Access Linux folders from Windows 8 computer

Hi, I'm trying to access some folders on a Linux server from a Windows 8 computer and I don't really know how. When I navigate to the share name \\linux\shares from the 'run' prompt, I can see the folders but when I try to open them, I'm being prompted for a user name and password. I'm trying to open them with credentials but I can't. Is there a way to map those shares to the Win computer so I can access them like from a Windows server. Sorry about my ignorance, I am not really familiar with Linux.
Alan DalaITAsked:
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Brad GrouxSenior Manager (Wintel Engineering)Commented:
How is the security setup on the Linux server, are you utilizing a tool such as Samba to manage users? You need to setup a valid user for you to authenticate to.

You could map a network drive to the share, so it is always there when you login.

From Windows:
01. From your Windows 8 Start Menu (the one with all the tiles) click Desktop.
02. Right click the desktop and click personalize.
03. Click change desktop icons.
04. Check Computer and click apply.  If computer is already checked then you can ignore this step.
05. Double click computer on the desktop.
06. Click the map network drive icon.
07. Select a drive letter.
08. Enter the folder path in this format \\computername\shared-folder.
09. Check Re-Connect at Sign-in.
10. Click Finish.
11. You now have a mapped network drive.

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Or via command prompt:
net use s: \\server\share /user:domainormachinename\username /persistent:yes /savecred 

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s: being the drive letter you would like to assign, change as desired.

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