We performed what we thought would be a very straight forward task.
1x New Deticated computer running windows 7 64bit home premium to store files and shares for the little network of 6 or 7 computers.
1x windows vista computer
2x windows 7 laptops
and the rest windows XP computers (they havent failed so they dont want to replace them yet.
They used to have the files stored on one of the windows XP computers. The network was slow, but they did not have any drop outs of connecting to the shared files etc.
We installed the Windows 7 dedicated computer and spent the whole saturday getting it going. To make it secure, we opted to share the files on the dedicated computer with permissions and set each computer accessing it, the same username and password that allowed the shares.
The computers worked great. But then began the problems.
The only problems experienced are with teh windows XP computers connecting to the shared folders.
The Windows 7 and vista computers have no problem.
If we restart the dedicated computer, it might allow access again but then might allow for 6 hours or a day then drop off connections again.
We added permissions on the dedicated computer to allow access from everyone in the permissions tab. But there is still problems.
Strange, all the windows XP computers had been wiped and reinstalled windows again (to give them a cleanout and speed them up) but only the windows XP computer have this issue.
We have searched the net, implemented solutions from other websites and have had minimal success. We have now set to not required password protected sharing at all just in case but we are holding our breath for it to happen again. (yesterday) what is going on? Why is it only windows XP computers? This stuff is not rocket science and with the win vista and win 7 computes having NO problems at all?
Has anyone else had these type of issues and what has to be done? It has crossed my mind to implemenet win 7 on these older computers but is a budget constraint. HELP!!