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Folder Sharing in Windows 7

Open Folder ErrorHi,
 I have two PCs (named JOE1 and JOE2 in the same WORKGROUP) with Windows 7 Pro.
 I created same user names on both PCs - User1, User2, User3, User4.
 and I shared entire C drive on JOE1 and JOE2 with everyone with full permission under Share tab and full permission on Authenticated Users and Users under Security tab.
 When I type \\JOE1 from JOE2 , I can't access the C drive of JOE1 which is shared. It gives me an error (please see the screenshot above). So I understand that each user has to have the same password on both computers?
 But then when I type \\JOE2  from JOE1, then I can see all shared folders from JOE2.
Why is it that "must have password" rule applies differently?
So I assigned the same password on "administrator" account on both JOE1 and JOE2, but the result was the same.
3 Solutions
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look in Control Panel, Network and Sharing Properties. Make sure the setting for your NIC is Home/Work and NOT Public.

Under Home/Work properties down near the bottom, if you turn Homegroup OFF, then then turns Password protected sharing ON. You are best to use passwords anyway.

Please read through my article on Folder Sharing to help you.

sgleeAuthor Commented:
Is there any way to create shared folders and printers without assigning password to each user account? These computers are home PCs and if possible, they don't want any password for conveniences.
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 7 is very secure. No Homegroup (which I do not recommend here) means passwords. Ask your people to get used to it because Windows 8 and now Windows 10 are increasing security more.

You can put a script on the desktop: batch file (connect.bat) that hold the line:

NET USE Z: \\computer\folder /user:username password

The other thing you can do is create users on the main machine that are the same user and password as the machine trying to map. Then you do not need passwords.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
then create a home network and not use work network .. you will have to create the home network and copy the password to the other machines.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
i created password for each account on both PCs and now they can see shared folders and printers w/o a problem.
Also, NEVER share the whole drive C:, it contains protected OS and system files, and users should never access them. You should rather only share folder that contain Data, like What you have in "C:\Users\Public\Documents" (which would be for all users and therefore the best place for shared data), or the Documents folder of a specific user.
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
i created password for each account on both PCs and now they can see shared folders and printers w/o a problem  <-- Good to hear.  So probably now, you should close the question.
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