Basic Windows Desktop Security prob

I've been working on my own from home too long...but...I've got two laptops Vista + Win7, the Win7 is called Silas-Tosh, workgroup='WorkGroup', i have a single login 'silas', which I get in with no password. I'm trying to connect from the Vista laptop to use the printer, but when I try to access the laptop from the Vista one, it gives me the login dialog, i put \\silas-tosh\silas, with no pwd but no entry!!!
Silas2Asked:
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stevepcguyCommented:
What happens when you login to silas-tosh\silas (no password)?

Might have to create a password for the Win7 machine.
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Silas2Author Commented:
You have to excuse my ignorance, but there is a workgroup 'WorkGroup' on the win7 machine, but I don't know about domain, I'm not sure if I don't set up a domain, does it belong to a default domain?
Anyway, the error comes back say the resource is not available. I've enabled it for remote access, which i know isn't quite the same thing but...
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stevepcguyCommented:
Actually, the machines should belong to the same workgroup or domain. Are both part of the "workgroup" workgroup?
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Silas2Author Commented:
Yes you're right, I  haven't changed the default so they're both on workgroup="workgroup", I don't know about domain, what is the default domain?
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stevepcguyCommented:
A domain is like a workgroup, only it's controlled by a server. You have domains in corporate environments. Only tech geeks set up domains at home. I have a workgroup at home, as well. You can be a member of a workgroup or a domain, not both. Since most pc's out of the box are part of the workgroup domain, this should be fine.

So having both machines part of the WORKGROUP workgroup should be fine.

On your Vista machine, find the printer in the control panel and right-click on it. See if you have something that says "sharing" or "file and printer sharing". It should take you to a wizard which should walk you through the printer sharing setup.

On my home network, I have the printer connected wirelessly to the network, giving it its own IP address. That way all computers on the network can access the printer at any time. In your scenario, if the computer that is connected to the printer is shut down, you cannot print.
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ITguy850Commented:
It sounds like you may have password protected sharing enabled. Search the site and you should find a solution.
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Silas2Author Commented:
stevepcguy: The printer is definitely shared, I just can't get access to the machine when I click on it, even though i see it. What i don't understand is why i can login with uname, no pwd on the actual pc, but when I use the same credentials from the remote pc i can't get in.
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Silas2Author Commented:
ITguy850: I've just found the password protected tab in the home network wizard and it was on, but whilst i turned it off, its still asking for a password???
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ITguy850Commented:
Put the same passwords on both machines and try again. You can also check the properties of the shared printer and make sure the everyone group has full control under the security tab.
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