98 to XP - No Permission to Access Resource

Posted on 2004-11-07
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
The Win98SE system is set to Client MS Network Login, User Name-Password has been used, and the remote WinXP PC I'm connecting to has the User Name-Password set for the 98 system. I've been able to access the various shared folders of the XP system while on the 98 system.

The only problem Im experiencing is the error message: No permission to access resource. It occurs when I connect to \\MyWinXPSystem\. I was expecting connecting like this will display the list of shared resources found on the system like it used to for Win2000. Of course directly connecting to \\MyWinXPSystem\E will properly access the shared folder E.

Why am i experiencing this minor nusiance on my Win98 system? What permission did i miss on XP? The NTFS and Shared permission are set to allow me to access the folder (Full Control). My XP user account has Administrator rights.

Question by:ljaques
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    Windows XP (at least PRO) defaults a setting in Local Security Settings to something very unhelpful.
    Check Local Security Settings, Network access:
    Sharing and security model for local accounts.  
    This may be set to (default) Guest only - local users authenticate as Guest.  
    Change this to Classic: local users authenticate as themselves.

    Start/run: gpedit.msc
       Local Computer Policy
         Computer Configuration
          +Windows Settings
             +Security Settings
               +Local Policies
                 +Security Options
              Double-click on Network Access:Sharing and Security Model for local accounts--
                     --change to "Classic - local users authenticate as themselves"

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    disable simple file and print sharing
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    Turn on guest account and set her to administrations privileges... test.. if u can use the xp resources, create an user account with the win98 username.
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    make sure that the username and password are the same on both the win98 machine and the windows xp machine.


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    Nostravamus, It seems that you are correct!  Ok, can you please explain to me why i must do this to get my problem resolved...  I had to turn on Guest Account and set it to Admin privledges as you said.  Anything less would continue to produce the error.
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    Nostravamus, a dangerous thing to do without understanding the implications of enabling Guest and makiing it an administrator!

    Is the Windows 98 computer in the same workgroup as the Windows XP computer?
    Is the username used defined on the Windows XP computer?
    Is the password keyed on the Windows 98 computer exactly the same as what is on the Windows XP computer?

    Check out the local security policy `Network Access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users`.  By default it's disabled.  Try setting this policy to `enabled` and see what happens?  I'm assuming that you have installed SP2?  SP2 tightens security settings.

    Just something to try.

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    >> Is the Windows 98 computer in the same workgroup as the Windows XP computer?

    >> Is the username used defined on the Windows XP computer?

    >> Is the password keyed on the Windows 98 computer exactly the same as what is on the Windows XP computer?
    yes, though the password is <blank> for both.  At least i didnt provide any on XP and log in on 98 with <blank>.

    I'll check out the Local Security Policy...
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    Ah.  Yes, do check the security policy!  By default XP does not allow an account access from the network if it's password is blank.
    See the security policy `Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only`.
    By default this policy is enabled.  Turn it off.  Be aware of the security implications.

    Personally, I opted for the inconvenience and always use passwords.  I only use accounts with no passwords for very special reasons when there is no other easy option.
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    A mistake I make is is assuming that you're using XP Professional.  I don't think you can access the local security policies in XP Home.  Is this the case?

    If this is the case then there is a registry edit you can make to do the same.

    IMPORTANT:  Be sure you know what you're doing with RegEdit.  ALWAYS TAKE A BACKUP IN CASE YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG AND THE OPERATING SYSTEM MISBEHAVES AND YOU HAVE TO RESTORE FROM THIS BACKUP!  You (or anyone else) plays with the operating system's registry database at their oen risk.

    I have verified that this is the correct registry key and value.

    Start `RedEdit` and navigate to the following registry branch:

    If the registry entry `limitblankpassworduse` does not exist, create it and make it a DWORD numeric value.
     1 = If the local account has a blank password then only a local console logon is permitted.
     0 = If the local account has a blank password then both network and local consol logons are permitted.
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    Than you for the points.  One good thing after a blazing argument I've just had.  [=:
    If your syste XP Pro or XP Home?  Just curious.

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