I am helping a friend setup 5 pcs in a small network. All 5 pcs are running Windows 7 Home Premium. I followed all the steps mentioned in my prev question.
Ok so I changed the workgroup for all pcs to a new name. I restarted all pcs. I then made sure the folder on the "mainpc" was shared and then went into security tab to allow "everyone" access. I also for simplicity sake made sure the mainpc did not have a username/pass associated with it. ( how my friend wanted it.) I made sure the selection was selected to not require a log on password for the shared folder on the main pc.
Heres where it gets weird. I restarted all the pcs and made sure that all could see the "main pc's shared folder" under the networks section of each individual pc's control panel. I was then messing with the last pc that wasnt seeing the main pc in the network and all of a sudden when going back to check on the other pcs they could no longer see the mainpc in the network anymore. 1 of the pcs continued to be able to always see the shared folder, but the other 3 no longer could see it.
Is there some crazy setting on Windows 7 Home Premium that might have "turned itself off" on either the individual pcs or the main pc? I even check the ip address and made sure they could ping the mainpc ip address which they could, they just could not see it anymore in the network area. Then I tried to map the shared hard drive and it would not let me "browse" for it since it couldn't see it.
Any thoughts? Or is there some other way of doing this? maybe a third party program since Windows 7 home premium does not even want to continue to talk to each other? Crazy.
(in case you forgot, all pcs are connected via Clear WixFBR-117 which has a built in wireless router)