Background: for years, I've been setting up XP networks, using simple file sharing. A typical network would have "WS1" computer, used by one person in the office for normal work, plus it would hold the shared files--say for Quickbooks, for example. We would typically share the root of C:, fully accessible for the other computers on the network. Then, we might set up WS2 and WS3 to map to the C: drive of WS1 as F:. We never had to log in at all. All we had to do was map the connection, and it worked just fine for all three computers every day.
Fast forward to last week, as I set up a 3-computer Win 7 Pro network, again trying to use simple file sharing. WS2 and WS3 could map to the shared C: drive of WS1 with no problem--EXCEPT that they had to log in each time either one was restarted. Checking the box to save the credentials did not help. The login info we used to gain access to WS1 was the Windows login name and password of WS1.
Here is the question: is there some way to make Win 7 networking work like XP networking? I wouldn't mind if WS2 and WS3 had to log in one time, maybe, while we're establishing the drive mapping. But having to do it every time is, in the customers' words, "unacceptable". I know we can set up a batch file to make this automatically log in each time, but even that was not consistent on one slow XP computer. And, of course, we didn't have to do such workarounds with XP.
What has Microsoft done to make it this way, and/or what can I do to make it work like XP? Could it have something to do with the UAC setting, which is set to lowest on all three Win 7 computers?
Or, what if we set up three 'users' on WS1--rather than just the login for WS1? In other words, if I set up a WS2 user account and a WS3 user account on WS1, would that solve the problem, because the WS1 computer would know the other computers are legit? I hate to populate the WS1 login screen with three user names, but I think they would go for that--if that is the solution.
Or, is there something else I need to do to make Win 7 networking act like XP networking? Are there some registry changes I can make?
Do passwords make a difference? All three computers have passwords.
Are there some settings I need to set and/or change in the 'Network and Sharing Center' on WS1?
SURELY there is a way to make this as easy as XP networking---I hope. TIA