Unable to share folder from Vista Home premium to XP Home SP3 mach

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by G, Aug 30, 2008.

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    G Guest

    The xp home machine can see the public folders from my vista home prem
    machine. I can only get it to see the files from my vista personal account
    called (G) if i set the security on the particular folder to everyone. This
    means that anyone can access this folder then, which i do not want. If I
    remove everyone the error I get when trying to get into the folder from my xp

    Please help
    G, Aug 30, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    Create matching user accounts and passwords. See below.

    Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not need
    to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
    assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
    need to exist and match on all machines. DO NOT NEGLECT TO CREATE
    PASSWORDS, EVEN IF ONLY SIMPLE ONES. If you wish a machine to boot directly
    to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for convenience, you
    can do this. The instructions at this link work for both XP and Vista:

    Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

    If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center, turn off Simple
    File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab).

    Create shares as desired. XP Home does not permit sharing of users' home
    directories or Program Files, but you can share folders inside those
    directories. A better choice is to simply use the Shared Documents folder.
    See the first link above for details about Vista sharing.

    Malke, Aug 30, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Some info on Networking XP and Vista


    Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

    Permissions/Share info is there as well.

    If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
    sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
    Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

    1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
    the SAME.

    In Vista Network and Sharing:

    Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

    Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

    File Sharing: ON

    Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared

    Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
    passwords (passwords can be different) on ALL computers in your Network) If
    you have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
    access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista computer.

    Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
    Wizard to include Vista in your “New†Network, even if you had an XP Network
    set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
    work for XP machines!).

    In “My Network Placesâ€: “Set up a Home or Small Office Networkâ€
    OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
    and Printer Sharing.
    Mick Murphy, Aug 31, 2008
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    G Guest

    Thanks for the reply, i still cannot get to folder on one of my vista
    profiles. The profile is called G and I am trying to share the documents
    folder under this profile. I can get at all the public stuff on the vista
    machine but do not want everyone else to see my documents. I have created a
    profile on the xp home machine called G and it has the same password as the
    vista machine, I am still getting I do not have permissions when i try to
    open the "G vista Documents" from my XP home machine. Wierd that it lets me
    see the Vista folder from my XP machine but does not let me open it....
    G, Aug 31, 2008
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    G Guest

    Thanks for the reply Mick.

    I was using that article and it got my as far as I had mentioned in my
    original post. I tried running the network wizard but no joy. I can get to
    the public folder on the vista machine no problem it just when i am trying to
    get to my documents folder under a user profile. The XP machine can see the
    share in "My network places" but will not open it. I have created matching
    user accounts on both machines (with identical passwords) but still no
    G, Aug 31, 2008
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