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Topic # 138631 10-Jan-2014 23:04
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Evening,

I have a home network, with my main desktop running XP Pro. The laptops (which view its shared files wirelessly over the network) run Vista or 7. I have all the shares setup correctly on my XP machine and just recently (after I moved house) it's stopped working.

 

Previously I could browse from the Vista machine to my XP machine, double click on a shared folder and view the files in it, as well as having read/write access. However now I get prompted to enter a login password. I've never had a login password on the XP machine, and never had to enter a network share password before. Googling doesn't give any useful suggestions (ie, ones that work). Anyone able to suggest something to get rid of this password please? I just want to access my shared folders over my network as I have been able to previously, without having to enter any password.

Thanks in advance :)

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  Reply # 964983 11-Jan-2014 00:24
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What changed?

is the Guest account enabled?

otherwise does the same username / password exist locally on each machine? And you're logged into the accessing machine with those credentials?



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  Reply # 964993 11-Jan-2014 07:28
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Only two things changed; I moved house so the XP machine was switched off for a week. During this time it was in at the shop being serviced.

From memory the Guest account has never been on (although I never checked to be honest) and this all worked perfectly - all the other machines on the network could access the shared drives.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 965008 11-Jan-2014 07:53
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As a test, I turned on the guest account and tried again - no change, still getting prompted for a login.

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  Reply # 965012 11-Jan-2014 08:22
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Go to Explorerer, open tools > Folder options > view > advanced and scroll to the bottom, is Simple Filing Sharing enabled?

Are they both on the same network domain?



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  Reply # 965017 11-Jan-2014 08:36
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Yes and yes to both (I checked that already).

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  Reply # 965029 11-Jan-2014 09:50
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You really have a domain at home?

is there anything set in credential manager?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306541



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  Reply # 965033 11-Jan-2014 09:57
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Sorry, forgot to add:

All my machines are on a Workgroup, they all have the same Workgroup name.

I guess I'm trying (in vain) to find a tickbox that says "password protect network shared folders" or something like this, but it doesn't seem to exist on XP, only on Vista or 7.

All of this worked fine last week before the desktop was sent in for service.

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  Reply # 965034 11-Jan-2014 10:07
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The same local username exists on both machines?

you're logged in using that account?

that account has permissions to the share you are accessing?

that account has NTFS permissions to the files you are accessing?



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  Reply # 965041 11-Jan-2014 10:41
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I don't login with any user name and none of the machines do to connect to the desktop. The desktop shows up as a drive in My Computer, and double clicking the drive shows a list of all the folders I have shared. This all worked perfectly until last week, now at this point it's asking users to login to the desktop - which I don't want.

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  Reply # 965045 11-Jan-2014 10:58
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quickymart: I don't login with any user name and none of the machines do to connect to the desktop. The desktop shows up as a drive in My Computer, and double clicking the drive shows a list of all the folders I have shared. This all worked perfectly until last week, now at this point it's asking users to login to the desktop - which I don't want.


there is an account, its just that it must be set to autologon

the drive in my computer, maps to share on the other computer



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  Reply # 965083 11-Jan-2014 12:34
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Okay...so how do I resolve it so other users on the network can access the shared files again?



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  Reply # 965219 11-Jan-2014 19:34
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So...no one has ever had this before? Do I really need to reinstall Windows XP to fix this problem (I hope not)?

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  Reply # 965225 11-Jan-2014 20:11
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Tried disabling and re-enabling the shares using Simple File Sharing wizard? Afaik that should reset the NTFS file permissions too.



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  Reply # 965234 11-Jan-2014 20:57
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No, but I'll give that a try now and see what happens, thanks for the suggestion. The whole thing is just...odd.



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  Reply # 965236 11-Jan-2014 21:04
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Tried one folder, tested it, no change...argh@*!@*&*!&(! This is so frustrating...

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