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lost/changed network password

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    lost/changed network password


    On my home network, I have my desktop, my HTPC (wired) and my wife's laptop (Wifi). The desktop and HTPC are bth running Win 8 pro. The laptop is running Win 7. All are 64 it.

    Invariably I try to log onto my HTPC from my desktop and it says that I am unable to access the files. I then open up network and sharing center to check on the network password only to find that is has changed itself somehow. Even after I reset the password on both the HTPC and the desktop. I still cannot access my shared files on the HTPC from the desktop. The only way to share files is to get them from the HTPC which for some reason lets me access my desktop files.

    The laptop is not really an issue. ONce I enter the new password I can access files on the desktop and print no problem. I guess the 2 issues are...

    1) the random changing of the network password
    2) the inability to access networked files FROM the desktop. The reverse seems to work flawlessly.....

    Thanks in advance for any insights...

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    I'm not sure how the password can change by itself but if you are having access problems between those machines it may work better if you set up a Homegroup and join that Homegroup from all other machines.

    Homegroup - Create in Windows 8
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    Posts : 27
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Sorry, I should have been more specific. This is what I have, a homegroup. The problems remain the same as stated above...
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    Quote Originally Posted by samhfoley View Post
    Sorry, I should have been more specific. This is what I have, a homegroup. The problems remain the same as stated above...
    This sounds like a permission issue. You need to ensure that the C:>Users folder is shared in order to access folders on a particular machine. If the folder is shared out correctly you won't be seeing the password prompt. The link below describes what is required.


    shared by default??
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