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New shares do not work

alicia1234 asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Just got a Windows 7 pc. I have it on my network that has my "old" computer (Windows XP). All of the shared folders that I had on my XP machine are accessible.
But - in order to transfer all of my old stuff over to my new computer, I needed to share more folders. All of the folders that I just shared on my XP pc - I can't access them on my Windows 7 machine. I get an error: "You do not have permissions to access //<computer name>/<folder name>.
What am I missing?
As I said: all of the shares that were already set up work fine. It's the new ones that don't.
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Add the "Everyone" group to your share's security.

Use command level access and take ownership of the shares.

centery, the files he can't get to are on a share on another PC, not files on his pc.


Add the "Everyone" group to your share's security.
HOW? And on which PC - my new one or my old one.
And... I'm a "she" not a "he" ;-)

If you right click on the shared folder on the XP machine, choose properties>'sharing' tab, you can assign shared permissions to the everyone group.  

You should also make sure all machines are using the same 'workgroup' name.

If still not accessible, you can modify the permissions on the 'security' tab.

If you cannot access the 'sharing' or 'security' tabs you may need to disable 'Use simple file sharing' in the 'Folder Options' accessible under the 'view' menu from windows explorer.

You may also take ownership of the XP directory from the Win7 machine by right-click shared folder, 'Security' tab>Advanced>Owner

and he's a lucky man


The Everyone group is already in the permissions .. .with full control.
All machines are using the same workgroup - of course, because if they were not, I would not even be able to see the "old" machine's folders on my "new" machine.
I think you've all missed this key point: every share that was already set up on my XP machine works just fine; it's the new shares that don't. ;-)
I am going to reboot my XP pc and see if that makes a difference.


I rebooted .. didn't help.
>> You may also take ownership of the XP directory from the Win7 machine by right-click shared folder, 'Security' tab>Advanced>Owner

 I tried that and it gives an access denied.

Did you by chance disable any of the security prompts in Win7?
If the shares are working fine on your XP machines, then you should get a security prompt from Win7 while trying to access the XP machines...which of course you should grant permission.

and with WinVista/7 you would still be able to see the shares even if joined to a different workgroup.

If all that you are trying to do is transfer the files, then you can attempt take 'ownership' which should allow full access


The shares that were already set up on the XP machine work just find on the Windows 7 machine. It's only the new shares(that I created today) on the XP machine that I cannot access on the Windows 7 machine.
Take ownership does not work (as reported earlier). It gives an access denied error. (Yes - all I am trying to do is copy the files)
Obviously, I am missing something.

If you are doing this just to transfer files, maybe you can move the files that are working on the XP machine to one of the shares that works. that way you can get to them.


This appears to be a problem with the XP pc and nothing to do with Windows 7. I tried to access the newly shared folders from another XP pc and I get the same error.
Something must be screwed up on the XP pc but I cannot figure out what. What should I be looking for to determine why these new shares are not working?

Hi there alicia1234,,,

Frankly, I have seen several people complaining about something similar  both in the real life and in the internet ... However, I will post all what comes to my mind and what I can get and I hope they are useful

1- Just for testing something are you able to access the folders using Ms DOS " CMD"(black screen) ??? or you are getting the same error messages .
2- Although you are able to access the previously created folders could you just check if there is a firewall restriction
and ,,,
Check if there is any local security restriction

Check if there is a Group Policy for the newly created folders " please becarefull check only dont change any thing now"

3 check the suggested solutions in these similar cases :


Best Wishes


If  you doubt an XP issue please refer to the following steps and check

Or you can also go to the links in my previous post and apply the steps mentioned for more investigations

Best Wishes


I'll say it again: it is only the new shares that don't work. So there is nothing wrong with file/printer sharing settings, workgroup names, etc. The only shares that do not work are the ones I created yesterday.

I turned off all firewall and security settings and still they do not work.

I checked all of your links and nothing helps.

You said to check to see if there is a group policy for the newly created folders but I could not figure out how to do that. I ran the group policy manager as described in the link, but there is nothing there that is obvious as to how to see if there is a policy applied to the newly shared folders.

I did not find any local policies on the XP pc that seem out of line.

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