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    Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

    by bill in dallas ·

    Installed a new Win 11 Home PC. Trying to connect to a Win 10 PC with a shared folder. On the Win 10 PC, folder set to Share with Everyone. Permissions set to Everyone. Two other PCs in office can see the shared folder. The new Win 11 PC gets an error that Permission is denied (not exact wording). Tried unchecking the box to remove password. In Network Sharing, the ethernet connection is set to Private, File and Folder Sharing, Printer Sharing. Tried adding the Windows login username and password to the Win 10 Credentials Manager. I can successfully Ping the Win 10 PC from the Win 11 PC. All 4 PCs are configured for the same Workgroup. Stumped as to why access is being blocked.

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    • #4214612
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      Reply To: Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      On the Windows 11 PC you might need to logon with the same username and password as one present on the Windows 10 PC.

      Does it work the other way: view a shared folder on the Windows 11 PC from the Windows 10 PC’s on your office network?

      • This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by Avatar photokees_b.
      • This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by Avatar photokees_b.
      • #4244521

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        by peterklein336 ·

        In reply to Reply To: Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

        Win 11 access to Win 10 shared folder blocked? Try:

        Check Network Discovery & File Sharing on both PCs.

        Temporarily disable firewall on Win 10 PC sharing the folder.

        Lower UAC level on Win 10 PC (if high). as this strategy while I worked on my Commercial Photography site Hale Production Studios

    • #4218402

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      by bill in dallas ·

      In reply to Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      4 Office Computers
      • Computer A – Win 10 (has folder that needs to be used by the 3 other office computers)
      • Computer B – Win 10
      • Computer C – Win 11
      • Computer D – Win 11
      I have tried:
      • Making sure all computers on same Workgroup
      • All computers’ network connections are set to Private Network with File and Print Sharing
      • All computers are on the same private IP network.
      • For the main shared folder on A, Permissions set to Everyone
      • In the Network and Sharing area, I have tried Advanced Sharing option both for password on and off
      • MS Firewall set to allow File and Print Sharing on Private Networks
      • I checked Credentials Manager for wrong username and password listings
      • I can PING all PCs from the new PCs and vice versa.
      • On Computer A, I tried adding the local admin user for Computer C to the User Profiles. Computer A had two user profiles, AzureAD\<user 1> and AzureAD\<user 2>. I added <Computer C>\<admin user>
      • I also tried a network Reset
      All the above attempts have not yielded positive results.
      My theory is that this is a permissions issue since on the two older computers (A&B), they were set up and registered with Microsoft 365 using their business email address and the two new Windows 11 computers (C&D) were registered using newly created Outlook.com addresses. When I initially set up the two new computers, I was not allowed to register them using their business email address and would get an error message stating that the address did not exist and that I must create a new address.
      I tried several suggestions from other web sources to register using a business email address, but still could not get past the “email address does not exist” message.
      When I look at the two older computers (Windows 10), they both have references to “AzureAD\<username>” but on the two new computers, the usernames are based on the computer name and user “<computername>\<user>”
      All four computers use MS365 Business and are successfully logged into that service and use the Business version of OneDrive.
      I open Explorer on newer PCs, then I can see other new PC, but not older PC. If I type in the IP address of one of the older PCs, sometimes I can see one of them and if I do, it will ask for a Username and PW. I try the Username and PW of the admin on the older PC (the one I am trying to connect to), and get an error that I have either the

    • #4218905

      Reply To: Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      by eugenephilip572 ·

      In reply to Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      If you’re experiencing issues with viewing shared files in a workgroup, it’s essential to check your network settings and permissions first. Ensure all devices are on the same network, the correct sharing options are enabled, and the firewall settings are not blocking the connection. Troubleshooting steps may vary depending on your operating system.

    • #4230794

      Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      by cassharper030 ·

      In reply to Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      It sounds frustrating that the new Win 11 PC can’t access the shared folder. Here are a couple of things to try:
      1. Double-check Network Discovery: On both Win 10 and Win 11, ensure Network Discovery is turned on. This allows PCs to see each other on the network. It’s usually found in Network and Sharing Center settings.
      2. Firewall Restrictions: Temporarily disable the firewall on the Win 10 PC sharing the folder. If access works, you know the firewall might be blocking it. You can then configure the firewall to allow file sharing.
      By checking these, you might pinpoint the culprit and get the new PC connected to the shared folder.

    • #4240749

      Reply To: Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      by jeannette9728miller ·

      In reply to Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      Hello,

      Ensure that the firewall settings on both the Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs are configured to allow file and printer sharing.

      Verify the shared folder permissions on the Windows 10 PC. Right-click on the shared folder, select “Properties,” and go to the “Sharing” tab. Check that the folder is shared with the correct permissions (e.g., read-only or read/write). Ensure that “Everyone” or specific users/groups have appropriate permissions set (e.g., Full Control).

      On both PCs, ensure that network discovery and file sharing are enabled. Go to “Settings” > “Network & Internet” > “Ethernet” (or “Wi-Fi”) > “Network and Sharing Center” > “Change advanced sharing settings.” Make sure that network discovery, file and printer sharing, and public folder sharing are turned on.

      Confirm that both PCs are indeed part of the same workgroup Right-click on “This PC” or “Computer” > “Properties” > “Advanced system settings” > “Computer Name.” Ensure the workgroup name is identical on both PCs.

      Since you’ve already tried adding the Windows login username and password to the Credential Manager on the Windows 11 PC, ensure that The credentials stored in Credential Manager are correct and match the username/password used to access the shared folder on the Windows 10 PC. Consider removing existing credentials and re-adding them to ensure they are correctly stored.

      Pay attention to the exact error message when accessing the shared folder from the Windows 11 PC. This can provide clues about what might be causing the permission issue.

      After making adjustments to settings and configurations, restart both PCs to ensure changes take effect. Then, attempt to access the shared folder again from the Windows 11 PC.

      Use tools like the Windows Network Troubleshooter or command-line tools (e.g., net use command) to diagnose network connectivity and sharing issues.

      • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Avatar photokees_b.
    • #4245624

      Reply To: Unable to View Shared Files in Workgroup

      by peterklein336 ·

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      Having trouble connecting your new Windows 11 PC to a shared folder on a Windows 10 PC, even though other devices can see it? No worries! Here’s a quick fix:

      Make sure both PCs have “Network Discovery” turned on. Think of it like an invitation for them to see each other on the network.

      On the Windows 10 PC with the shared folder, try turning off the firewall for a short while (like a quick check) to see if it’s blocking access. Remember to turn it back on after! Firewalls are like security guards, so only turn it off temporarily.

      Double-check that the folder on the Windows 10 PC allows everyone to access it (Read or Read/Write permission).

      If these don’t work, search online for “Windows 11 cannot access shared folder” for more help. Good luck! I hope it helps you I have applied the same strategy with my own system used at my workplace .

      • This reply was modified 1 week, 1 day ago by Avatar photokees_b.
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