Vista Not Playing Nice - Sharing Files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Powlaz, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Powlaz

    Powlaz Guest

    Here's the problem:

    Vista Ultimate (non SP1) on desktop PC approved to run Vista.
    Vista Business (non SP1) on laptop approved to run Vista.

    When desktop had XP and the laptop had Vista I had no trouble sharing
    Right after Vista was installed on the desktop (before a random reboot) I
    could share files/folders between both Vista PCs.

    Now I can't share files/folders. I have enabled file and printer sharing
    on the desktop. I have added a user to the desktop with the same "name" as
    the user on the laptop. Both computers are part of the same Workgroup.

    I have set up several shares: Music, Video, Storage (docs & programs, etc.)
    and can't access them from the laptop through the network share, so I also
    can't map the drives. If memory serves me I also allowed 'Everyone' share
    permission also. And UAC is disabled on both machines. The The UPNP music
    and video files share fine.

    One more thing, I am fully updated up to SP1. Unless SP1 is known to
    resolve this issue (I've read about this before but can't seem to fix my
    problem with it) I won't be installing it.

    So what am I missing? This is driving me crazy.

    Thanks for the help.

    Powlaz, Jun 17, 2008
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  2. Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Jun 17, 2008
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  3. Powlaz

    Powlaz Guest

    I saw last night that I can access the laptop shared folders from the
    desktop and I've done LESS configuring there. Tell me what am I missing?
    Thanks for the reply.

    Powlaz, Jun 18, 2008
  4. Powlaz

    Powlaz Guest

    More info:

    On the desktop I can click Network>Laptop and access the laptop's Public
    folder and Printers. This is what I'm having difficulty accomplishing from
    the laptop (accessing Network>Desktop). I get this error:

    "\\VISTADESKTOP 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. Access is denied."

    Also forgot to mention that Password Protected Sharing is off on both PCs.

    Powlaz, Jun 19, 2008
  5. Make sure you have assigned permission on Security tab. This search result
    may help.
    Vista Permission Issues
    Can't access Vista because of password protection Can't access Vista C
    because of no permission in Security · Can't Reading\Writing to External
    Hard Drive ...

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
    Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Jun 19, 2008
  6. Powlaz

    Powlaz Guest

    I assigned "Everyone" full permission to my C and D drive on the Security
    tab. Still getting the same error. Any other ideas?

    Powlaz, Jun 23, 2008
  7. Powlaz

    Gordon Guest

    Are you saying that you are trying to share the ROOT of each drive?
    Gordon, Jun 23, 2008
  8. Powlaz

    Powlaz Guest

    I am saying that. Initially I didn't - i was just sharing the directories
    that I wanted to share but I thought the previous poster suggested that I
    needed to set the proper permissions on the root so I did. Perhaps I can use
    a Network Setup Wizard in Vista. Is there one like there was in XP. I'm not
    too proud to use it at this juncture.


    Powlaz, Jun 23, 2008
  9. Powlaz

    Powlaz Guest

    I have more information to offer - I hope this helps some way:

    The Public directories aren't even accessible from the laptop.
    The directories I am actually trying to share are partitions that I set up:
    M: Music
    P: Photos
    V: Videos
    They have full share permissions set for 'Everyone' and full permissions
    given to 'Everyone' on the security tab.
    The Computer Browser service is running on both the desktop and the laptop.
    Running 'net view' from the laptop brings up both computers on my network
    Running net use * \\vistadesktop\public assigns the Public folder to drive
    Z: on the laptop, but drive Z: is not accessible through Windows.

    I don't see errors in my Event logs
    The Windows Firewall service is stopped and disabled
    On the "Show Me All the Files and Folders I am Sharing" link in the Network
    and Sharing Center nothing shows
    I run no Internet Security Suite

    Seems like everything I've read points to this kind of problem between XP
    and Vista. Vista to Vista shouldn't be an issue. Is Vista Business missing
    something that would allow it to view shared directories on Vista Ultimate?

    Thanks for the answers thus far. Please hang in there with me.

    Powlaz, Jun 24, 2008
  10. Powlaz

    Powlaz Guest

    Made more progress:

    Turned Password Protected Sharing on on the desktop. Had to go looking for
    my user name though. The login name (let's call it) Roger & Mary-Ellen is
    not the name that Windows is looking to authenticate. For some reason the
    user profile name is Roger & Mary and this is what Windows wants from me.
    When I use the profile name I can connect successfully to my desktop from my
    laptop. Any idea why?

    So here's the $1,000,000 question. What is going wrong when I turn off
    Password Protected Sharing that I can not access the desktop at all? Is
    there a registry setting that I can adjust. Anything that needs to be
    cleaned out, cleared, flushed, restarted?

    Same idea, different angle: How do I get Windows to store my credentials on
    the laptop so that I don't have to log in to the desktop after a reboot?

    Thanks for keeping up with me.

    Powlaz, Jun 24, 2008
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