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\\winxppc is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource

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Why am I getting the following error when trying to access a shared folder from a Windows XP Pro machine on the same network. "\\winxppc is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource"?

Note: if I switch to Simple File Sharing our give access to "Everyone" it works fine. However, I need to authenticate by user name and password for better security.

Does anyone know what could be causing this?
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if the original drive(s) are still mapped, consider disconnecting the mapped drives and then try.

Also try using \\winxppc\sharedfolder while trying to connect with the specific username and password.
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Thanks for the quick response irtualxistance!  No drives are mapped to that folder. Connecting to the direct share does not work. I still get a prompt for username and password.

Note: I also tried adding the same username and password on both computers but that did not work.
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update. There was a mapped drive to that shared folder on the same computer as the shared folder. When I removed it everything worked. Thanks!!
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I assume neither of these computers is part of an active directory domain?

Are they both on the same workgroup?

Can you access the computer by putting:   \\ip address  instead of \\computername?
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