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Windows 7 and Windows XP file sharing Drop Outs


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!!

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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>>> We added permissions on the dedicated computer to allow access from everyone in the permissions tab. <-- what permission tab? That is, what folder are you sharing.

Also on the Windows 7 machine, go to Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Advanced settings -> Home/Work. Make sure everything in the is set allow sharing and for sure do NOT use Homegroup.

Make sure your network adapter on the Windows 7 machine is set to Home/Work and NOT Public.

Make sure firewalls on all machines have been set to allow the entire internal subnet.

Make sure Windows XP has not been set for Simple File Sharing and in Windows 7 I generally do not use the Sharing Wizard. Try mapping the drive in Windows Explorer explicity (instead of browsing).

Finally, for this purpose, I most certainly would have used Windows 7 Professional.  

... Thinkpads_User
make sure all service packs and optional items are installed on the windows XP machines. Make network discovery is turned on for windows 7, make sure all computers are part of the same workgroup and that they can ping each other by netbios name.
If you see the comparison of windows 7 versions, you will not find win 7 home premium suitable for a PC on a network, sharing files or services.

I would suggest you server OS like windows 2003.
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Also, make sure the computers are in the same workgroup, and their network security settings allow for viewing each others' shared folders.

Hope this helps,

Are you exceeding 10 client machines connecting to the one acting as file server?
pcpitstop_auAuthor Commented:
We had to resolve on our own
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. I am glad you got it resolved. ... Thinkpads_User

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