Permissions problems with Zip files over local network

Posted on 2004-10-25
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I have a simple network between my desktop and laptop using a wired router. I can pretty much do anything on the shared folders I want to except some actions with some zip files.  However, if I try to add files to a zip file across the network I get this WinZip error:

"Could not open \\Dell\etc\etc\..\ .
Probably cause, file sharing or file permissions problem."

I also get a similar problem if I try to copy a zip file from one machine overwriting a zip file with that same name on the other. I get an error that says I don't have permission to overwrite the file. There seems to be a directional issue here.  If I try to push a zip file (overwriting one with the same name) from the desktop to the laptop over the network, I get an error.  If I'm on the laptop and try to pull a zip file, it works, but I can't push one to the desktop.

The problem only occurs with zip files. Any other file type I can push, pull and overwrite in either direction.  The folder two levels up is the folder that is shared.  I have the 'share over the network' and the 'let remote users modify my files' checked.  I'm using WindowsXP Home-SP2 and WinZip 9.0 SR-1.

The rest of the networking seems just fine: File/Printer/Internet connection sharing, and all other kinds of file transfer all work.  Only the Zip files are the problem.

One other note, the desktop is using FAT32 and the laptop is using NTFS.

Any ideas?
Question by:zox625
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    Expert Comment

    You probably are using Simple File Sharing, and when you access other computers across a network, you are most likely authenticating as 'Guest'.  Which has limited privledges.

    You say, however, that it only happens with zip files, which sounds like firewall software, though.  Anyway, first thing we should do is to check the NTFS permissions of the zip file in question.  right-click the file and choose properties.  Then goto the security tab, and notice who has what type of access.

    Author Comment

    I'm just using Windows Firewall (SP2) on both machines.  When I check right-click/properties on the zip file, I don't see a security tab at all on Zip files, just 'General' and 'Summary'.   Is that right?  I checked a couple other file types and none of those show a 'Security' tab either (under properties.  Again, using WindowsXP Home edition.

    I don't know if I'm using 'simple file sharing' or what that really means; that checkbox isn't available to me under Tools/Folder Options View.  I've just shared the various folders on both machines with Right-click/Properties/Sharing.

    Any other help is appreciated.

    Gregg C.
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    Expert Comment

    ok, then your drive is probably a FAT partition as oppossed to an NTFS partition adn you can't set security properties on files.

      You can try to disable the firewall just for testing.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for your attention, adamdrayer.  It looks like it had something to do with Windows Firewall.  I turned Windows Firewall off and installed Sygate Personal Firewall (free) and now I can manipulate all the zip files in any way across the network.  

    One more reason not to use Windows Firewall :)

    Thanks.  If you want to take the points, you get credit for helping me fix this.

    Gregg Cattanach
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    Accepted Solution

    if you think i deserve them, then sure I'll take them.  But if you think i don't, by all means post a qusetion in Community Support and ask to have them refunded.  

    I'm cool either way

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