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cant access shared folders with live account

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    cant access shared folders with live account


    does anyone know why when I create a homegroup and try to access my shared folders on my windows 7 laptop from my windows 8 pc it says I dont have permissions it says I cant access the shared folders, yet if I stop using my microsoft live account and sign in with a local account on the computer I can access everything fine...Really annoys me because I cant use skydrive with the regular account....I have all the options set to share on my account settings too...

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    Did you maybe set up or join the Homegroup using the standard account?

    When in doubt it's best to leave the Homegroup on all machines then just create a new one and rejoin.
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    hey chev I have tried that a bunch of times....I can access my widows 8 machine from my laptop running 7.. Its just on my windows 8 machine where I sign into microsoft live I cant access any of my shared folders on my other machines but they can access mine..its weird.. as soon as I disconnect from the live account and sign in locally I can access them no problem..
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    Click image for larger versionyea chev I just tried it again to make sure that I created the homegroup on the machine with the live account and still get a network error saying I cant access the folder..I ran the homegroup troubleshooter one time trying to access the shared folder and it said I didnt have the permissions....that is the error i get when I run the troubleshooter
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    I believe when the machine was first set up the User name with the Windows account needs to be the one tied to the User folder.

    Maybe you initially set up the user account with the standard account.

    This is about the only way I can see something like this happening.

    You might try going through the Microsoft Account trouble shooter.
    Microsoft Accounts Troubleshooter in Windows 8
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    i think i initially was on a standard user account when I set up the pc
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    Click image for larger version came up with these errors
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    Quote Originally Posted by vafangool View Post
    i think i initially was on a standard user account when I set up the pc
    Yes, because of that the standard user is now the owner of the files on that account. All files created when in that account belong to the standard User. You could try taking ownership of the files from the Microsoft account.

    It's possible to change between the accounts but the owner of the files won't change because of this.

    Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8
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    but the files i am trying to access are on another pc which is runnign windows 7 pro...thats where I am having the problem..I cant access the shared folders on my windows 7 pro macine...but from my windows 7 pro machine I can access the windows 8 shared folders......when i take the live account off I have no problem getting to the shared folders on the 7 machine....so the permissions woud have noting to do with the live account right? I cant take ownership of the files on another machine with another account.. the folders i am sharing on the windows 8 machine are fine I can access them from the windows 7 machine... Its just whenever I try to access the shared folders on my 7 pro machine I get the windows cant access error
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    In any case you should leave the Homegroup from both machines, set up a new Homegroup from the Windows 8 machine using the Windows live account, then join the new Homegroup from the Windows 7 machine.

    When it comes to Homegroup and access problems this is standard procedure to fix those sorts of problems.

    I think these problems could have been avoided by starting with a Windows live account as there seems to be some type of trust or permission problem when switching between accounts.

    I'm not too sure really and honestly I've never heard of such a problem.
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