Windows 7 Networking - Sharing Changes in W7 7022 32 Bit


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Hi Guys
This is for Build 7200 only. It might change before the final (or even in the next build which is out but not yet available from "the usual sources".

This is also for sharing VISTA<=======>W7 or W7<=========>W7

See bottom of the post for XP computers in the network.

The Networking sharing stuff seems to work more like it should do.
Forget the Homegroups stuff for the moment.

In Standard Networking it looks a bit more tricky to get it working properly however this seems to be how it works now.

1) If password protected sharing is OFF (on the remote computer) then only access is allowed to the "Public" folders for people who don't have an account on the remote computer.

2) When password protected sharing is ON (on the remote computer) then you can access all shared directories BUT note the following.

a) If the user has the SAME password on both the remote and local computer then double clicking the remote computer in the Computer network will show the shared directories.

b) if the password / username is different then you get an error WINDOWS CANNOT ACCESS \\COMPUTERNAME.

The OLD method threw up a logon / password prompt screen - this doesn't appear. Instead you get WINDOWS IS UNABLE TO ACCESS \\COMPUTER where \\COMPUTER is the remote computer name. Diagnostics say invalid password / user.

In this case proceed as c) and d)

c) if you know the name of a share say VOLUME_D on the remote computer

then right click on NETWORK and choose connect network drive
type \\COMPUTERNAME\VOLUME_D or \\\VOLUME_D (computer name or Network IP address)

Now You'll get the Logon password / user screen
once you've entered this you can then click on the computer name in the Network map and you'll then get the shares as before.

Now this *Might* be broken but I actually prefer this method -- you won't get access unless you know what you want access to.

XP computers just throw up the logon screen (doesn't matter if the XP is on a different Workgroup) XP connectivity seems to finally be fixed in build 7022. You always get a password prompt which is fine.