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Windows 8 Networking Woes

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Professional

    Windows 8 Networking Woes


    Hello,

    I just upgraded 2 laptops to Windows 8 Professional. I have a desktop and a laptop on Windows 7 Ultimate. The desktop is basically a storage server. I have had it networked in windows 7 (no passwords, EVERYONE set to Full Control) for years. I have never had an issue accessing the shared drives. The Windows 8 laptops, using the same settings as the Windows 7 computers work erratically. Sometimes they work, sometimes they ask for passwords, sometimes they don't work. Sometimes I'll access a drive, then wait like 30 minutes and try to access again only to receive the message "Windows cannot access...". More often than not, I cannot share files effectively.

    Why is it that Windows 8 cannot see a shared drive when a Windows 7 computer can? Why does a Windows 8 computer, with password protected sharing off ask for a password to a drive on a computer that doesn't even have a password?

    Extremely frustrating! I don't know if it matters, but I have disabled UAC in the registry.

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  2. #2


    In most every case you would be far better served setting up a Homegroup between those machines in order to ease the sharing restrictions on drive sharing.

    Homegroup - Create in Windows 8

    You will need to make sure that the C:>Users folder is shared out on all machines through the sharing tab, the process is outlined in the link.

    shared by default??

    Disabling UAC in the registry shouldn't be required and it may end up causing problems.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Professional


    I have shared the Users folder, nothing. I really don't want to have to setup a homegroup. I don't see why I should change my network to work with windows 8... Windows 8 should work with my network... what if I decided to add a linux or mac machine?

    I still get the error "The network path was not found". I can ping the IP, no problem. I can access the shared drives from a Windows 7 machine.

    I have always disabled UAC... I hope I don't end up having to enable it.

    edit: the Windows 7 computers can access the Windows 8 computers, no problem
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  4. #4


    Chicago USA
    Posts : 84
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by cokewithvanilla View Post
    I have shared the Users folder, nothing. I really don't want to have to setup a homegroup. I don't see why I should change my network to work with windows 8... Windows 8 should work with my network... what if I decided to add a linux or mac machine?

    I still get the error "The network path was not found". I can ping the IP, no problem. I can access the shared drives from a Windows 7 machine.

    I have always disabled UAC... I hope I don't end up having to enable it.

    edit: the Windows 7 computers can access the Windows 8 computers, no problem
    See this post. Message #12 may have the answer you need. If you are getting "now you see it now you don't" with your shares then this is probably the fix for you. Nothing to do with UAC, IPV6, passwords or anything else. There is some kind of bug in the "Computer Browser" service.

    Consistent temporary network error
    Last edited by mick823; 12 Mar 2013 at 05:45.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    ~OP:

    What you are experiencing is not uncommon. I would do what Chev65 suggests (set up a HomeGroup and share with all HomeGroup members) and, as you may have done, share the contents of each user folder. Also, turn password protected sharing off if it is on for any machine. "Things" just work better having taken these steps given that you don't want any serious access restrictions.

    You say "I really don't want to have to setup a homegroup. I don't see why I should change my network to work with windows 8... Windows 8 should work with my network... what if I decided to add a linux or mac machine?"

    There is little to do in setting up a HomeGroup. Doing so might get your network working comfortably and with no downside. For example, doing so would have no effect whatsoever on adding a linux or a Mac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cokewithvanilla View Post
    I have shared the Users folder, nothing. I really don't want to have to setup a homegroup. I don't see why I should change my network to work with windows 8... Windows 8 should work with my network... what if I decided to add a linux or mac machine?

    I still get the error "The network path was not found". I can ping the IP, no problem. I can access the shared drives from a Windows 7 machine.

    I have always disabled UAC... I hope I don't end up having to enable it.

    edit: the Windows 7 computers can access the Windows 8 computers, no problem
    Assuming that both machines are in the same Workgroup and that there aren't any third party anti virus's or firewalls involved you should have no problems accessing all files and folders of the entire C:>Users folder and subfolders on both of those machines.

    Make sure there are no locks showing up at C:>Users>UserName or any of the subfolders.

    Check the settings are same as in the link which also explains how to un-share any of the Users folders.

    shared by default??
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by mick823 View Post

    See this post. Message #12 may have the answer you need. If you are getting "now you see it now you don't" with your shares then this is probably the fix for you. Nothing to do with UAC, IPV6, passwords or anything else. There is some kind of bug in the "Computer Browser" service.

    Consistent temporary network error
    Thanks! So far, so good! That's exactly what I was looking for.


    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I just can't, and probably never will bring myself to setup a home group. I like the idea that I can bring any computer into my home and access all my files.... for example, if i am fixing someones computer, or if a friend is over and needs access to my files.

    I also can't stand the idea that a Windows 8 computer can not see the files, but a Windows 7 one can... that, to me, makes no sense. Any OS should be able to see my shared drives without a special group thing (my opinion).
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    Chicago USA
    Posts : 84
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by cokewithvanilla View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mick823 View Post

    See this post. Message #12 may have the answer you need. If you are getting "now you see it now you don't" with your shares then this is probably the fix for you. Nothing to do with UAC, IPV6, passwords or anything else. There is some kind of bug in the "Computer Browser" service.

    Consistent temporary network error
    Thanks! So far, so good! That's exactly what I was looking for.


    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I just can't, and probably never will bring myself to setup a home group. I like the idea that I can bring any computer into my home and access all my files.... for example, if i am fixing someones computer, or if a friend is over and needs access to my files.

    I also can't stand the idea that a Windows 8 computer can not see the files, but a Windows 7 one can... that, to me, makes no sense. Any OS should be able to see my shared drives without a special group thing (my opinion).
    Workgroup, Homegroup or just plain old file sharing is a personal choice. Whatever fits your needs.

    "I also can't stand the idea that a Windows 8 computer can not see the files....."

    The key to getting a consistent share is to disable the "Computer Browser" service on the Windows 7 machine. There is a possibility that the bug is in the Windows 7 code and that Windows 8 is not the culprit at all. I didn't need to do anything with my Win 8 installs to get consistent sharing. Just disable the "Computer Browser" service on the Win7 machine and everything was good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cokewithvanilla View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mick823 View Post

    See this post. Message #12 may have the answer you need. If you are getting "now you see it now you don't" with your shares then this is probably the fix for you. Nothing to do with UAC, IPV6, passwords or anything else. There is some kind of bug in the "Computer Browser" service.

    Consistent temporary network error
    Thanks! So far, so good! That's exactly what I was looking for.
    Did the suggested fix work--at least longer than initially?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by mick823 View Post
    Workgroup, Homegroup or just plain old file sharing is a personal choice. Whatever fits your needs.

    "I also can't stand the idea that a Windows 8 computer can not see the files....."

    The key to getting a consistent share is to disable the "Computer Browser" service on the Windows 7 machine. There is a possibility that the bug is in the Windows 7 code and that Windows 8 is not the culprit at all. I didn't need to do anything with my Win 8 installs to get consistent sharing. Just disable the "Computer Browser" service on the Win7 machine and everything was good to go.


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Did the suggested fix work--at least longer than initially?
    I figured I would wait before posting that it was solved. I woke up this morning, having not even shut down or put to sleep the two computers and it doesn't work now. I bet if I restart both of them, they will network fine. Yesterday, I disabled Computer Browser on both computers - nothing. Restarted and it worked. I figured I just needed to restart for disabling (which you shouldn't need to do), but that doesn't appear to be the case.

    All computers are on the same workgroup, "WORKGROUP" and the 'server' computer has all sharing set up manually, permissions in the sharing tab set to full control EVERYONE, permissions in the security tab set the same way. Password protected sharing off. I've had this setup working for years... only the W8 computers don't work


    edit: just to say I did it, I restarted the W8 computer.... and what do you know... networking now works. I wonder what changes when the computer sits for a while.
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