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This should be simple, but I can't get this to work.  I have spent a couple of days reading posts on this problem, and I'm still stumped.

I moved a servers to a new site, and I am setting up a small network. Right now I have two windows7 systems I want to bring up on the network.

A small laptop with which has Windows 7 starter .     This system works fine on the network. I can access all of the server files.

The problem is a work-station is running window 7(home premium) .  I upgraded this to ultimate, but that didn't fix the problem.

This system can see the server, but I can't see or access any of the files.

-Server and systems are all set to the same work-group
-The server provides DHCP.
-I have the server as the work-group & domain controller.  I disabled this and it didn't make any difference.
-I have uninstalled & reinstalled client on the windows card system.

This may be a clue - the system sees the server, but can't access any files.  The system doesn't see the laptop.   The laptop has full access to the server, but doesn't see the other windows7 system.
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by:discgman
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Everybody is in the same domain/workgroup? Can you readd everyone to the workgroup with same name? Can you access the files by ip address? \\10.1.1.5 for example. Do you use dhcp or static ip addresses for each machine? If dhcp, is the dns set in the settings properly? If static, do you have dns input correctly per machine? If static, are these addresses all on the same subnet? 10.1.1.1 and 10.1.1.2 and so forth.
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by:jws2bay
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Hi discgman, -

- the server is providing DHCP.
- the server is the work-group & domain controller.

I don't have access to the system right now, but I will try to re-add  the systems tonight.
I will also  recheck the dns settings.

Since I can see the server in explorer,  but can't expand it to see the files.  I'm wondering if the network file sharing are disabled.  

I'll give you an update later.

Thanks
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by:discgman
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A little info on home sharing from microsoft website. I dont do a whole lot of workgroup sharing.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/file-sharing-essentials#1TC=windows-7
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OK this is a bit crazy.

I went through and checked everything to make sure things were setup correctly.
No Luck still wouldn't let me in.

I started trying to map  the server to a network drive.  No Luck
tried to do map the server to a network drive using a different user name - No Luck
tried every possible user name which might have a chance - No Luck

went back and clicked the server icon....... Opened right up.   I don't know about Win7

Anyway the problem is solved .... Not understood
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Nothing was offered that I hadn't already tried.
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