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Accessing Windows 2000 Shares from Win9x

By BC3 Technologies ·
I've got a network (TCP/IP) set up mostly with Windows 9x computers.
Recently I upgraded a couple of the larger machines to Windows 2000
Professional. In doing this, I had to re-share the directories that were
previously shared and am now facing a problem. When a Windows 9x
computer tries to even view the shares listed under one of the Win2k
computers, A prompt for password entry box appears, claiming a password is
needed for the "\\COMPUTERNAME\IPC$" share. I've never seen this share,
nor set it up. On the other Win2k machine, when trying to access the other
Win2k machine, a prompt appears to access "\\COMPUTERNAME\" with
both a user name and password entry field.

How can i make Win2kPro have anonymous network access to the shares
that were previously shared (not needing a password or prompt of any sort)
under Windows 9x??????

thanks
brandon

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by SyscoKid In reply to Accessing Windows 2000 Sh ...

I came across this in a previously-asked question:

"Heads up on this... According to Microsoft, Windows 2000 disables the Guest account by default... Result is that a "new" Windows 2000 install introduced into a network will greet each peer with a spoof message about IPC$ UID and PWD. The fix is to enable Guest on the Windows 2000 machine."

If that doesn't work for you, do a Search Q&A on "IPC$". There are several other recent questions on the same subject. Other answers include makingssur ethat the 9x machines are logging on with a domain account, and making sure the password isn't expired.

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enabled guest. now not getting a password prompt, but seeing "computer not accessible" from the win9x computers. searched the other questions. nothing helpful.

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The following should also apply to Win2K professional:

Log on to Windows 95 with a Valid Windows NT User Account
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Log on to the Windows 95-based computer using a user name and passwordthat is
contained in the local user accounts database of the Windows NT- based computer
you are attempting to browse. To do so, follow these steps:

Windows 95 without Internet Explorer 4.0 installed:

1. Save and close any open work on yourcomputer.

2. Click Start, and then click Shut Down.

3. Click the "Close all programs and log on as a different user", and then click
OK.

4. Click Yes.

5. When you are prompted, log on to the Windows 95-based computer with a user name and password contained in the local user accounts database of the
Windows NT-based computer you are attempting to browse.

Windows 95/98 with Internet Explorer 4.0 installed:

1. Save and close any open work on your computer.

2. Click Start, and then click Log Off <username>, where <username>
is the name of the user currently logged on to the computer.

3. Click Yes.

4. When you are prompted, log on to the Windows 95-based computer with a user
name and password contained in the local user accounts database of the
Windows NT-based computer you are attempting to browse.

Set Up User Accounts in the Local Accounts Database
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Use the User Manager tool to set up user accounts in the local accounts database
of the Windows NT-based computer that you are attempting to browse. These user
accounts need to contain the same logon information (user name and password)
that is used when a user logs on to his or her computer.

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by gladish In reply to Accessing Windows 2000 Sh ...

Brandon-
I saw your message a few days ago, but couldn't remember how this worked.
Had to reinstall a W2k on my network and worked through this again to be sure I understood.
You have to make an account on the w2k machine that matches the one logged on to the w98 machine which is trying to access shares. (create new accounts in: computer management/local users and groups/users)
Then the w2k machine will allow access to the shares. You sound like you have a workgroup, so that's the way I described it, but with w2k it behaves more like a domain account!
Good luck

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by QB In reply to Accessing Windows 2000 Sh ...

On the w2k machine right click on the share and select sharing> then click on permissions> (the everyone group should be in there by default) click add> select ANONYMOUS LOGON> click add> cilck ok> set permissions however (read by default)>click apply> click ok> click apply> click ok. I have had the exact same problem and this worked for me.

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I tried this method to begin with. no cigar. will try again.

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by BC3 Technologies In reply to Accessing Windows 2000 Sh ...

Please only answer this question if you have a solution that does not include me creating about 50 new accounts on my computer simply to share stuff. i want anonymous, no prompt access available to my computer from anybody that plugs in to our hub. simple. thanks.

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