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Q: cannot access shared drive on other computer

hi. ive network my 2 computers using crossover cable. both pcs have XP Pro installed. heres the problem:

computer A has internet. computer A can see computer A and computer B in view workgroup computers. it can access computer B shared folders and drive.

Computer B can also see both pcs in view workgroup computer but cannot access computer A. computer B can also access the internet. when trying to access computer A an error appears

\\computer 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.

any help is much appreciated


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A: cannot access shared drive on other computer

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

PING each computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. You can obtain the IP address of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG. This should work for any Windows version.

All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.

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I have a strange problem. I am not able to access one of the network share drives in our office \\ntnet\XXXX

But i can access it using IP address.

Everybody else is able to.

Using the IP address i am just able to access, but i cannot map that drive.

Can anybody advice what can the issue be.

A:Cannot access specific shared drive with name , but can access with IP

Can you access other shared drives by name?

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I am having problems accessing shared folders on my desktop, from my laptop on my home network.
I have 3 computers:
Desktop Computer with Windows 7 Professional (Connected by wire)
Laptop Computer with Windows 7 Home Premium (connected by wireless)
Mini Laptop with Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron (connected by wire)
They are all connected thru a Cisco Linkysys E2000 wireless router.  
The mini is able to access shared drives on both the desktop and the laptop.
The desktop is able to access shared drives on the laptop
The laptop is unable
to access shared drives on the desktop.
The laptop and the desktop can see each other in the network section of file explorer. Both can ping each other to.
On both the laptop and the Desktop the following services are disabled: Homegroup listener, Homegroup provider, Net.Msmq, Net.Pipe Listner, Net.Tcp listener Adapter, and Routing and Remote Access.
Under advanced sharing setting, the following is exactly true for both laptop and desktop:
Network Discovery is ON
File & Printer ON
128-bit encryption
Sharing so anyone can access
Password Protection OFF
HomeGroup connection managed by windows
Public same as above

I have uninstalled all anti-virus and firewalls. I have disabled windows firewall on both computers. Netbios Over TCP/IP is enabled on both the desktop and laptop
When I attempt to access the shared drives on my Desktop from my laptop, I receive the following error:
Error code 0x80070035 The network ... Read more

A:Can't access Shared Drive

After Several Weeks I fixed the problem, but not in a satisfactory way.
For the Desktop I just reinstalled windows 7 and applied this hotfix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980486
For the Laptop, reinstallation was not an option so, I download the source code for devcon and compiled it on my machine. The version I had downloaded previously wasn’t complied for x64. Afterwards I ran devcon with the following command
devcon remove =net
This basically completely wiped ever thing that had to do with my network adapter. The correct version was able to remove the 200+ 6to4 adapters. I then reinstalled my network drives. The problem however still did not go away. So I just disabled all the
ISATAP adapters, the 6to4 adapter and the miniport adapter. The tunneling adapter was uninstalled.
  Now everything seems to work fine.

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I have a notebook computer with Vista64, and my wife has a desktop with Vista32.. I have set two of her hard drives to 'share', and created myself an account on her computer that matches my account name on my notebook. When I go to explore the network, I can see her computer and hard drives, but can't access them.. It always says access denied.. I _CAN_ access the Public folder..

What do I need to do to share these drives?



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I am not able to access network shared folder all of a sudden.
I am able to ping these machines from my Windows 7 PC and able to access the same shared folders from other systems.
In fact it worked from Windows 7 system too but I not able to trace why it stopped working.
Following error is thrown:
Window cannot access \\
Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve problems, click Diagnose.
Error code: 0x80070035
The network path was not found

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Hi, I'm setting up a little media center (running Win 7) to connect to my TV. I was thinking about sharing one of the drives on the media center so I can access it from all my computers and put pictures, music and movies on it as needed.

I went to Advanced Sharing, checked the Share this folder box and put full control on Everyone. Nevertheless I'm getting an error when I'm trying to access the drive from my laptop (which is running 8.1). Says that Windows cannot access the drive. I have disabled password protections and all that but still nothing.

It does seem however that if I create a folder inside the Media center drive and share it then I can access it with no problems and add files and do what I want.
Perhaps that is what I'll need to do to bypass the problem?

But is there anyway I can access a shared drive? I have no idea what else to try

A:Not getting access to a shared drive

I had a couple of USB 3.0 Docking stations and used mainly WD 1 TB Sata III internal drives or 750 GB WD Sata II. They were all WD Black and never spun down except when I powered down the dock. I was able to share the entire WD drive. But the petty hassles were so frequent I did what you did. I made a new folder and moved all the others into it. Then I shared that folder.

I think that method is less likely to cause problems in the future.

Edit: The docking stations I used under both Vista and W7. But the networking Vista and later is about the same as W8. It definitely prefers to share folders.

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Currently we have a File Server setup with Win 2003 SP2. The server has three shared folders, permission to each folder is done via Active Directory. I want to make sure that one of the folder can only be accessed when users are within the company and not while on VPN. Is there way to do that?

Example: User John Doe has access to Engineering Folder via Active Directory Group "Engineering Users". When he is inside the company building he can access the folder. When he takes his laptop home and connects via VPN I want to deny him access.

I have a VPN Server setup with Win 2003 that handles our VPN access.


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Hi Guys,

I have a dell laptop running Windows 7 Pro (x64). I have few systems in the network with some running Win 7 and others Win XP.

I wanted to share the C and D drives of my laptop. So I selected D Drive and chose advanced sharing, (Everyone) and shared it. This way my network systems are able to access/modify the D drive.

The same I did for C drive. But in this case though we can see the C Drive shared in network but when we tried to access it we get message access is denied. The settings in network sharing center is fine (password sharing is off and access to public folder sharing is on).

What should I do to fix this ? I just want a read only access to C drive. (I also tried sharing a folder in C drive but the same error comes.)



A:Shared C Drive but access denied

The C drive is a protected drive and sharing this will expose operating system files to external clients on the network. Do this at your own risk

When you set the sharing permission to allow everyone to view that particular drive or folder then this will apply to the local users on that machine. In order to apply this to a LAN you need to make sure that all the clients are in the same workgroup and that they have the exact same username and password as a user on the machine that is sharing the drive or folder.

Unless you have changed the workgroup settings these will all be the same. If you have then simply make sure that they are all the same.

Next you will need to create a user on a machine with the same username and password as a user on the host machine.

For example if machine A is sharing a folder and is logged on as 'Shadow' with the password of 'Pa55word', then in order to access that folder on machine B I will need to create a user with the username of 'Shadow' and a password of 'Pa55word' for the authentication to work.

I understand that this is a pain but since this is the C drive windows tries to protect unauthorised access. You should not need to complete this for any other shared folder that is not on the C drive with the Everyone permission applied.

Hope this Helps,

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I have been fighting with this problem for about a week, but finally fixed it and for what it is worth would like to share (no pun intended) with other members.

I have one Win 10 Laptop, one Win 7 Laptop and a Win 7 Desktop. My main machine is the Win 10 laptop which has two 500 GB drives installed. Drive 0 is for op sys, and drive 1 is for data files.

The Win 10 Laptop drive 1 was mapped from both the Win 7 Laptop and the Win 7 Desktop PC. I could access all of the folders and files on the mapped drive from the Win 7 Laptop but not from the Win 7 Desktop PC. I can see the Drive and open it but when I double click on my ?User Name? folder I get an error message saying Z:\?User Name? is not accessible. Access is denied.

I can open all other folders and files and can create and delete folders and files on the mapped drive from both the Win 7 Desktop PC and the Win 7 Laptop.

I checked the ?Share? status of the Win 10 Laptop Drive 1 and it shows ?Shared.? I have also checked the permissions and the two users listed have Full Control, Change and Read checked.

On the Win 10 Laptop, I opened the Drive 1 folder, Right Clicked on my ?User Name? folder and selected ?Share With? which opened a window listing ?Stop Sharing?, ?Homegroup (view)?, ?Homegroup (view & edit)? and ?Specific Users.? Double clicking on ?Homegroup (view & edit)? solved my share problem.

This share problem cropped up recently, cause unknown. I have never had reason in the past to get involved wi... Read more

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After insufficient information to solve my problem using hamachi for a VPN it was recommended to me here to use teamviewer. Unfortunately I am still not able to access my shared drive using it either. I'm able to establish the VPN connection and the name of my PC t home shows up in network. But when I attempt to view it I get the same error I got with hamachi. "Windows can't access \\MY-PC check the spelling of the name. Otherwise there might be a problem with your network. Try to identify and resolve network problems. Click diagnose." Clicking diagnose results in no solutions. I even attempted to access the PC at my house using the VPN IP by typing \\x.xxx.xx.xxx where x are the numbers provided to me by teamviewer for my PC at home that I'm trying to access from my parents house. I'm able to establish a remote control session and use my PC at home from my tablet while at my parents house. So I know teamviewer is working on both PC and tablet. Any ideas what is causing the problem with accessing the shared drive?

A:Can't access shared drive with teamviewer

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I've got a simple home network, with one Windows 7 Ultimate x64 desktop (wired), one Windows XP Pro desktop (wired), and two Windows 7 Home Premium notebooks (wireless). The motherboard failed on one of the notebooks that belongs to my stepdaughter, so I removed the hard drive and installed it in the Windows 7 desktop. My intent is to mark it shared so that the new notebook she is buying can access it and she can copy her data files.

I currently have two other shared folders and a shared USB flash drive on the Windows 7 computer. There is no problem accessing these other shared folders and drive from any of the computers on the network.

However, when I marked the new hard drive as shared and gave full rights to Everyone, exactly the same way I shared the USB flash drive, the other computers on the network can see the shared drive, but they get an "access denied" message indicating they do not have rights to it. I have no problems accessing the drive from the Win 7 computer.

What is it that I need to do to give the other computers access to this drive? As I said, it is shared in exactly the same way as the USB flash drive they have no problems accessing.

A:Access denied for shared drive

I'm thinking you may not have set the correct permissions. On the computer it's connected to, right click on "Computer" and select "Manage". Now, under "System Tools" -> "Shared Folders" -> "Shares" double-click on the name of this share and go to the "Share Permissions" tab. Make sure that this is where you set "Everyone" to full control, otherwise you were just setting the local permissions

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The root drive (C:\) is shared, nevertheless there is no access to subfolders,

How come that the root drive (C:\) is shared but no access is permitted to a particular subfolder (attached)?

How to force the sharing for the root and ALL the subfolders

Thank you



A:The root drive (C:\) is shared, nevertheless there is no access to sub

In addition to the sharing, you must check that both share and file permission are granted on the connected user for the folder to be visible, even with full disk being shared.

Particular from your screenshot, by default SQL Sever applies specific permissions on its data folders, granting only admins, the service account and system access to it. Most likely it will fail with the same error if you navigate normally on the local machine, not from the share.

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On my desktop (AKA S4, currently running Win8.1 x64 pro) I have shared out four of the hard drives with full permissions. I have 5 PCs in my network and all can access the four drives. My sister is visiting and currently accessing my network via cat5 wire. On her PC (running Win 10 x64 pro) if I view the network in Windows Explorer I can see my desktop (S4). When I double-click on S4 I'm prompted to enter network credentials. "Enter your credentials to connect to: S4" I entered my logon S4 ID and password but it tells me that the user name or password is incorrect. What the heck should I be entering? All computers are part of the same work group (WORKGROUP) and all computers are wired connected. All computers can access the internet.

A:Cannot access shared network drive


Have you compared the settings in: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings and made sure they are the same?

You need to turn off Password Protected Sharing.


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hello i am not able to access folder on shared drive... i can go into the drive but when i try to access the folder it says access denied . but i can access the share doc of tht pc. my os is xp and the pc which i am trying to access is also xp .. so can u tell me what is the problem

A:cannot access folder on shared drive

Hello ankitricky

Try taking ownership of the folder

Right click it and select Properties. Select the Security Tab and click the Advanced button. You'll see an Owner tab so add your User Name to the list

You may need to go to My Computer/Tools/Folder Options/View tab and uncheck "Use simple file sharing" or you won't have a Security tab otherwise.

XP Home
Go to Safe Mode to find the Security Tab

You need to be using an Admin Account to do it.
Once you have given yourself permission you will not get the ?Access Denied? message.

To apply to subfolders check the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" before you click ?Apply?


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I have a usb connected hard drive connected to my Bell 2000 router. The instructions to access this drive is to go to the Documents folder and enter \\mynetwork. This then shows the shared hard drive as \\mynetwork\NETWORKHD. If I now click on NETWORKHD I get the following:
\\mynetwork\NWTWORKHD is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contac the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

Not enough storage is available to process this command.
This all worked for me under Windows 7. I am unsure if it ever worked under Windows 10.

If I plug a 2 gb thumb drive into the other port on my Bell 2000 rounter it works without any problem.

Is this a permissions problem or is there something else going on that I can fix!

Thanks for your assistance.

A:Can't access network usb shared hard drive

After many days of of trying everything I could think of doing, the problem was resolved by power cycling (rebooting) my router.

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I have a shared drive on my primary computer running Windows 7 but had to give "everyone" on the network privileges. I only want to share it with one other Windows 7 computer on the home network. When I go to the security tab of the property box and choose add I only get me primary computer under locations even though I can ping the secondary computer. So how do I restrict access over the home network to only one other computer? HomeGroup won't work fro me because I am sharing files on the C drive that are not in my Documents folder.

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On this wired homebiz LAN (Netgear router), boxes A through F belong to one workgroup. A runs Ubuntu, B runs W2KPro with IIS 5, C and D run XP Pro with Apache server 2.2, E runs XP Home with no web server, and new box F runs Win 7 Pro with IIS 7.5.

-- all can ping one another

-- all can run web apps on A, B, C, D and F

-- B, C, D and E can access hard shared hard drives on one other

-- F can access shared drives on B, C, D and E.

-- But the W2K & XP boxes (B,C,D,E) cannot access the shared drive C on the Win 7 Pro box (F).

All those boxes report drive C in F is "not accessible".

Under "?dvanced sharing " in F under Win 7 Pro, that drive is marked Shared, given a Share name, and given appropriate permissions.

And in the network and sharing center in Win 7 Pro,
-- Network discovery is on,
-- File & printer sharing is on,
-- Public folder sharing is on,
-- Media streaming is on,
-- File sharing using 40|56 bit encryption is permitted,
-- Password protection is off,
-- Allow Windows to manage homegroup connecitons is on.

I also tried ...

-- flipping public file sharing
-- the EnableLinkedConnections fix Programs may be unable to access some network locations after you turn on User Account Control in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

Neither made the slightest difference.

Those are all the suggestions I've found on the web.

It's a dealbreaker. If we can't access that drive from the LAN, Win 7 ha... Read more

A:W2K Pro & XP Pro boxes can't access shared drive C on Win 7 Pro 64bit

Have you tried making adjustments on the Security tab of the Windows 7 drive that you can't access?

If you go to the Security tab on the problem drive try using the "Edit" button and putting check marks for full permissions to access the drive for everyone.

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I'm trying to map a network drive across our companies computers. On one of the PC's (just one) I can navigate to the folder by going through network, selecting the host computer and finding the drive but when I try and map the drive to My PC I am told the
pc does not have the requisite permissions.

On the host pc full control is given to everyone. I can't fathom why one pc out of all of them is not given access. Any ideas?

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Hi, I have a Maxtor External Hard drive and Windows 7 Premium 64 bit. I have a user setup for each member of my family on the computer. The maxtor drive was working fine uptil I decided that I wanted only myself to be able to access it only. The drive appeared as my K drive. I went to sharing and added myself as read/write access and removed the everyone share thinking that only I would be able to use the drive. I restarted my PC and now nobody can access it. When I plug the drive into the usb slot the drive whirs up as normal but there is no drive letter for it and it does not appear in device manager etc. I plugged it into my old XP machine and that cannot read it either.

Please Help.


A:Cannot access re-shared external hard drive

Add Everyone back, can you access it then?

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I may have posted this before, so I apologize for being repetitive.

I have a hard drive that is connect to my modem / router via a usb connection. The drive is accessed via


After rebooting my router, this will work for some number of days before it fails.

When it fails I get a message that says something like:


\\mynetwork\NETWORKHD is not accessable. You may not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the Administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

Not enough storage is available to process this command.


What changes over time that precludes access to my network hard drive? How do I fix it. Thanks.

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I have a wireless network which was working fine with a wired connection for the XP Home laptop and a Linksys wireless adapter for the XP Pro desktop. Both could access all shared folders/printers.
After a bsod "eBiSODe", I did a non destructive OS reinstall on the XP Home laptop. and now it can access the XP Pro but the XP Pro can't access ALL the XP Home shared resources. It can access an external hard drive connected to the XPH laptop, but not the shared area on the C drive. The reinstall didn't change any data or settings as far as I can tell-sharing settings are still the same.
So I assume the fact that the XP Pro can access the external drive means the connection is fine, but something is blocking access to the C drive.

Update:I "unshared" the shared folder on the c drive and then reset it to shared and that seems to have fixed the problem. (Or maybe posting here endows magical powers).

A:Solved: XP Pro can't access shared files on XP Home's C drive......

Just the fact that you posted for assistance here made your machine realize that it was hopeless to resist, so it started working.

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What I'm trying to do doesn't sound complicated but I'm really stumped.

I want to set up a home network (a desktop and other tablets/laptops) and set up some of the drives on the Desktop PC (NOT individual folders) as shared which can then be accessed only by my family's tablets/laptops. However, I don't want other people's devices (who I allow access to my router for internet access) to have access to these folders.

I thought I could use a Homegroup and use permissions to allow access to the shared drives for only the devices that have joined the Homegroup with the appropriate password.

So I set up a Homegroup and right clicked on the drive on the desktop PC and selected Advanced Sharing. I then set up sharing with permissions assigned only to the user named "HomeGroupUsers$" (which sounded logical). But, when I use a laptop which has joined the Homegroup then I get access denied when trying to open up the shared drive.

I then changed the permissions to use the group "HomeUsers" and I could then successfully access the shared drive from the laptop. However, when I connected a tablet to the router which had NOT joined the homegroup, I could still access the shared drive which is not what I want.

Is the use of Homegroup the right mechanism for what I'm trying to do? If it is, then what am I doing wrong?

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I have just installed Hyper-V and Windows 10 on both Host & VM, and set up a wifi virtual switch so the VM can connect to the internet. Fine. But the Network icon in the Folders only shows its own desktop and "tsclient" but not the host PC. How do I get the VM to see the shared folders on the Host?


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I had a server computer that was running windows 7. It was working like a charm, but suddenly I was unable to remote to it. I found a monitor and keyboard that I connected. My server then told me that it had installed windows 10. Wow thanks? That is something I would like to have a say in? But oh well might as well get with the times and use windows 10.
As I am using it as a server it is running, iis, ftp, plex, and some other servers. Most of it were still working after the conversion to windows 10, but I?m been having some real problems with the normal sharing of files. When I use my desktop computer (also running windows 10) to brows the network I get the following error when dobbelt-clicking my server computer:
?\\SERVERNAME 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. Logon faliure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer.?
So ok? there are always problems with filesharing with a new windows installation. So I did the following:
? Made sure file and printer sharing were turned on
? It was using: Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computer
? Password protected sharing sharing were turned off
? I turned on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders
? My network adapter is using my router ip address as DNS server
? M... Read more

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I have 2 windows 7 computers and i'm trying to share a folder (that I want password protection on) outside of the homegroup.
Both computers are part of the same workgroup and I have the same user account/password combination on both computers plus I have password protected sharing turned on in the network and sharing centre along with file and printer sharing turned on.

On computer 1 I have right clicked and selected that I want the folder shared. When I navigate via the network on computer 2 to computer 1 the shared folder shows up on computer 2 but double clicking on it to open it gives me an alert saying I don't have permission to access it, no option to type in the user name and password (according to the help files I shouldn't even need to type the password in if both computers have the same username/password anyway but would need it if I'm logged in as a different user). It's just a blanket denial of access.

A:Canít get access to shared folder from one computer to

So you have a HomeGroup setup and are trying to password protect and share a folder with a PC not in the HG? Is that correct?

I'm not sure if that can be done... anyone?

You may find some of this helpful...

Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings

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what's the easiest way to share drives from one xp to another, i tried sharing but windows folder and programs folder show access denied. what to do?

A:Shared Drive C: From One Comp To Other But Windows And Programs Access Denied

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Hi everyone,
I have a specific problem. There are some shared folder on one server with access for everyone. But one folder is inaccessible from one specific computer (PC1). I have tested it with several users which have access right. Users can reach the folder from any other computer. Also other folders (with same access right) from PC1 are accessible.

Where can be a problem?

I have tried to remove the computer from domain and add it again.
There are no viruses detected.
I have tried to map the foldet to another drive letter. (The share is inaccessible with "\\computer\folder" too.)

Do you have any idea, where can be a problem?

Thank you and have a nice day.

A:Any user can't access shared folder from one computer

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okay so I used to be able to access the shared folders that are on my computer that is running windows XP on my vista laptop and my xbox 360
but they are no longer showing up

I just spent a couple of hours trying to get it working again but nothing that I did solved the problem it would be really great if somebody could help me out this is very frustrating

A:Can not access shared folders that are on my windows XP computer

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English is not my first languaje, i will do my best.

A client has a computer running Windows 10 Pro that shares a folder to be accesible from MS-DOS based machines (i have no control from them). The MS-DOS program asks for user and password and gets connection to the folder.

The Windows 10 machine was not enought fast, and we decide to change it to a better machine (new machine with i3cpu, 16gb Ram, Windows 7 Pro 64bits).
I setup all configuration the same as was in the old computer:
- computer name
- Workgroup
- user and password
- static ip adress and DNS
- folder shared name (this is in a secondary hdd, moved from old computer to the new)...

Computers with Windows 7 and Windows XP in the same network have Access instantly, all works fine,
but the MS-DOS based machines says: "wrong password" (and is not).

Surfing in the web I found that:

I have setup Windows LAN Manager authentication level to Send LM and NTLM Responses, but the result is the same.

I don't know where is the mistake. Has anyone any idea how can i solve that problem?

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I have three computers on a network, 2 desktops, 1 laptop. All have XPHome, NIS2007 and SpySweeper installed. All three are networked through a wireless router. All can connect to the internet and all can be seen in My Network Places (all shared files for all 3 computers). The issue is I can't access the shared files on the laptop from either of the two desktops. However, all the shared files on the two desktops can be accessed from any of the other computers. Only the laptop's shared files can't be accessed.

I checked Norton's firewall settings on each computer, esp the laptop, and they all should be accessible from either computer. I even turned the firewall off on the laptop and still couldn't access the files from the other computers. I even added an advanced setting on the laptop's firewall to allow specific IP address computers (the two desktops) access to any files, still no go.

The router shows all three computers on the network being connected.


A:Solved: Can't access shared files on a networked computer

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Hello. My apologies for the vague title, there's not a lot of room to sumarize. Here's the issue:

A printer shared on a Windows 7 pc cannot be accessed because the user is stopped when accessing the computer itself.

Sound confusing? Allow me to clarify...

The hosting computer is a Windows 7 Pro (32 bit) machine with a shared printer attached, hereafter referred to as: W7x86. It's on a workgroup with the following other computers: Win 7 Home x64 laptop (W7x64) Win 8 CP Media PC (W8x86), Win XP Pro laptop (WinXP).

I'm not using homegroups, and there are shared folders on the W7x86 computer which are accessible by the right accounts (e.g. administrator has access to the whole thing, whereas other accounts only have access to specialized shared folders).

Here's the specific problem I'm encountering. The printer is shared with EVERYONE allowed access to print and manage documents. However, if you try to add the printer on any of the other computers (XP, Win 7, Win 8), you are blocked by the request for additional permissions to connect to the hosting computer. The only account allowed past this point is the administrator account (which I don't know why, since I'm only trying to access a shared printer). Once you're past this point, you can add the printer. So I'm sure you're thinking, "That's just UAC or installer permissions." There's more...

Once this printer is added, I'll restart one of the connecting computers in question (say the W7x64 laptop), and whe... Read more

A:Printer shared Win7, but access stopped at the computer.

I feel like an idiot for not thinking of the simple solutions...

One of the first things to remember in a workgroup environment is the end users have the unfortunate flexibility of having different passwords for each account they have on every computer (unlike a domain environment). Such a simple solution, but I didn't think of it 'till now because I work in a domain environment 99% of the time.

So yeah, said user changed their password on their laptop and didn't tell me, thus the host computer said, "Hey your password's not valid." Change the passwords to match and...

*sigh* Problem solved.

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The HomeGroup shares have been a recurring issue that I haven't been able to solve, but the really perplexing one is the shared folder issue which just cropped up. Some of my shared folders still work, but e, g and h (music and video respectively) for some reason spit back "Access Denied" on all of the other computers in my house, this is in spite of the fact that Permissions on them are set to Full Control for Everyone. Any suggestions?

With regards to HomeGroup shares, they simply don't show up no matter what I do, I'd like to fix that one too, but I'm not sure what I can do to fix that.
EDIT: Got the shares fixed, HomeGroup still stumping me.

A:Cannot access shared folders or HomeGroup shares on this computer

Quote: Originally Posted by Stormkitty

The HomeGroup shares have been a recurring issue that I haven't been able to solve, but the really perplexing one is the shared folder issue which just cropped up. Some of my shared folders still work, but e, g and h (music and video respectively) for some reason spit back "Access Denied" on all of the other computers in my house, this is in spite of the fact that Permissions on them are set to Full Control for Everyone. Any suggestions?

With regards to HomeGroup shares, they simply don't show up no matter what I do, I'd like to fix that one too, but I'm not sure what I can do to fix that.

EDIT: Got the shares fixed, HomeGroup still stumping me.

The link below should help you with the Homegroup problem.
Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues

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Just hooked a third computer up to my wireless network. It is running xp home. I can access the internet but not the shared files of the other comuters. When I click on my network places, nothing shows up. The other computers are able to access eachothers files with no problems. Can anyone help??

A:one computer on network cant access other computers shared files

Have you tried Right clicking on the file in question or drive (C:\ i'm guessing) select 'Sharing and Security' ,and check the box in the sharing tab that says, 'Share this folder on the network'? Hope that made sense?

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How to set a password for remote computer to access shared resources?

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Hi all,

I have a curious problem on my home network at the moment which means I can access the shared files and ping using the ip address, but not the computer name, of a xp computer. I found lots of other people who had this problem and they fixed it with a few commands at command prompt, but that didn't work for me.

Here is the setup:
1 XP computer - no problems accessing other computer using computer name
1 Vista laptop - where all the problems are
and a router

I have static ips for both computers and I have the dns set up correctly.

Of course as all my music and files are on the other computer, and all the programs are looking for \\computername not \\ipaddress, so the programs are complaining that they can't find anything

Here is an ipconfig /all

C:\Users\Andy>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Andys-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Peer-Peer
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-23-4E-98-F7-51
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::2d76:7bc0:755e:f934%12(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . .... Read more

A:Solved: Can access shared files and ping using ip, but not computer name

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I lost my ability to access my shared folders on my network computer. My setup; my main computer an Acer desktop running Win 7 64 bit. My second a Windows XP computer.

My problem; I can no longer access my shared folders on my XP computer. I had a couple of folders on my XP system set as shared and I had no problems accessing them from my Win 7 system until now. I even had the folders mapped to their own drive letters. And I had no problem sharing my printer over my network.

I've had this setup for about four years now and all of a sudden it just vanished. From my Windows explorer, in Windows 7 I disconnected the mapped drives to see if I could clear it out but nothing. I also noticed I couldn't enable the "Turn on network discovery" in the Advanced Sharing Settings in the Network and Sharing Centre.

I searched online but kept coming up with the same answers. Mainly make sure the following services where enabled:

- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service
- DNS Client
- Function Discovery Resource Publication
- SSDP Discovery
- UPnP Device Host

The only two that where not enabled where the last to SSDP Discovery and UPnP Device Host, because as long as I can remember the main consensus online was that these two services where BAD.

So I always disable both of these things with every computer I've ever had including this one. All these years and now all of a sudden I can't seem to do without them. No wonder people believe Microsoft is sabo... Read more

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I got a trojan the other day that installed a spyware program called Spy Sheriff. There was much cursing and swearing, but after my trusty version of AntiVir as well as a plethora of spyware programs I managed to clean the system of all viruses and spyware as far as I know.

My troubles didn't end for long. Next I got a (fairly common) problem where it says "services.exe has caused an error. Error code 203. Rebooting your computer in 1 minute" or something along those lines. I googled a bit and found that this is often associated with registry keys not matching your actual network setup. Anyhow, I ran a registry cleaner program and THAT problem seemed to go away.

Now however, my network is all messed up.

My setup is as follows: Two home computers plugged into a router that is hooked up to my DSL modem. One computer is called Office, the other is called Bedroom.

The printer is hooked up to Office, and is shared. Both computers have a few shared folders that the other can access.

After I ran the cleaner, Bedroom is no longer visible on the network. Office can't see it in the workgroup, and I can't access any shared folders. I CAN ping both computers using the IP addresses, but each computer can't ping the other using the computer's name. Each computer can ping itself using both its own IP and name.

Here's an interesting thing I just found too; when I open my computer as it should appear on the network by typing \\Bedroom\ into the ad... Read more

A:After a virus, unable to access a computer's shared folders over the network

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Access to shared files (jpeg digital photos) from another homegroup computer causes my computer to crash. The screen turns black, all disk activity stops, computer power light stays on, but there is no response to input devices.

The event log shows only an Event ID 6008 Source: EventLog "The previous system shutdown at 12:14:25 PM on ‎7/‎11/‎2013 was unexpected" logged after the power recycle/reboot with the time of the black screen (rather than the reboot time) and Event ID: 41 Source: Kernel Power "The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly." Generally nothing at all in the System or Application logs for 5+ minutes prior to crash.

Action Center history shows no Windows failure, under "Misc Failures" the problem is described as "Windows was not properly shutdown" (Duh!)

Seems to happen every time trying to use Windows Preview to look at files across the LAN. Both computers are Windows 7, both up to date. I have run chkdsk on all disks recently. File sharing has worked OK (barring various annoying network configuration issues) until this recent repeatable problem.

A:Computer black screen crash with LAN shared file access

I experienced increasing numbers of black screen system hangs, unrelated to network file access... so there is another thread and this one is not SOLVED, but CLOSED, I suppose.

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Hi All,

I am running Windows 8.1 pro. When i try to access a network location on another AD Domain (Non trusted), I get the below error.

Once i add the above path as network drive in My computer it gets mapped and works, Then if i access the path from run it works.
I have tried by FQDN and IP both don't work in Run window.
Can any one assist in finding what is the issue and how do i solve it.


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hopefully this is an easy one. I recently purchased an external Seagate drive and added it to one of the PCs on our network and shared some folders on it. However, whenever the external drive is powered down it seems that the shared status of the folders is lost and has to be shared again. This is most tedious...
Any suggestions?
Kind regards,

A:Solved: shared folders on external drive do not stay shared

Is this one solved?

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It prompts me for a password to access my c drive on the 98se computer.
I can see the share on my xphome computer. I only have one administrator password on the 98se computer. I remember this happening when I tried to share the c drive on two xphome computers a while back. Any folders that I shared individually I could access ok. but if i shared the entire drive I was promted for a password as well, in which the admin passwords didnt work. Is there somekind of default password? Ive tried no password also....and no luck. thks

A:Solved: shared drive c: on 98se computer I can see it on the network but


I did assign a new password for the c drive when i initially set up file sharing. Windows 98 has an 8 character limitation for its file sharing passwords. When I tried to access the files when xp promted me for a password i used what i thought was a 10 character password (my usual password) when if fact i should have just typed in the first 8 characters of my password instead of the full 10 characters. I recognized this when I only saw xxxxxxxx(eight characters) when I went into properties-sharing (option) on my 98se computer.


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I have three computers all Win 7 Home Premium and sharing (Homegroup). Side not I also had them sharing with out Homegroup and still same issue. Also This occurs regardless if PC3 is connected via wire or wireless. Additional notes AV was also disable to rule out. That is the only thing running on PC3 and nothing is running background wise on PC1 or PC2.

PC1 can easily view contents of Shared PC2 instantly.

PC2 can easily view contents of Shared PC1 instantly.

PC3 can easily view contents of Shared PC1 & PC2 instantly.

PC1 & PC2 can not view contents of Shared PC3 instantly; it takes approximately 35 seconds to view contents of main shared folder and same for each additional sub-folder. Also if copying a file initially it takes awhile before it starts and then stars off slow around 585KB/s copying over from PC1 or PC2 to PC3 before it jumps up to around 10MB/s+. However if I copy the same file from PC3 to PC1 or PC2 no speed issues what so ever. Speeds actually get well up into 70MB/s.

Any thoughts?

A:Clicking on Shared Computer is very slow to view shared contents.

Set all your pc's as in this pdf. File Sharing Settings.pdf

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My Windows 10 laptop has several shared drives (not folders).
They are shared with Everyone, Full Control, Password-Protected sharing is off.

I can't access them from my main PC, but I can access the Users\Public folder.

Sharing settings below...

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I have a user in the domain that had access to her network shares (mapped network drive and H:\users\usershares\*username*) and now she is getting "Access Denied" errors. I have checked to make sure that she has the correct permissions and she does. I know that she can connect to that server because she can access other shared drives on the same server. She is also the only user in the domain that has this issue. If I log on as her on my PC she DOES have normal access to all her shares. She is running windows XP pro sp3. The domain controller is Server 2008.

Anyone have any ideas?


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I shared both of my hard drives to my other 2 lap tops in my home network. I gave permissions to everyone and turned off password protected sharing. Still, it tells me that access is denied when i try to access the files from the other lap tops. Same thing happens on vista as well.
I shared them like this:
Right click on the disk
Click advanced sharing in the sharing tab
gave permissions to everyone and applied.
I turned user account control off just in case.
I'm using Comodo Internet Security with added exceptions, regular firewall is off.
I'm pretty sure i'm missing something but it don't really know what. I want to be able to have full control over the HDD's on all the machines from any machine. By that i mean something like copying a movie from PC1 to LapTop1,or even watching it. Typing a document and saving it on another HDD in the home network. Plz gimme a hint.

I appologize, i saw the tutorial and fixed the problem.I 4got about the security, feel free to delete the tread since it's allready covered in the tutorial. Again, i apologize.

A:No access even though i shared.

We need some information...

What is the operation systems you are trying to connect too... and yours as well.
Please be spciific like tell us if it is Windows XP Home or Vista x64 things like that becuase depending on the type is a way that it has to be configured and connected too.

We also need to know how many computers we are talking about. Are they hard wired or wireless... if both define that with the computers.

What kind of router are you useing? make model and the firmware pls

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I have set up a VPN network with 2 Dlink 804HVs. The two pc's are on the same workgroup, both are running xp, no firewalls are on. In fact, they see the shared files on the other computer. But it will not let me access them. Any suggestions?

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