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I'm upgrading from a Windows XP Thinkpad to one running Windows 8. I'm very familiar with XP, not at all with 8.

I'm trying to transfer some files from old to new laptop over the Wifi. The Windows 8 machine easily recognizes the XP laptop's hard drive.

If I try to copy a file from XP to the Windows 8 machine, it says "You require permission from the computer's administrator to perform this action". I'm logged in as administrator to the Windows 8 machine. Same with the XP machine. Nobody but me ever uses either of these computers. In fact, there is only one user, me, the administrator.

If I select the XP file on the Windows 8 File Explorer and click "properties," it tells me I don't have permission to view or edit this object's permission settings.

Must say, I'm baffled. I need it to be easy to transfer files back and forth across these machines.

What am I missing?
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On the Win7 machine select the folder that you are sharing and go to Properties->Sharing tab -> Advance Sharing
Click "Share this folder"
Limit the number of simultaneous users to 1
Click on Permissions and allow "Full Control" for Everyone

Apply this permission recursively to everything inside the folder

Revert once the copying is done
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Okay, I did that. Now here's what happens:
When I try to copy the file over, it gives me the same warning. I say "try again" and it gives me the same warning. When I click "Skip", it appears to be copying the file -- it gives me the little progress bar which marches from 0 to 100 percent. But it didn't copy the file. Not to where I asked, and if I search the HDD, it's not anywhere on the machine.

Still baffled.
--Steve D.
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Can u try creating a test folder with just 1text file on your XP laptop carry out the steps i gave to share the folder and then access it from  the Win 8 laptop and attempt a copy.

Create the folder on XP under C:
For eg. C:/test
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First of all, never logon to any PC as administrator when using the PC normally. Create a standard user account and only use that account. If anything requires admin credentials, UAC will pop up and ask you to enter the admin user name and his password, and then that task will be done with admin rights.

Only copy data either to your user's profile, into the documents or downlaods folder, or into the public\documents or public\downloads folder in C:\Users. Don't use other locations. Those locations you have free access to, while most other locations are for system files or installed software, and those are locked down, even for administrators. There is no need to change anything there.

On XP make sure "Simple File Sharing" is turned off (in the control panel, folder options). When sharing folders, make sure you have added the user account you are sharing.

Possibly also simpler than using the LAN to transfer your data would be to use a simple USB stick to copy the data from the XP box to, then just connect it to the Windows 8.x PC, and copy the data to the PC.
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Hi again,
That's exactly what I did. I put the file in a new folder, and did those actions.
/S
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if you are on the wireless network try this on the XP system

Start->Run->\\a.b.c.d

where a.b.c.d is your XP system's IP address

YOu should see the folder's shared on the XP system if you followed the instructions in my first post.

If the above is successful restart your Win8 machine and try reconnecting to the XP share
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