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Peer to peer network of XP and Win 7 computers.
New Win 7 computer - all sharing settings seem to be set to share, from the C:\ down thru the Public Folders.  Other computers in same workgroup see the computer name, but can't access the folders on it.
I set a network password under users  for that computer
I shared C: and everything under it, to the end of the path I need.
I set general sharing options to "everyone all the time"
Any ideas what else to try ?
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by:Tony Giangreco
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You should not share the entire hard drive. Assign specific folders and setup a share on them.

Make sure all users can ping the Win7 Pc. You might need to setup a Homegroup.

The Quote is directly out of the Help section of Win7 and should help you.
The easiest way to share files on a home network is to create or join a homegroup. A homegroup is a group of computers that share pictures, music, videos, documents, and even printers. The computers must be running Windows 7 to participate in a homegroup.

When setting up or joining a homegroup, you tell Windows which folders or libraries to share—and which to leave private. Windows then works behind the scenes to toggle between the appropriate settings. Other people can't change the files you share unless you give them permission. You can also protect your homegroup with a password, which you can change at any time.

Homegroups are available in all Windows 7 editions. However, in the Home Basic and Starter editions, you can only join a homegroup, not create one. Computers that belong to a domain can join a homegroup, but they can't share files. They can only access files shared by others.

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by:avib27
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Its a mixed XP and Win 7 workgroup - NOT a Homegroup
I only attempted to share the entire drive as an experiment
I can ping the XP computer from the Win7 computer BUT NOT in reverse (XP can not ping Win7)
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by:upalakshitha
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Set firewall profile to private or work network & turn off firewall.
Then you can ping to it & have access to it.
Turn on guest account if no risk. It is easiest way.
From local security policy > local policies > user rights assignments > 
add guest account to access this computer from network
remove guest from deny access to this computer from network
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by:upalakshitha
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other thing, did u configure advanced sharing settings ?
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I found the issue - I had installed Total Defense Premium Internet Security
THAT was what was blocking access.
Uninstalled it, and all is well.
Thank you everyone
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by:avib27
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All the other responses pointed me to the solution - which once again shows that sometimes it pays to stick to pure microsoft
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