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PCs under Network Folder are not accessable

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I have no such problems accessing my Windows 7 PC's through the common Workgroup. You shouldn't need to use the same user name and password just to access shared folders on Windows 7 PC's.

    It's required to set up sharing for the Users folder on the Windows 7 machines in order for any folders to be sharable through the Workgroup. You would also need to turn on Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing, turn off password protected sharing etc. in the Advanced Sharing settings.

    With Windows 8 or 8.1 the Users folders are shared out by default but not so with Windows 7.
    The three W7 PCs can access each others machines via the Icon under network. They can also access the W8 pc by its icon under network. The W8 pc sees the icons of the W7 pcs and it's own but gets an error when it clicks on any of those icons under network, including its own.

    While the W8 pc can't access other PCs under the network icon, it IS able to access folders on all the other pcs via the machine names under the homegroup folder.
    That is strange but no doubt there is a reason for this behavior like the Workgroup name not being the same or an Anti Virus software preventing access, I've never once seen this problem in my own network so I don't believe it's an inherit problem with Windows 8.

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  2. #12


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    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    I have no such problems accessing my Windows 7 PC's through the common Workgroup. You shouldn't need to use the same user name and password just to access shared folders on Windows 7 PC's.

    It's required to set up sharing for the Users folder on the Windows 7 machines in order for any folders to be sharable through the Workgroup. You would also need to turn on Network Discovery and File and Printer sharing, turn off password protected sharing etc. in the Advanced Sharing settings.

    With Windows 8 or 8.1 the Users folders are shared out by default but not so with Windows 7.
    The three W7 PCs can access each others machines via the Icon under network. They can also access the W8 pc by its icon under network. The W8 pc sees the icons of the W7 pcs and it's own but gets an error when it clicks on any of those icons under network, including its own.

    While the W8 pc can't access other PCs under the network icon, it IS able to access folders on all the other pcs via the machine names under the homegroup folder.
    That is strange but no doubt there is a reason for this behavior like the Workgroup name not being the same or an Anti Virus software preventing access, I've never once seen this problem in my own network so I don't believe it's an inherit problem with Windows 8.
    It don't think its a workgroup name problem or it wouldn't be able to access the other PCs via homegroup. Antivirus and firewall are just stock Windows 8.

    I'm wondering if something got hosed in the 8.1 upgrade? Too bad the W8 refresh wipes all the desktop apps or I'd give it a try. I may wait just to see if update 1 straightens it out before I do a refresh. I don't hold out too much hope though for update 1.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post

    The three W7 PCs can access each others machines via the Icon under network. They can also access the W8 pc by its icon under network. The W8 pc sees the icons of the W7 pcs and it's own but gets an error when it clicks on any of those icons under network, including its own.

    While the W8 pc can't access other PCs under the network icon, it IS able to access folders on all the other pcs via the machine names under the homegroup folder.
    That is strange but no doubt there is a reason for this behavior like the Workgroup name not being the same or an Anti Virus software preventing access, I've never once seen this problem in my own network so I don't believe it's an inherit problem with Windows 8.
    It don't think its a workgroup name problem or it wouldn't be able to access the other PCs via homegroup. Antivirus and firewall are just stock Windows 8.

    I'm wondering if something got hosed in the 8.1 upgrade? Too bad the W8 refresh wipes all the desktop apps or I'd give it a try. I may wait just to see if update 1 straightens it out before I do a refresh. I don't hold out too much hope though for update 1.
    The Workgroup functions completely independent of the Homegroup.

    Homegroups will work even if the Workgroup names aren't the same.

    The hosed theory is probably more likely to be the problem.

    You can check for system file integrity and component store problems by following the directions in the link below.

    Accessing internet
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  4. #14


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post

    That is strange but no doubt there is a reason for this behavior like the Workgroup name not being the same or an Anti Virus software preventing access, I've never once seen this problem in my own network so I don't believe it's an inherit problem with Windows 8.
    It don't think its a workgroup name problem or it wouldn't be able to access the other PCs via homegroup. Antivirus and firewall are just stock Windows 8.

    I'm wondering if something got hosed in the 8.1 upgrade? Too bad the W8 refresh wipes all the desktop apps or I'd give it a try. I may wait just to see if update 1 straightens it out before I do a refresh. I don't hold out too much hope though for update 1.
    The Workgroup functions completely independent of the Homegroup.

    Homegroups will work even if the Workgroup names aren't the same.

    The hosed theory is probably more likely to be the problem.

    You can check for system file integrity and component store problems by following the directions in the link below.

    Accessing internet
    Thanks for clarifying homegroup/workgroup. Didn't realize that. Ill check out your links and report back.
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