XP home cannot access XP pro's shared folders

Posted on 2003-02-27
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I'm working on a small office network with two laptops in their own workgroup. One laptop has XP home, the other has XP pro. They can see each other fine, and see the shared folders, however, the XP home gets "access denied" errors when trying to access the shared folders on the XP pro. The XP pro gets full access to the XP home without problems.

I need both machines to have full access to each other's shared folders.

I was able to get the home to access the pro only by setting permissions for "everyone" in the pro's shared folders.

The current setup is:
+xp firewalls disabled
+simple file sharing disabled
+duplicate users on each PC match the other PC (XPhome user "asst" has no password, so XPpro has an additional user named "asst" without a password, and vice versa)
+these users were added to the sharing & security lists under "properties" for the shared folders, and are both set for full access

thanks in advance
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ID: 8037284
Try enabling the guest account on the XP Pro box. If it works, then it is a username/password thing. Or enable Simple file sharing on the XP Pro box because that is all that's available on the XP Home system.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8038528
on the Pro box
Run local security policy editor from control panel admin tools and set the local policy, Network Access: Let everyone permissions apply to anonymous users, to enabled and make sure guest account is enabled


Author Comment

ID: 8053552
Ok, I tried all the suggestions without any improvement. (enabling the guest account on the Pro box didn't work).

In addition, I played with some settings that looked helpful, but didn't have any success there either:
+Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords (was disabled)
+Network Access: Sharing and security model for local accounts (was 'guest only')

I'm also remembering two options I found somewhere on the home box:

+Authenticate as user when user info is available (enabled)
+Authenticate as guest when user info is not available (disabled)

Might those have any bearing?
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Expert Comment

ID: 8065314
Turn on simple file sharing. When simple file sharing is turned off you have to athenticate each user in the security tab.

Author Comment

ID: 8082301
Thanks, but I already tried that.

Author Comment

ID: 8086446
Well, a friend of mine suggested the solution that worked. The XP home user needed to have a password (on both machines). Initially, neither user had a password, for the sake of convenience. Now everything seems to work great. Silly XP.

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