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Laptop with Win7 and Desktop with Win8.1 sharing problem

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by paulbasel View Post
    I think I have found the problem, or at least part of it.

    Since I have been working without a Homegroup for the last two days while testing, I decided to create a new one on the Desktop and then joined it with the laptop. However, I still could not access files in either direction. It was the original problem.

    I then created a new local user (Paul) on the AsusLaptop with admin permissions. Logging on with that account I am able to access all of the files on the D drive of the AsusMain desktop. So the original user account (Christine) on the laptop must be corrupted.

    However, in the other direction (from AsusMain to AsusLaptop) I only see 4 libraries on AsusLaptop with nothing in them (see screenshot), even though there are files in the "Documents" library on the laptop. Double clicking them does nothing. It is as if they are not folders or files, but simply placeholders of some kind - strange.

    At the bottom of the screen under Network are the 9 folders plus the "D" drive on the laptop. Only "Paul Documents" and "Users" are accessible. I think that is that because the others were create by the corrupted user account? Am I right about that?

    I don't care about the Libraries, I don't use them anyhow but I would like to know if there is a method of transferring files and settings from one account (Christine - the corrupted one) to my new Paul account? Or am I asking for trouble doing that. Worst case, I can make a current backup of the files and then just delete the Christine account and redo all the settings for the new Paul account.

    Finally, what advice do you also have for going back and resetting the security and sharing on both computers. I have changed so much that I really don't know where to begin.
    Yes I can see with all the shares created which can create huge problems. Resetting all that would be quite a task but can be done. You would have more security and better luck using a Microsoft account when you set up these machines.

    You really don't want to mess with the NTFS permission settings unless you have to and in most cases it can be avoided by using Homegroups.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    To chev65 and all the others of you who help me with this problem - a big thank you. I have transferred all my files to the new user account on the laptop and deleted the corrupted account. I can now access files in both directions.

    I plan to go through every folder and setting and check the security and sharing permissions and set it up to be as secure as possible. Make one change then test. It could take a while.

    Thanks again guys for all your help.

    Paul
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by paulbasel View Post
    To chev65 and all the others of you who help me with this problem - a big thank you. I have transferred all my files to the new user account on the laptop and deleted the corrupted account. I can now access files in both directions.

    I plan to go through every folder and setting and check the security and sharing permissions and set it up to be as secure as possible. Make one change then test. It could take a while.

    Thanks again guys for all your help.

    Paul
    Ok good, glad I could help.

    I wouldn't mess with the NTFS permissions unless it's absolutely necessary.

    If you want more security create a Homegroup and join from the other machine. This will isolate all folders from anyone else connecting to the local Workgroup.

    Feel free to mark this as solved.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Many thanks again. I have joined both machines to the Homegroup so if you feel that is enough security I'll go with that solution. Problem solved.
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