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Cant access shared folders on network

By spm9928 ·
I have a home network set up with 2 pcs and a laptop. On my main pc I have xpsp2 and on the others xpsp1. I can see and access shared folders on the other units from my main pc running xpsp2, but when I try to access the main pc from the other 2 units I get prompted for a password. a box opens with my user name/administrator in the user name field and a blank spot to enter a password. I do not have any of my pc's set up for passwords. or I get a message saying my main pc is not accesible and that I may not have rights and to contact the administrator.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Cant access shared folder ...

Sounds as if when you established the Sharing on your main computer you ticked the box that reads Depends on Password. Go to your main computer log in as Admin and then right click on the shared folder and chose the Sharing option. When the Sharing & Security window opens make sure that the box isn't ticked about sharing depending on Passwords that should cure your current problem.


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by JEPott In reply to Cant access shared folder ...

I have run into similar issues and have found that both machines need to be SP2 - Unless you have reason not to install SP2, I would try that first.


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by rickrbyrne In reply to Cant access shared folder ...

What I have found with Windows XPSP2 is that you need to have a password to connect to a share, Windows Xp SP2 doesn't allow a client to connect with a blank password. Now there is a work around for this, try this:

[Start] [Run] and type gpedit.msc and click [OK]
Navigate to Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Local Policies / Security Options
Double click on Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console login only.
Select the radio button next to Disabled and click [OK]

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by Aggy In reply to Cant access shared folder ...

It looks like permissions issues. Check the permissions on the shared folder. Try changing the permission to Everyone-Full Control.

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by lakhanivijen In reply to Cant access shared folder ...

hi u can solve ur problem from make network setting from check network security .right click on printer from startmenu and then make sharing and then go to uppertab adn click . go to security user name . eytpe everyone and get check names and click ok. and select on each check box. from vijen lakhani(**9824572810)

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