First, the basics:
Running a Win8.1 Desktop, Laptop, and Tablet, all linked to internet via a router (the Desktop by Ethernet, the other two systems wireless). I have set up an administrative and standard user on each system, in addition to the public user on each system. Have made no attempt to set up a Homegroup or Workgroup although all three systems have the Workgroup default name of WORKGROUP. All of the Advanced Sharing Private Network options are the default values on all three systems (Discovery ĖOn/On, File & Printer-On, Allow Windows-On). I have looked for but not found any differences among the three systems in the following locations in both the Standard and Administrative Users:
Second, My Objectives
Before trying to set up a Homegroup, and set some limits on shares that are available to each system, I wanted to understand what was visible and accessible for all three systems before any changes were made. I found a differences that I can not explain based on the settings that I see and was wondering if anyone could explain the differences or tell me where to look to find out what settings must be different among the three systems.
Now, the Differences
The following observations are based on signing on to each systemís standard user account:
The Desktop can access both the Public and Standard area of both the Laptop and the Tablet although I cannot see anywhere in the settings on the Laptop or Tablet where these users have been set to share with theDesktop. Why can the Desktop access what hasnít specifically been shared?
The Laptop can access both the Public and Standard area of both the Desktop and the Tablet although I cannot see anywhere in the settings on the Desktop or Tablet where these users have been set to share with the Laptop.Why can the Laptop access what hasnít specifically been shared?
The Tablet can access the Public and Standard area of the Desktop, but not the Laptop. In fact, the Laptop doesnít even appear in the Network area of the Tablet. Why can theTablet access what has not been specifically shared by the Desktop and why doesnít the Laptop appear at all?
The following observations are based on signing on to each systemís administrative user account:
All three systems can ďseeĒ the other two under the Network section
The desktop is unable to access anything on the Laptop orthe Tablet
The Laptop can access the Public and Administrative areas of the Tablet only.
The Tablet can access the Public and Administrative areas of both the Desktop and the Laptop.
Why are all three systems different in terms of what they can access?
Sorry for the lengthy post, but I've been researching these differences and searching for answers on the web for several days and this is as concise as I can make my post and still get at what I'm trying to understand.
Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.