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i'm not sure why this is, but i can write to the windows 7 machine from xp but i can not write to the xp machine from windows 7.
they are connected via a switch on a local network (not domained). same workgroup.
I can see the computers but just can't write files to it from windows 7.

is this something that needs to be changed on the xp box or on windows 7 or both?
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by:John Hurst
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Both XP and Windows 7 have File and Print Sharing options. In XP, you find it as a section in the Network Card properties. Make sure sharing is enabled.

Make sure Windows XP or third party firewall is not blocking access from the other machine.

In Windows XP, make certain simple file sharing has been disabled.

Try those things and please let us know.
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if i disable simple file sharing in xp. then i keep getting prompted ont he windows 7 machine for a password and i enter the password and it simply will not let me in even though it is the correct one.
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You should only use Password protected sharing and then use usernames and passwords.

You will have to disable Simple File Sharing. It gets in the way as you can see.
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Windows file sharing can be obscure because credentials used can be "hidden" and/or forgotten.

One practice that works is to make everything wide open relative to the folders you want to share.
Let Everyone have full control in sharing AND in security.
If you have simple file sharing turned on then security isn't a setting on XP.

Another practice that can work for you is to assign the same User Names to all the computers or some reasonable subset thereof.  Use the same password for each separate User.

When the login is asked for, provide the login and it should "stick".  This is where things tend to get forgotten and hidden.

There is lots more so I've tried to give some simple suggestions.  They are likely inadequate.

Take a look at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Windows_Networking/A_13738-Peer-to-Peer-File-Sharing-in-Windows-7.html
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by:bbimis
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Thanks the key was i had everyone in shared, but in security i didn't have everyone set to modify.  put the check in there and worked like a charm. thanks!
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