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Can Not Access Network Drive for File Sharing

Hi Everyone:

       I am interested in correcting a problem on my network consisting of 2 computers.  Specifically, whenever I try to access the contents of any folder on Computer 2 (superdan)  from Computer 1 (george), I get the following message: Folder inaccessiable.. Make sure you have permission to access this folder from your administrator.  When I went to Computer 2 named superdan, I could not see Computer 1 (george) at all on this one.  What few folders which appeared had paper like icons instead of the usual folder icon display.  However. both drives on both computers indicating being shared.

       At this point, I am not sure what direction to go with this.  Computer 1 is running Windows XP Pro SP2 and Computer 2 is running Windows XP Pro.

       Any help regarding this question will be appreciated.  

       Thank you

       George
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grakemCommented:
1. run the network setup wizard on both pcs.  
click onto my computer, then my network places then run the network setup wizard.

If it still doesn't work I receommend you switch off all firewalls and see if it works without.
If it STILL doesn't you should check your sharing permissions.  You can do this by right clicking on a folder that you want to share on the second machine and click on sharing and security.  You should set sharing to allow everyone full control. or read only depending on who is accessing the machine,.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

        Could you give me instructions for running the network setup wizard?

        Thanks

        George
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grakemCommented:
To run the Network Setup Wizard  click Start -> Control Panel -> Network And Internet Connections -> Setup Or Change Your Home Or Small Office Network. Follow the instructions in each screen and press Next to continue. and follow the instructions and away you go!
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There:

         Will I need to execute these instructions for both pc's on the LAN?

         George
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone:

        I wanted to update everyone regarding the status of this situation.  The pc can see one another, however, on PC 2, there are extra steps for seeing PC 1 as compared to PC1 seeing PC2.  For example, whenever My Network Places are opened from PC1, I see the local drive and the network drive.  However, whenever I open up My Network Places within PC2, there are extra steps involved just to see the local and network driver.  For instance, on PC2, I have to double click on My Network Places, go to Entire Network, go to Microsoft Windows Network, then, go to the name of our LAN, which is MSHome.  From there, I am finally able to see the local and network drives.  Is there a way of simplifying these steps so there is not so many icons to open on PC2.  I am interested in getting it like PC1 if possible.  In other words, I want to see both the local and network drives whenever My Network Places are opened on both pc's.  

        With regards to file access, I am needing further assistance.  While PC1 can see and access the files from PC2 after resetting the File Permissions, PC2 only see c: or the root harddrive.  Whenever I double-click on the c:, an hour glass appears but never leaves.  At that point, I have to restart the pc to get back to the desktop.  I theorize there is some background running processes or applications which is preventing PC2 from accessing PC1's folders and files.  

         Any further ideas on this scenario will be appreciated.  I look forward to hearing from everyone at their convenience.

        Thank you

        George
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There:

       Incidentally, does it matter which computer Network Setup Wizard should be performed on first?  The pc with the direct connection to the router or the pc with the wireless connection?

      Thanks

      George
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

       Just one more thing.... I just recently straightened out a very difficult internet connection problem with the pc on the wireless.  If I run Network Wizard, is there any likelihood of it detering or having a negative impact upon the pc's internet connectivity?

       Thanks

       George
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There:

        Thanks so much for the followups.  The problem is now resolved.  In addition to running Network Wizard on both pc's and turning firewall off, we had to disable a few things withing Services and Startup of the problem pc.  

        Once again, many thanks for the help.

        George
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