Connecting to a Windows 8 Share

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2013-06-22
Ok, I feel kind of dumb asking this question, but after hours of trial and error, I am very frustrated.  Maybe someone can help.

I have a Windows 8 PC, where my primary account is connected to my Live ID.  When I login to this account normally, it is my Live email address "" and my Live password.  No problem.

So now I go to a second computer running Windows 7.  Both PC's are connected to the same physical router by LAN cable right next to each other.   I want to map a network drive to C: on my win8 PC.  Connections used to work when both PCs used win7.  I've shared c: and given all users full permissions (dangerous, I know, but I want to get this to work) on the win8 pc.  I enter the address as "\\[win8pcname]\c$" on the "map network drive" dialog of the win7 pc.  

This is where I have trouble.  When it prompts me for the login info, nothing I enter as a login will succeed.  I've tried:


I've typed the password in Notepad to verify I'm typing it correctly and pasted it in.  I've tried it with no password and with old passwords that I used before connecting to Live.  Nothing.

Any ideas how to properly format my credentials so that the network share is created??
Question by:EdwardAF
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    Expert Comment

    ok, sorry this prob wont help
    but when i had my windows 8 pc linked to the live id
    i just used my liveid

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    by:Brad Bouchard
    Before I offer my one suggestion, try making a share to some folder on the C drive rather than the root ($).  Make it called test on the c drive and share it with default permissions.  So you will then have a share that looks like this:  \\win8pcname\test

    If you can navigate to that from the Win7 pc and it logs in with one of the 4 tried username/password combos above let me know.  If that also doesn't work, please let me know, thanks.

    Author Comment

    Thank you for the comments.  I tried the suggestions, but no change in result.  I shared a folder below the root and attempted to connect.  I used the 4 combinations above, including the syntax, and it gives me an error:  "The operation failed because the specified user is invalid."

    Do you have any other ideas?

    Accepted Solution

    I finally figured this out.  The login should be:

    MicrosoftAccount\[name] (or, etc.)

    Author Closing Comment

    This was the solution.

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