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Unable to access Vista shared folders from Windows 98

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My PC has Windows Vista Ulitmate 64 bit operating System.
I use VMware.  I have two virtual PCs:  one Windows XP and one Windows 98.
On my PC (Vista), I have 3 partitions that I use in all 3 operating systems:  1 for drivers and other downloaded software that I need to install on Vista, XP or 98; 1 for CD/DVD images of software including games; 1 for my data.
Windows 98 can see the Vista PC in network neighborhood but cannot connect to it.  If I try to use network neighborhood to access the VISTA PC, I get the message:  you must provide a password to make ths connection....resource \\machinename\IPC$
If I try to access the Vista PC using \\machinename\sharename, I get the message:  Cannot find the file or item "\\machinename\harename".  Make sure the path and file name are correct.

I have the same user name and user password set on Vista and Windows 98.
On Vista, I've made all the networks private,   I've turned "on" all settings under "Sharing and Discovery" except "Media Sharing".
On Windows 98, I've installed "dsclient9x" and enabled NTLMv2 by setting registry keys.
When that did not work, I changed VISTA to use LM and NTLM -- use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated in the secpol.msc.

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If you enable the "Everyone" group in Vista in the permissions of your shared folders, 98 will be able to access the shares, but unfortunately not very reliably ['98 sees the structure fine; but often "hangs" when actually accessing the files].   It's MUCH more reliable in the "other" direction -- if you simply copy files you want to share to a shared folder on '98 from within Vista.

A MUCH more reliable method to share files between the various virtual PC's is to use shared folders.   Unfortunately, VMWare does not support shared folders from a '98 guest => but Virtual PC 2007 does.   You may want to rebuild your virtual machines in Virtual PC 2007 (don't forget to apply the service pack).
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I can do that as a last resort.  I would have to copy several gigabytes of data to the windows 98 virutal PC, most of this space is copies of CDs for games.  I use Alcohol 120% to do virtual CD so I don't have to use the actual physical CD's.
I've found some additional info using google that I'm going to try.  Other suggestions are welcome.
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No need to copy the ISO's to the '98 virtual machine => just share the folder that contains the ISO's ... this would also let them be easily available to all of your virtual machines.   The shared folder just "looks" like a disk drive to '98 ==> e.g. drive Z, X, Y, etc.

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Actually that is my problem, Windows 98 cannot access shared folders on Windows Vista (64 bit).  I have successfully mapped a shared folder, but Windows 98 will lock up unpredictably when I use files or browse the shared folder.
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I'm referring to Virtual PC's 2007 shared folders --> NOT network shares ... I'm well aware of 98's problems when trying to share Vista folders via a network.
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OK.  I'm not familar with Virtual PC.  Under VMware the shared folders all get lumped under one mapping (if my memory is correct, I don't use that feature).
I haven't given up on VMware/Vista/Win98 yet, but I will try Virtual PC 2007.  I just hope it is as easy as VMware to setup.
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VMWare shared folders don't work with Windows 98 ==> but Virtual PC's do.   It's VERY simple to set up :-)
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I've loaded Virtual PC 2007 SP1.
The shared folders do work in both Windows 98 and XP.
I'm having some issues.
On my Host PC (Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit), I have a D: partition which is Fat32 and holds AutoIt scripts used to install software on my PC.
I have a compiled script stored on D:
From VMware, Windows XP guest OS, I can run the program after mapping the D: drive.
From Virtual PC 2007 guest OS XP, I get an error.
From Virtual PC 2007 guest OS Windows 98, absolutely nothing happens when I run the program.
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Correction:  the problem only occurs on Windows 98.  I found the problem with Windows XP guest.
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This solution can be made to work in my situation since I'm using virtual PCs instead of real one's.  Thanks for the advice.  I forgot about Virtual PC 2007 being a free download so it didn't cost me anything.
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