From what I have learned here and other help sites, I am not able to share from a Windows 7 system to an XP Pro or Vista unless the XP or Vista shares from the Windows 7 "Public" folder. I can see anything on the Windows 7 system looking towards files being shared by Vistas or XP Pro. This is a one-way process.
This has created a gigantic problem with my "legacy" Windows XP and Vista. I would like to move up to Windows 7 on a couple of key machines. To do so I must have access to specific folders other than "Public" on the newer Windows 7 system. The company is not going to allow me to upgrade all machines to Windows 7 so that I could configure a 'Home Group".
Is there any third party software available that would allow me to have complete and totat control in setting up shares between Vista, XP and Windows 7? Of, course, Samba comes to mind. I have run Samba on Unix and setup shares to Microsoft systems. Looking for suggestions.