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Win7 to XP networking problem.... Network password? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a wireless router. a win7 machine connected via wire and a xp pro sp3 laptop via wireless. The can both see each other in the network page but double clicking them to access either pc just gets a pop up window asking for network password and username.


    I have followed the guide here and it still doesnt work
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/category/w7itpro/

    Any help will be well appreciated
    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 1:56 PM

Answers

  • Anrol said:

    Darien are you sure about this?  I have 5 computers networked as a LAN, 2 x XP, 1 x Vista dual booting with Windows 7, 1 x Windows 7 and a Vista laptop.  I have no passwords on any of them and I can open, delete, transfer, whatever with the files. 



    Yes, you are right in that you can share files between all OSes—including Linux—sans passwords, but that takes some tweaks and can lead to unsecured systems.  Microsoft, along with other OS vendors and various security experts, recommend the best practice of having passworded accounts to share files.  This is even more important for those people who fail to lockdown and secure their wireless routers.

     

    It can be very, very troublesome to try and iterate each and every possible method for password-less sharing.  Using a recommended and more secure method is a better suggestion (in my opinion) to those having trouble.  Later, after the user is aware and familiar of the recommended methods, he or she should then investigate “other” methods and workarounds.

    • Marked as answer by Nick FV Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:25 AM
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 11:34 PM

All replies

  • Well, your link takes me to the Forum site - not to a particular guide, so...I don't know what you have or haven't done.  Check to see if you have disabled password usage under advanced network settings.  This should solve your problem.
    Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:24 AM
  • Er I dunno how I done that, but heres the proper link. http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/26291.aspx

    I have checked and password is disabled.
    Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:41 AM
  •  Think you need to "turn off password protected sharing" in network sharing center - advanced sharing settings.
    Friday, February 27, 2009 9:48 AM
  • As of Windows Vista, you must have a password associated with an account.  Having an account sans password will generate the problems you are experiencing.

     

    On both computers, the XP and Windows 7 system, create a username and password that is consistent between both computers.  Using that account and password combination will then allow you to access both computer shares—providing you granted the passworded account proper access and permissions.

     

    Monday, March 2, 2009 3:29 AM
  • Hi,
    As DarienHawk67 says:
    "

    As of Windows Vista, you must have a password associated with an account.  Having an account sans password will generate the problems you are experiencing.

     

    On both computers, the XP and Windows 7 system, create a username and password that is consistent between both computers.  Using that account and password combination will then allow you to access both computer shares—providing you granted the passworded account proper access and permissions."


    That will be the solution for your problem.

    Regards,

    Tuesday, March 3, 2009 5:19 PM
  • Darien are you sure about this?  I have 5 computers networked as a LAN, 2 x XP, 1 x Vista dual booting with Windows 7, 1 x Windows 7 and a Vista laptop.  I have no passwords on any of them and I can open, delete, transfer, whatever with the files. 
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 12:31 PM
  • I can access files on all my computers, but it wasn't all that easy.  I have no password on my Windows 7 and my other desktop account.  My laptop account has a password.
     
    I have three computers on my network, 1 x XP Pro Desktop, 1 x XP Pro Laptop (Wireless Connection), and 1 Dual Boot XP on C:/ and Windows 7 on F:/.  I am using Norton 360 2.0 on all XP installations and Norton 360 Beta on the W7 drive.  Initially, I could see the laptop from either desktop (OS didn't matter on dual boot), but couldn't access the drive even though I could before.  On the laptop I could only see the other computers by entering \\servername\.  The shares would then show up.  In the "Manage Firewall" page of Norton, I had no active networks. In looking at the network map on Norton's home page it said the computer was offline, even though I could still access the internet and the shared folders.  Finally, after playing around a while I used the "Reset to Default" for the firewall and the problem was solved.

    I wasn't able to set up a Homegroup, but I was able to right click, select share, and choose specific people.  I made my shares available to everyone with full permissions.  I am still working on synchronizing files with GoodSync.  I will have to try SyncToy.
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 4:17 PM
  • Anrol said:

    Darien are you sure about this?  I have 5 computers networked as a LAN, 2 x XP, 1 x Vista dual booting with Windows 7, 1 x Windows 7 and a Vista laptop.  I have no passwords on any of them and I can open, delete, transfer, whatever with the files. 



    Yes, you are right in that you can share files between all OSes—including Linux—sans passwords, but that takes some tweaks and can lead to unsecured systems.  Microsoft, along with other OS vendors and various security experts, recommend the best practice of having passworded accounts to share files.  This is even more important for those people who fail to lockdown and secure their wireless routers.

     

    It can be very, very troublesome to try and iterate each and every possible method for password-less sharing.  Using a recommended and more secure method is a better suggestion (in my opinion) to those having trouble.  Later, after the user is aware and familiar of the recommended methods, he or she should then investigate “other” methods and workarounds.

    • Marked as answer by Nick FV Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:25 AM
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 11:34 PM