Access Win10 folders from Win7 laptop

I am trying to share folders between my Win7 and Win10 laptops. From my Win10 laptop, I can open File Explorer, type \\win7pc\ and am able to access all folders in it. From my win7 laptop, when I open file explorer and type \\win10pc\, the Enter Network Password dialog opens. It wants me to enter a user id and password. I'm not really sure what to enter here because when I sign on to my win10 laptop, I just use the fingerprint reader or I type in a PIN.

Any ideas?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
This is happening because Windows 10 has higher security.

Make a userid and password on the Windows 10 machine (Users and groups) that is the SAME userid and password of the Windows 7 machine.

Make sure on BOTH machines in Advanced Network Settings that both Network Discovery and File / Print Sharing are ON and that Homegroup is OFF.

Restart both machines and test. The above works fine for me.
cbridgmanAuthor Commented:
Win10 doesn't appear to have a Users and Groups app - only a Settings app. When you use that one, if you attempt to add someone, it wants that person's email address. It doesn't ask for a user name. Am I using the wrong app?
Sajid Shaik MSystem AdminCommented:
check the log on to your machine

may be you log on with microsoft account i.e hotmail or outlook

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try a different method:

Right click on Computer (My Computer) and select Manage.

Under Computer Management, select Local Users and Groups, Users, and right click in the Right Hand Window to add a Local User.

Use a Local User for this.


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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
What version of W10 do you have. If it is not pro or enterprise you will not have that option that is illustrated by John.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If Home and if you are restricted to email accounts, then access from Windows 10 to Windows 7 and forget the other way around.
"I'm not really sure what to enter here because when I sign on to my win10 laptop, I just use the fingerprint reader or I type in a PIN." - that does not mean, you don't have a password for that account. You simply don't remember it because you setup "Windows hello" (=the biometrical authentication or PIN) to be used instead. So much for an explanation.

You can change the password (if you remember it), even with windows hello active:
You can surely reset your Microsoft password, if that is what you use, by using the reset process here, if you don't remember it:
cbridgmanAuthor Commented:
I am good to go. I am using Win 10 Pro and was able to use Manage My Computer to add a new user to Win 10 box. I'm now able to share folders between the win 7 and win 10 laptops in both directions. Thanks very much for everyone's help.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That is good that you were able to add the account and share the folders
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