Network sharing problem with Windows 7 Ultimate
Posted on 2012-08-28
I have set up many simple filesharing networks for customers in the past with no problem, using all Win 7 Pro computers. But today I ran into a situation where the customer owns two Win 7 Ultimate computers, and wanted me to set up the share for them. I did everything like I normally do, but when I try to access the shared PC, I get an 'access denied' message.
So before I go down the list of steps I took...is there anything different about Ultimate vs. Pro that I need to be aware of, in terms of networking?
In case there is nothing obvious to try, below are the steps I took--like I always do. I'll refer to the PC that will be sharing files as 'fileshare PC', and the other computer trying to connect as 'workstation PC'.
>>>On the fileshare PC:
Went to computer, right click on C: drive, share with advanced sharing, and they already had it shared as \\oscar\c. (I know there a plenty of reasons to not share the c: drive, but that's what they want in this case.) I then went to advanced sharing, where the permissions are set to full control.
The workstation PC has a computer name of 'oscar2', so I added a user named oscar2, as an administrator, and I used the same password that he used on his workstation PC.
Note that the user who uses the fileshare PC also is set up as an administrator-type of user, and I added a password for her today as well.
>>On the workstation PC:
I went to a cmd prompt and keyed in Net use N: \\oscar\c and it immediately says it was successful. I can then see the N: drive on Start> Computer. But the whole problem is that when I click on N: it says:
Location is not available
N:\ is not accessible
Access is denied.
I have checked and tried many things, including:
Turned off the Norton firewall temporarily on both computers.
Shared a specific folder on the filesharing computer (rather than the root of C:), but I get the same error.
I can ping both ways.
On the workstation PC I can go to Start and right click on Computer, and choose 'Map network drive', then click on 'Network' where I see 'Oscar', and then 'c' drive in the tree. But if I choose c, or a folder I tried to share on the fileshare PC, I immediately get:
Windows cannot access \\oscar\c
You do not have permission to access \\oscar\c......etc.
However, if I click on 'Users' on that same tree, it allows me to continue. And, if I map a network drive to \\oscar\users\public, for example, it works fine with no access denied errors.
I checked Network and sharing center> Advanced sharing settings on both computers, and Network discovery is turned on.
On the C: drive properties on the fileshare PC, I ran across the 'Security' tab--which I never need to use. But I saw a user named 'Authenticated Users', which had no permissions at all, so I tried to set the choices to 'Allow'. It ignored a few files and folders, but otherwise finished, and now shows the check marks--but that made non difference.
with all this in mind, I'm hoping someone has a suggestion on what to try next so I can map to the fileshare PC C: drive--despite it being a bad idea. I know it has worked quick and easy in the past, so hopefully there is something I'm missing here. TIA