on the drive, but when I click on any folder, I get a popup that says

" [Folder Name] is not accessible. Access is denied. "

I have checked the double-checked the settings. Everyone has full control, and the XP machines can see the entire folder tree, but access to individual files and folders is denied.

I thought permissions from the root were supposed to be automatically inherited. What's wrong?

Thanks very much for any information.

A:Sharing problem with new Windows 7 PC on an otherwise XP network

Check Password Sharing and give the User on the 7 PC a password.

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I'm having some trouble with the file sharing in Windows XP.

I am using Windows XP Professional with Simple File Sharing across my LAN. On my computer I have set my C:\Download\ folder (containing all the files I download from the Internet) as a shared folder so that I can distribute programs through the LAN easily. The entire LAN has read-only access to this folder.

All the computers, including mine, have the XP Service Pack 2 installed.

However, I have noticed that newly downloaded files, notably those downloaded into the folder after I had set the folder as a shared one, cannot be shared. When I attempt to use one of the other commputers on the LAN to copy those files, I get a 'Cannot copy FILENAME: Access denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and the file is not currently in use.' error dialogue box.

This error will disappear if I reset the folder's sharing, i.e. if I un-share and then re-share it.

Why does this occur? Is there any way I can fix it?

A:Problem with network file-sharing.

I'm not sure why this occurs, but the first thing I do with XP is turn off simple file sharing. I know I never see this happen on any network I've configured...

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Hi. Can you kindly help me? I have been having this problem for quite some time but it is now that I need to get it fix. I have few computers network at home. All are doing file sharing with one another. However, Computer A (which is my main computer) can access Computer B and Computer C (basically everyone computer). And it's supposed to be vice-versa. However strangely Computer A that can access other computer, yet other computers can see Computer A yet not access into the computer. I always gt this message from Computer B / C.

There must be something wrong with Computer A settings I assume. I am not using any 3rd party firewall, just Windows Vista default. All computers are Windows Vista too.

Can advise me on what I need to check?

A:Solved: Network Sharing Problem

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I am tearing my hair out over this one, its really driving me nuts.

Today I got a new wireless card for my laptop, and a new router to replace my aging linksys as it was giving me a load of problems (new one is d-link 4300 if it matters).

Everything seemed to work fine out of the box, I can access the internet etc on both my laptop and my desktop, with no problems whatsoever.

The problem is with accessing files on the desktop from the laptop and vice versa. Both machines are visibile in 'workgroup computers' and can access themselves, but when i try and access the one from the other the window seems to hang for a long while before telling me that it isnt accessible or i might not have permission to view it..

Anything immediately come to mind which may help me?



A:Network file sharing problem

is it shared with read and write ? unshare it and reshare it somethimes windows is buggy or weird in the network sharing

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Hi Everyone,
So i dont know what happened whenever i go here i find this error i tried to renew ip and resetwinsock then restart but it didnt work:


A:Network and Sharing Center Problem

Looks like it could be a group rights problem to the service. Have to see which service Network and Sharing depends on and make sure the proper group rights are enabled. I've problems similar to this and resetting the rights fixed it. Don't know why group rights gets glitched sometimes.

Could just try signing out and back in as administrator and see if it works.

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Please see the attached pic for my home network structure.

(assume network sharing setting had been done on all computers) I was able to access a shared folder in PC1 from PC2 by just typing PC1's IP.
However, when i tried to access a shared folder in PC2 from PC1 by typing PC2's IP. I failed. it couldnt even get to the page that ask me to insert user's name and password. I also couldn't ping (LAN2's router gateway) or PC2.

I think that PC1 doesn't know about LAN2's info since it belongs to LAN1( But maybe im wrong. Can someone advise me how to achieve my goals here so that PC1 AND PC2 can communicate to each other smoothly? Thanks.
1) Can't replace LAN2 router with a switch
2) Can't connect PC2 to LAN1 directly

A:Home Network Sharing Problem!

Maybe if you put PC2 into Router2's DMZ you can access it via Router2's WAN IP.

Seems kinda contradictory to say that PC2 has to "hide" behind a router but be accessible as if it weren't behind the router.

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I am having a windows XP file sharing issue I am wondering if anyone can help out with.

I have a home network with three computers all connected via a Linksys wireless router. Computer A is a PC running XP Pro connected via wired connection. Computer B is a PC running XP Home connected via wireless. Computer C is a laptop runnning XP Pro connected via wireless. Computers A and B can file share and print share no problem. Computer C is the one I am having a problem with. Computer C can see computers A and B, but when trying to access shared files or printer computer I get the dreaded "You might not have permission to use this network resource..." error. Computers A and B do not even see computer C. Computer C has no problem connecting to the Internet. Computer C can ping computers A and B.

Here is what I have done so far.
- verified the work group names are the same on all three computers.
- ensured simple file sharing is activated
- turned off the firewall on all computers.
- created a admin user account on computer A that matched that of Computer C.
- under services.msc ensured Server Service is started and set to automatic.
- enabled NetBIOS over TCP/IP
- thrown computer C out of a three-story window (okay, so I haven?t tried that yet)

Any ideas?

A:network file sharing problem

if a and b can get to c the file sharing in c is not set right
look at your sharing and security tabs settings
under sharing I make a new share add the admin and network and remove everybody
then under security I again add admin the owner IE: (user name same machine)
and again the network
set all nics to auto speed duplex or the matching speed duplex of slowest nic
mine are set to 100/full duplex

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plz help.. i got 4 pc all are connectecd via switch rj45 wire running. pc1 directly connected with printer all three r sharing printer... works fine but only this way..
1.......when i wants to print all 4 pc switch it on ok no problem

2.....when i wants to print lets supoose from pc4 i have to clik pc 2. 3..1 just clik on desktop.. than pc 4 print

3..all 4 pcs are diffrent compiters name,, but same WORKGROUP

plz help how i sort this out


A:network printer sharing problem

Please supply the following info, exact make and models of the equipment please.

Make and exact model of the broadband modem.
Make and exact model of the router (if a separate unit).
Model numbers can usually be obtained from the label on the device.
Version and patch level of Windows on all affected machines, i.e. XP-Home (or XP-Pro), SP1-SP2, Vista, etc.
Also, please give an exact description of your problem symptoms, including the exact text of any error messages.

On each of the computers, I'd also like to see this:

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following commands:



Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

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