Access Denied. You might not have permission to use this network resource

By Randy ·
After reviewing many messages / comments on this topic and not getting results, I?m tossing my question into the ring.

Here goes: LT = laptop // PCx = desktop

This is a home network.

PC1 ? Dell / XP Pro SP3 / P4 2.53 / 512Mb
PC2 ? Gateway / W2K SP4 / P3 / 256Mb
LT ? Acer / XP Pro SP3 / P4 2.0 / 1Gb
Linksys WRT54G wired/wireless router
Charter cable Internet

Both PC?s can access the I-net via wired connection. LT can access I-net either by wired or wireless connection.

- All third party firewall S/W or MS firewall disabled

- All three have AVG antivirus.

- Simple File Sharing (SFS) is enabled on PC1 and PC2

- ?restrictanonyous? registry entry in PC1 and PC2 = ?0?

- There was discussion to try the following:
IPCONFIG /flushdns
IPCONFIG /registerdns
-- no joy

- Workgroup = MSHOME for all

- There has been much discussion concerning all machines having the same Username and associated Password (PW)? but nowhere was there mention of which username. It certainly couldn?t be the principal log-on as each machine needs to be uniquely secured by its individual user? even in a home or very small biz environment. This only leaves the ADMINISTRATOR log-on and PW needing to be identical?Would this be a correct assumption?

- PC1 can see LT but not access shared folders / files. Receives the follow:

\\ComputerNameComputerDescription\Filename is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

- PC1 can see and access all shared files on PC2

- PC2 can see and access all shared files on PC1

- LT can?t see anything but itself

- Performing a MSCONFIG clean boot one at a time or together did not produce any joy either

Other than ?killing? the HDD?s and reinstalling XP pro (which the owner truly doesn?t want to do), does anyone have any further thoughts? Any and all insight greatly appreciated. I?ve been going in circles about this for months.


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by Jacky Howe In reply to Access Denied. You might ...

is the default for XP Pro not mshome. You will be able to use the mapped share by using the logon information pertaining to the individual PC. Jo **** has an account on PC1, when you map a drive from PC2 to PC1 you will use Joes credentials.
You cannot access shared files and folders or browse computers in the workgroup with Windows XP
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Go into the Routers Setup Procedure

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Access Denied. You might ...

And Bridge the Wireless and Wired LAN's. The problem here is that by default these are not set to communicate.


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Jackie Howe is correct in workgroups.

by CG IT In reply to Access Denied. You might ...

There is an 8 part MS KB on how to setup a Home/SOHO workgroup.

Here's is a link to Part 1.

If you follow these instructions, you should be able to have all computers on your network sharing files and folders with each other.

Note: permissions need to be set or you can use the everyone group though not recommended from a security standpoint. Everyone literally means everyone, including your neighbor, your pet dog and the cat down the street.

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Thanks and A Preliminary Update

by Randy In reply to Access Denied. You might ...

I want to thank all for their expertise. Because I?m 80 miles (129 km) from the systems in question, I?ve forwarded your comments on. It?s going to be several weeks until we can get together due to time, distance, and the systems owner is heading to the Caribbean (St. Thomas) for a short vacation.

Should anyone else have any ideas, please post. When this is resolved, I?ll let everyone know.


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If you follow CG IT's instructions

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks and A Preliminary ...

you should get it sorted out but change them back into a Workgroup.

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Access dined

by ram_chinnaraj In reply to Access Denied. You might ...

Dear Randy,

i am also facing the same problem do you got any solution for this problem. In my company i will connect the desktop pc's in server. Now all pc's comes to server line but some pc's in network places not able to access that shared folder you know the way to solve the problem means mail me my ID is



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