Simple File Sharing

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Tim, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Hi there,

    How do I enable simple file sharing thus far it has not proved simple.

    We have 2 computer desktop Vista Ultimate and laptop Vista Home Basic we
    want to share a folder and all its contents which is in the Documents
    folder.

    Both computers have just one user who logs in with a password and we are
    using a Belkin N1 router.

    The only way we have got this to work is by adding another user to each
    computer so the laptop user is added to the desktop and the desktop user is
    added to the laptop then we can share the folder and its contents.

    Problem here is at the welcome screen we have 2 users to login to we don't
    want that and each time when we first boot up the computer to share we have
    to enter the user name and password on order to share the folder and its
    files.

    Surely there must be a simpler way than this.

    If we delete laptop user that was added to the desktop and the desktop user
    that was added to the laptop then we get the following message when we try
    to access the folder \\Office\ is not accessible. You might not have
    permission to use this network resource.

    What do we have to do?

    Any ideas would be most helpful and yes we've trawled though the newsgroups
    and help files but thus far we are stuck.

    Many thanks for any help, Tim.
     
    Tim, Jun 1, 2007
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  2. You can have as many as users you want and they don't need to logon for sharing. For example, you can create two users userA and userB on the computer A. userA logon on the computer while userB logon computerB. The userB should be able to access the computerA for sharing.

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    Hi there,

    How do I enable simple file sharing thus far it has not proved simple.

    We have 2 computer desktop Vista Ultimate and laptop Vista Home Basic we
    want to share a folder and all its contents which is in the Documents
    folder.

    Both computers have just one user who logs in with a password and we are
    using a Belkin N1 router.

    The only way we have got this to work is by adding another user to each
    computer so the laptop user is added to the desktop and the desktop user is
    added to the laptop then we can share the folder and its contents.

    Problem here is at the welcome screen we have 2 users to login to we don't
    want that and each time when we first boot up the computer to share we have
    to enter the user name and password on order to share the folder and its
    files.

    Surely there must be a simpler way than this.

    If we delete laptop user that was added to the desktop and the desktop user
    that was added to the laptop then we get the following message when we try
    to access the folder \\Office\ is not accessible. You might not have
    permission to use this network resource.

    What do we have to do?

    Any ideas would be most helpful and yes we've trawled though the newsgroups
    and help files but thus far we are stuck.

    Many thanks for any help, Tim.
     
    Robert L [MVP - Networking], Jun 1, 2007
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  3. Tim

    Tim Guest

    You can have as many as users you want and they don't need to logon for
    sharing. For example, you can create two users userA and userB on the
    computer A. userA logon on the computer while userB logon computerB. The
    userB should be able to access the computerA for sharing.

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
    http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
    http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    Hi there,

    How do I enable simple file sharing thus far it has not proved simple.

    We have 2 computer desktop Vista Ultimate and laptop Vista Home Basic we
    want to share a folder and all its contents which is in the Documents
    folder.

    Both computers have just one user who logs in with a password and we are
    using a Belkin N1 router.

    The only way we have got this to work is by adding another user to each
    computer so the laptop user is added to the desktop and the desktop user
    is
    added to the laptop then we can share the folder and its contents.

    Problem here is at the welcome screen we have 2 users to login to we don't
    want that and each time when we first boot up the computer to share we
    have
    to enter the user name and password on order to share the folder and its
    files.

    Surely there must be a simpler way than this.

    If we delete laptop user that was added to the desktop and the desktop
    user
    that was added to the laptop then we get the following message when we try
    to access the folder \\Office\ is not accessible. You might not have
    permission to use this network resource.

    What do we have to do?

    Any ideas would be most helpful and yes we've trawled though the
    newsgroups
    and help files but thus far we are stuck.

    Many thanks for any help, Tim.

    Hi there,

    Managed to sort it by going into the Security tab of each folder I wanted to
    share and adding Everyone with full control and now all the computers on our
    network can see the folder we wanted to share.

    Hope this is right?

    Many thanks, Tim.
     
    Tim, Jun 1, 2007
    #3
  4. Tim

    James Guest

    a much easier way would be to setup a workgroup, enable network discovery,
    file sharing and public folder disable password protected sharing and
    delete the extra unwanted user accounts

    make sure that you do this on all computers and make sure you spell the
    workgroup name right..i have my workgroup appropriatley named 'workgorup'

    i hope this makes life easier

    : )
     
    James, Jun 1, 2007
    #4
  5. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Hi there,

    Already had all computers set to workgroups made no difference as I said on
    each Folder I wanted to share in the security tab I had to add the user
    Everyone with full controls as per Microsoft's instructions and then it
    worked.

    Many thanks, Tim.
     
    Tim, Jun 2, 2007
    #5
  6. Thank you for the feedback.

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com

    Hi there,

    Already had all computers set to workgroups made no difference as I said on
    each Folder I wanted to share in the security tab I had to add the user
    Everyone with full controls as per Microsoft's instructions and then it
    worked.

    Many thanks, Tim.
     
    Robert L [MVP - Networking], Jun 7, 2007
    #6
  7. Tim

    GeraldF Guest

    His feedback is out of courtesy.
    Yet he has posted his problem in 2 newsgroups and has
    not received a direct solution.

    In order to make shares work on his 2 vista computers he
    has had to create an extra user. His wife has one
    computuer he has the other. To "share" files they
    created a workgroup then created a second user on each
    machine to allow that user to share the files

    Computer 1 husband with 2nd user wife
    Computer 2 wife with 2nd user husband

    The problem is that when they start their computer both
    users are on the startup screen, they only want one.
    Husband wants Husband on his computer. and Wife wants
    wife.

    I'm interested in your solution as I have the same
    problem.
     
    GeraldF, Jun 10, 2007
    #7
  8. See this for help hiding the extra account(s) from the welcome screen. I use
    this on one of my Vista Ultimate desktop machines to hide a special account
    I setup.

    http://www.intelliadmin.com/blog/2006/09/hide-user-accounts-from-windows-xp.html

    If your running XP you can use the Tweak UI Power Toy to do the same
    thing...

    --

    Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows Networking)

    Please post *ALL* questions and replies to the news group for the
    mutual benefit of all of us...
    The MS-MVP Program - http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    rights...
    How to ask a question
    http://support.microsoft.com/KB/555375
     
    Sooner Al [MVP], Jun 10, 2007
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  9. Tim

    GeraldF Guest

    GeraldF, Jun 10, 2007
    #9
  10. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Hi there,

    Did I do something wrong I did say thank you and did manage to sort it out
    but this last solutions looks good as well just didn't find that when
    trawling the web.

    Again many thanks everyone for your help and advice, Tim.
     
    Tim, Jun 11, 2007
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  11. Tim

    GeraldF Guest

    Not at all. I was following your post first on the Vista
    newsgroup then here on Vista.networking, because I was
    having the same problem as you. I did not like the
    responses you got in the vista group, and felt that
    going to "simple file sharing" was not the solution.

    I wanted to be sure that others understood the
    situation, and felt that if I explained it in "black and
    white" there would be an answer.

    And there was. These newsgroups are great!!
    Thank you as well.
     
    GeraldF, Jun 12, 2007
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