I have a small home wired/wireless network, two Windows 7 untimate 64 pcs. Desktop (Dell XPS-8300) is used as file server for wireless laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad T520) plus a wireless HP Photosmart 7520 printer.
I have several folders/files on the desktop shared over the network with the laptop, read/write privliges.
the system has been working very well with the laptop able to reconnect to the desktop shared files at boot up.
I am now getting re-connection errors and the laptop will not reconnect to the desktop's previously shared files. I can "ping" the printer and laptop from the desktop with replys, and the desktop and printer from the laptop with replys.
The laptop cannot re-connect to the desktop files/folders. When I attempt to re-connect I get a Restoring Network Connections error, "An error occurred while reconnecting N: to \\folder name, The network path was not found". This connection has not been restored, the specified network provider name is invalid.
I am not aware of any changes to the system that occurred prior to the fille sharing problem .
The root cause now appears to be that the subject folders/ files on the desktop are no longer set up for sharing. I don't seem to be able to share any files or folders on the desktop. When I try I get error messages that, "Your folder can't be shared". I've deactivated the Norton Internet Security, haven't uninstalled it yet, and the problem persists.
Best I can tell, sharing is enabled.
It's the age old story, it's work very well until now. I'd appreciate some guidance in resolving this issue.