Windows 7 File Sharing issue

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a strange issue at a client's office.

I setup a new windows 7 machine to share files. The folder that is being shared will randomly "hide" certain folders to all network users. So network users running XP cannot see certain folders in the share. If a network user were to try to create a folder in the share using the same name as the "hidden" folder, windows tells them that a folder with that name already exists, so the network user's computer can clearly tell that the folder is there, they just can't see it.

I've checked permissions on the folders in question, and they match all the other folders, and the hidden attribute is not checked.

Any ideas?
Question by:newtoexchange
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    To trouble shoot the issue, can u give that user full control on the NTFS permission?  Can also give the everyone group full controll on the share.  Log the user off and log back in again.  Can the user now see the folders?
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    The general steps of troubleshooting this from Microsoft appear to be the following 3 steps:

    1. Temporarily disable firewall and antivirus program. (This probably isn't your issue)

    2. Assure the following services are started: Computer Browser, Server, Workstation (These may be?)

    3. Restart the Windows 7 machine in Safe Mode with Networking and try to access it from Windows XP machine again.  (You can probably do this in normal mode.  Safe mode is if you disable your firewall)

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    If you disable the WIndows 7 Homegroup and make just a regular sharing network, it might work for you...

    Accepted Solution

    I found the issue, it had to do with Avast 6.0 internet security. As soon as that program was uninstalled, all began working well and as expected.

    Thanks anyways!
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