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  • Question

  • I am trying to link a Windows 7 machine with a laptop running Windows XP.  The workgroup on both computers is the same.  On the Win7 machine, I have a couple of folders set to be shared.  The first is the C Drive and the share name is C-drive.  The second is Quickbooks that I have named Quickbooks. 

    On the XP machine, I went to map network drive and in the blank typed \\Remote1\C-drive.  It asked for username and password and just like that we were connected.  But I can't see all of the files on this drive.  I don't even see all of the folders - one of which is Quickbooks.  So I tried \\Remote1\Quickbooks and Windows XP couldn't find that path even though I'm positive that folder is shared on Win7.  So no matter what I try, I can't see this folder on the XP machine

    I even tried copying this folder to other locations around the computer and setting up shares in hope that something would work, but it never did.  So I went back to the C Drive share on the XP machine.  I tried to go in reverse, creating a file and putting it on the root of the c drive (I did this on the XP machine, but the file should have actually been located on the Win7 machine.  When I check Win7, the file didn't exist.  So I tried the other way.  I right clicked on the c drive in Win7 and created a new bitmap image file.  Back to the XP laptop, that file doesn't show.  But if I look at the c-drive on Win7 from the xp machine, I see several other folders and some of them like Program Files contains actual files.  But some of them are just empty such as \\Remote1\C-drive\users\administrators\documents.  I can get to that point, but there is nothing in the documents folder.

    Why are some files (mainly system files) showing up in XP and most of them are not showing up?  In Windows 7, I have made sure I've given "Everyone" full read/write access.  I've networked many computers and I've never had this problem.

    One more thing that I tried: I went to the my network places in windows explorer and tried to find the folders that way.  When I did, it did not see any of the shares including the c drive, however it did see shares from other computers on the network (none of which are running Win7)  So the only way I could see them was to physically type in the path into the map network drive window.  Again, only c-drive would map.  "Quickbooks" would not map even though it is shared.

    I hope I've given enough info here to get some help.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

    • Edited by TechGuy795 Friday, May 4, 2012 7:40 PM
    Friday, May 4, 2012 7:06 PM


  • Hi,

    Based on my knowledge, please try the following:

    1. When you are prompted to input the username and password, please use your Windows 7’s username and password.

    2. If it is failed to help, please search Advanced sharing settings in Control Panel, click Manage advanced sharing settings and expand Home or Work. In the Password protected sharing section, please choose Turn off password protected sharing.

    Now, please the issue again and see how it works.

    Hope this helps.


    Jeremy Wu

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, May 7, 2012 2:10 PM