file sharing win 7 and win xp

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by ZenMasta, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. ZenMasta

    ZenMasta Guest

    Hi, sorry if this is the wrong newsgroup... I didn't see one for 7.

    I have 2 computers on the same workgroup/lan
    Desktop with XP Pro
    Laptop with 7 HP

    I have lots of folders shared on windows xp but I can't see them/access them
    in win7.

    Initial web searches suggested turning off or on simple file sharing in XP
    (really I forget which one) but I did that... eventually I could see the
    windows xp computer and its shared folders in win7 but if I tried to access
    them it would say something like permission denied.
    This was a few weeks ago.

    Today I thought I would take another stab at it and another website
    suggested using the network setup wizard in xp. I did that and rebooted both
    computers and now I can't even see the xp computer from w7.

    I think I remember something like this in the past with vista hb and xp pro
    and I know I was able to work around it then. I just don't know what the
    solution was. I've put in my due diligence on the web but I can't find any
    solution that actually works (or one that doesn't require pro/ultimate with

    ZenMasta, Dec 20, 2009
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  2. If you can see the sharing in XP,you are close and it could be the
    permission issue. To fix it, make sure you have assigned permission in
    Security tab after enabling share. If you can't see the share, try these

    1. in the XP, run net share command to make sure you have enable sharing.
    2. In the Windows 7, run net view \\xpipaddress. If you get an error post

    Or this search result may help.
    Windows 7 IssuesHome Networking W/ Windows 7 & Windows XP · IE 8 and Windows
    7 cant access the Internet · Mac gets error 50 when accessing Windows7 ...

    Bob Lin, Microsoft-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
    Bob Lin \(MS-MVP\), Dec 20, 2009
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  3. Hi
    Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
    traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
    be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
    on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
    Firewall instructions.
    General example,
    Windows 7 Work Network,
    Vista File and Printer Sharing-
    Windows XP File Sharing -;en-us;304040
    Printer Sharing
    XP -
    Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing
    XP -
    Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista (Not need for XP-SP3) -
    When done hard reboot all network computers and the Router.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).
    Jack [MVP-Networking], Dec 20, 2009
  4. ZenMasta

    ZenMasta Guest

    After some toiling I think I am half way there. I didn't have to turn off
    win firewall or make any changes.

    XP can see w7 and access the shares!
    XP can see itself in workgroup/computers but can't access - how the heck?

    W7 can see XP but cannot access shares.

    I have tried with and without simple file sharing on XP.
    ZenMasta, Dec 27, 2009
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