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By HereInOz ·
G'Day All,

I have the need to set up a network between a WinXP Pro box and an Win 98 machine. The XP machine has simple file sharing disabled, so full security is activated. I have run the network setup wizard and all that, on both machines, and while at a hardware and software level, they can both see each other, and the ICS works fine for both machines, the people are unable to log on to the Win98 machine and access the XP machine in any way.

We can see the XP machine, through NetworkNeighborhood, but try to access the XP box and it asks for a password, and no matter what one we use, it says it is wrong - access denied.

I feel if I enabled simple file sharing, all would be OK, but that is not what they want.

I am missing something here!! Has anyone been down this track? I have set up WinME networked to XP before with similar access policies, and had no trouble, so it must be something real simple that I am blind to.

Can anyone help?

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by cruncher_1 In reply to Network Win98 & XP Pro

To make this work all users that log onto the W98 machine must be users with the same username and password on the XP machine. If the user is not listed on XP, XP cannot be accessed from W98. You also need to give each user the appropriate rights. Simple file sharing will fix this, but there is no security.

Hope this helps.

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by HereInOz In reply to Network Win98 & XP Pro

Well, the mystery is solved - just another piece of info to stick away for a later date.

The problem was actually that the Username that they were using had apostrophies in it - like fred'n'john. This works fine with Win2000 & WinME machines accessing the XP box, but with Win98, and probably 95, the username was not passed correctly to the XP box, dis-allowing access. Creating another user on the XP machine without apostrophies, and all is wonderful.

So really I guess you didn't help me, but you replied, and the fact that you simply told me to do everything that I already knew to do, and had done, made me look for the non-obvious and solve the problem.

So you can both have the points anyway. Many thanks for taking the time to respond.

Cheers,
Alan

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by Mike Jones In reply to Network Win98 & XP Pro

Create a user account on the XP machine.

Log onto the Windows 98 machine with the same username and account as you have created on the XP machine.

When you try and accessing the files or folders on the XP machine it will use the username and password that you logged onto the Windows 98 machine with.

If you were logging onto the XP machine from a windows 2000 box, there are ways of being able to select a different user name to log on with, but windows 98 is not this clever and only passes the username that you have actually logged onto the PC with, there us is not option to use a different user name. Which is why you need to make sure the username's and passwords match.

Windows XP limits access to its files and folders through user accounts which is why you need to have an account on the machine to be able to access it. Windows 98 does not have the same security measures.

Hope this helps some.

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by HereInOz In reply to Network Win98 & XP Pro

See comments above.

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by AirHockeyNinja In reply to Network Win98 & XP Pro

Ok, here we go;

98 doesn't have any security features, other than share level permissions (weak at that), and if you have formatted your drives on the XP box NTFS, 98 isn't going to see them anyway. The preceeding answers are on the right track, as you do need to have the same username and password to access XP shares from 9x OS's, but as I mentioned any permissions you set are going to be ignored by 98 as it only knows wether it is allowed to access the folders or not. 98 doesn't support file permissions, as this is a feature of the NTFS file system. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Good luck!
Joe

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by HereInOz In reply to Network Win98 & XP Pro

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