Cannot view shared folders, but can access them directly

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by mkh500, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. mkh500

    mkh500 Guest

    I have three Windows Vista machines, and I am trying to share files between
    them. Two of them work perfectly, and I can access their files from any of
    the other PCs. The third is more of a problem. If I try to access it through
    the network browser I get access denied, and I get the same if I type its
    address in (\\athsmedia-pc), however if I try to access a shared folder using
    its full address (eg \\athsmedia-pc\downloads) I can access it without any

    I have set up the shared folders in exactly the same way as I did on the
    other two, and have tried removing and recreating the shares, as well as
    disabling the firewall software.

    In the network and sharing center I have everything but for the password
    protected sharing turned on. The PC can also access the shared folders on the
    other computers without any problems.

    I have double checked the folder permissions on the shared folders, and
    everyone is in the list.

    When I try to access the list of shared folders a session is created as the
    user guest.

    The other thing I find weird is that the router to which all of the PCs are
    connected does not list this PC as an attached device, however it does list
    the other two. I tried resetting the router to factory default settings, but
    it still doesnt show up. I have also checked the computer is getting its IP
    address from the DHCP server in the router.
    mkh500, Jul 13, 2007
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  2. mkh500

    Chuck [MVP] Guest

    You have a problem with the browser (not Internet Explorer). The browser
    requires SMBs, which require NetBT and firewalls properly setup.

    Let's look at logs from "browstat status" and "ipconfig /all", from each
    computer, so we can diagnose the problem. Read this article, and linked
    articles, and follow instructions precisely (download browstat!):

    Chuck, MS-MVP 2005-2007 [Windows - Networking]
    Paranoia is not a problem, when it's a normal response from experience.
    My email is AT DOT
    actual address pchuck mvps org.
    Chuck [MVP], Jul 13, 2007
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