Win 7 Laptop not able to access Win 7 computer

I have a client running a Windows Home Server network.  There is a laptop that cannot connect to another peer in the network.  

I have tried all the advanced network settings I could find on the web, and have turned password protected sharing off.  I have turned the firewall off on both laptop and inaccessible workstation.

The laptop can connect to the server and the other Win 7 station.  But as soon at the inaccessible workstation is clicked, a login box pops up.  No login will work.  I have defined a new administrative user and used that login information but it will not allow access.

The inaccessible workstation can read and write to the shares on the laptop, which is how the client works around this problem.  The laptop can ping the inaccessible workstation.  The other Win7 machine can access the inaccessible (to the laptop) workstation.

The client is stuck on wanting to be able to access their home workstation from their laptop.
dabassguy1Asked:
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dabassguy1Connect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Client has not allowed me back to attempt the last suggestion.

Please close this question.
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
can you ping to computer?

whats does net view  display?
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netballiCommented:
Assuming the workstation and laptop are not domain members when you try to login to the workstation on from laptop the login prompt comes up

try putting the user name as <workstation name>\<admin account on workstation>
try if this works.
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Kash2nd Line EngineerCommented:
follow this procedure, it will work >> http://www.wikihow.com/Access-Shared-Folders-in-Windows-7
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mprssjprCommented:
Yeah - in addition, the admin account on the target computer MUST have a password. Blank passwords mess this up.
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dabassguy1Author Commented:
I can ping the computer.  Net view \\inaccworkstation results in system error 5 has occurred.

I have also tried inaccworkstation\username with password and get access denied.

The passwords exists and are being typed in.  No blank passwords.

The client has used the Homegroup sharing in the past and refers to it as a "total nightmare for us."  

This was working until shortly ago.

Jeff
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dabassguy1Author Commented:
More information.

If I map using the IP addy, \\192.168.2.11\data, I can map to shared drives from the inaccessible workstation.  And I am not asked a login to get to the shares.

If I map using the machine name \\Mach_name\data, I get the same access denied errors I was getting earlier.  

As a workaround, I have mapped using the IP address.  But the client wants to know what's going on.

Jeff
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netballiCommented:
on the laptop edit the hosts file and add the entry for
192.168.2.11 <workstation name>

now try to login. from laptop
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dabassguy1Author Commented:
Client has not had me back onsite to try host file modification.  Question must be closed.
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