Workgroup Sharing Problem in Win 8 & Win 7

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  1. TheArtfulDodger

    TheArtfulDodger New Member

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    Hello:

    I am having no end of trouble with my network. Here's the setup:

    1. BT Home Hub 5 Wi-Fi router, connected to Internet.
    2. Desktop, Win 7 HP, x64, connected to router with Ethernet.
    3. HP LaserJet printer, connected to router with Ethernet.
    4. Netgear EX6200 AC1200 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Range Extender, connected to router via Wi-Fi, 5GHz.
    5. Windows Tablet, Win 8.1.2 Pro, x64, connected to Extender via 5GHz Wi-Fi.

    Here's the goal: I want to use a workgroup network because I don't use the library folders that windows shares via homegroups. I want to be able to share drives and/or folders between the two computers.

    Here's the status: Both computers have access to the internet and to the printer. With each computer I can see the other computer (\\MYDESKTOP & \\MYWINDOWSTABLET) and I can see each top level of folder/drive that I have shared.

    Here's the problem: From the desktop (Win7) I can access the files & folders on the tablet (Win8). However, when I click on the root shared desktop folder from the tablet (Win8), I get an access error (see below). Windows Sharing Error.
    I believe that I have set up file sharing the same in both machines, but I cannot accomplish sharing from Windows 8.

    I appreciate any help and advice anyone can offer!!

    Sparky
     
  2. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

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    Double check the sharing/permissions on the machine not allowing access.
    Joe
     
  3. TheArtfulDodger

    TheArtfulDodger New Member

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    As best as I can tell, the permissions on both machines are identical!

    Sparky
     
  4. Trouble

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    Try making sure that the usernames and passwords that you use on one to log in, is also on the second you are trying to access.
    Not that you have to actually use the username and password on the second machine to log in, you just need to make sure it is present and has permissions to the files and or folders you are trying to access.
    This will help with something called Windows Pass Through Authentication and will make life easier.
     
  5. LawLima

    LawLima New Member

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    I have similar problems. All was well with windows 7 nodes (and still is). I introduced a windows 8 machine with the proper workgroup name and can manually browse to win7 shares, but NONE of the win7 nodes are displayed as computers on the network. The win7 machines can display my win8 machine, but not vice versa. I was able to manually map the file server by typing \\server\user ... BUT WHY WONT THEY DISPLAY in explorer as other computers to browse to?
     
  6. Trouble

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    Hello LawLima and welcome to the forum.
    On the Windows 7 nodes, check the network and sharing center "Change advanced sharing settings" link
    Both my Windows 7 machines are seen in Explorer's Network utility when configured as indicated in the attachment.
    Additionally you may want to double check the following on the Windows 7 machines.
    Other than that, it might come down to your Security Suite as sometimes they can inhibit the propagation of NetBIOS information.
     

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  7. LawLima

    LawLima New Member

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    Thank you. I'll still probably be wiping win8 and starting fresh with win7 (I'll double check all the nodes this weekend). I'm not a luddite, I just need my office to work. I don't care about xbox media integration or any of that crap. Oddly, my wife brought her laptop in today (running Win8) and I COULD see her machine in the network.
     
  8. Trouble

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    Yes, as you stated above
    So, did you happen to check her Explorer network utility to see what else her machine might see across your work network?
     

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