Office Documents are locked in a Windows 7 Workgroup
Posted on 2010-09-15
We have a Windows workgroup. The workgroup contains Windows 7, XP and Vista computers so homegroup is not an option. On the workgroup we have one shared folder that is backed up. The shared documents contains Quickbooks datafile as well as all Office 2010 word docs and excel spreadsheets. The name of the workstation is called "server." All computers have a mapped drive to the shared folder on the server.
Quickbooks works fine as well as notepad text files and picture editing. However we are having problems with the office docs. Most of the time, whenever a person is working on the server, any files saved to the shared folder can only be opened as a read only document and cannot be edited. We get the error message "Document is locked and is locked for editing by 'another user'." These error messages only occur on word and excel docs. Sometimes, however, they work fine.
Also, all folders on the Server computer have the read-only attribute ticked off. Everytime we untick it it comes back. Pemissions for the shared folder are set to everyone full control.
Any ideas why we are having problems shring office docs over the network? I have a suspicion that the office 2010 are paying attention to the Read-only attribute as opposed to the pictures and text documents don't. Is it possible to setup simple file sharing like they used to have in xp? The entire workgroup experience with winodws seems slow and less elegant when compared to xp / vista workgroups. Sometimes it takes 30 seconds to see a newly created file accross the network - even if you hit refresh 4 or 5 times.
Are we perhaps better off by moving the shared data to the xp machine?