win 7 Home on 2 machines shows different sized network server share

Posted on 2012-09-16
Last Modified: 2012-09-23
Two users on their own machines have equal rights to a shared folder on a windows 2003 R2 machine.
Both are running win 7 home edition

'My Computer' on the first shows the share connected as a lettered network drive of 200GB with a green bar and 26GB free space equal to the same the server shows on its console.
The other machine shows the same shared folder share connected as a lettered network drive of only 2GB with a RED bar and ONLY 1.2MB free space.

As win 7 Home cannot connect to a domain, both machines are set in a workgroup which is the same name as the domain the server is in.

The Win 7 Home on the first machine is a 1 year older  edition than the 2nd...that's all that is different. (So I am reluctant to update the earlier one)

What registry or other setting controls this network drive size determination in Win7 Home such that one machine is getting it wrong.?
Is this a 'no solution' problem SO upgrading to Win 7 Pro is the only way, and all will be solved when I join the machines to the domain?
Question by:cliffrt
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    Accepted Solution

    Likely the server is set up with a quota for hard drive space for the user with only 2 GB total space showing, and that user has stored just under 2 GB already.
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    by:John Hurst
    Make sure both machines have Service Pack 1 installed and both are at the same update level (there are a lot of Windows updates over the past year).

    Also try a different (third) machine to see if one or both machines are wrong.

    I have never had to use registry settings to make Windows 7 Pro work and display correctly on any recent server (Windows 2003 forward).

    Both machines should be Pro to work well with a server, but try the above things first.

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    Expert Comment

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    Q: what is the true status of the share?
    Q: are you using the same username and password from both machines to connect to the share?
    Q: any quota restrictions on the share?

    Author Closing Comment

    Many thanks....didn't realize after taking over admin of this server that quotas was on!
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    by:Norm Dickinson
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