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Media players cannot connect to file share in Windows 8.1

  1. #31


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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    OldGuyGeek, some third party software does not like to use the Live account for network credentials. That is why you have to still use the Local account. Even with the work around that Kari posted, some third party software does not even like that way to log in. That is what the problem the OP is having.

    SMB/Samba still has not been fixed for this issue. You have to use the way that Kari posted, to get around the issue.
    Understood, but that's why I asked what he was using. Just because a particular program has trouble with accessing features, doesn't mean you start modifying rights or using a different account. If you continue to use software that doesn't perform as expected, you end up with software that eventually becomes harder and harder to make it work. Another patch from the OS may make all your work for naught until the software provides an update. Your point with SMB/Samba is a good example of that. I'm sure they will update it eventually, but then you have this group of users who have gone to extraordinary lengths to get the feature set they want.

    I also get that he may like a certain program and doesn't want to change. But when a program doesn't meet the standards in an OS, then it's usually time to find one that does.

    As a developer, I never try to give people a feature or construct a work-around because it just leads to headaches for both the user and the developer. I have stuff that's been running for over 10 years because it used the standards required by the OS at the time. When the OS manufacturer changes something, they usually (not always) have legacy support for the old methods. That way, the developer doesn't have to make many patches and gets VERY few customer complaints.

    Take Fraps for example. It used some calls that were dependent on the Aero functionality. But Fraps never got updated for Windows 8, even after 2 years. People still buy it, but even after the developer promised to update it, nothing. Not since February 2013. There are now plenty of screen capturing programs out there that work with Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    IMHO, then it's time to find a piece of software that has the features you want, works under the OS and is supported. Usually you can find one that is very close to the software that doesn't work.

    All that being said, I agree with kevindd992002. Let's just agree to disagree. What's important, is if Kari's solution worked for kevindd992002. If the combination of system (or server name) and user name works with the software that he's using. Hopefully, it should. That login scenario is the default behavior for years, whether you are on Windows or other OS. Hopefully all he has to do is enter the server name before the user name.

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  2. #32


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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    I have never had any issues in sharing media with a Microsoft Account.

    The thing is you do not use the MS account name as username on your home network. Instead you use a combination of computer name and the user profile name. Notice that the user profile name is never the same than the MS account used for login.

    I'll try to explain:

    A user called Vladimir Obama sets Windows 8.1 up using his MS account vladimir.obama@AnEmailService.com and uses these credentials to log in to Windows. He has named the computer as VladsMonsterRig. The system creates a user profile for Vladimir in C:\Users\Vladimir. For all Windows networking purposes this user is now \\VladsMonsterRig\Vladimir, the password being the same Vladimir has for his MS account.

    Whenever the networking now requires this user to enter his credentials, Vladimir gives them as follows:

    • User: \\VladsMonsterRig\Vladimir
    • Password: The MS account password


    Kari
    I just tried this method but unfortunately it still doesn't work

    Are you sure it isn't supposed to be just VladsMonsterRig\Vladimir for the username? If it's just that then that makes sense, as your specifying the domain to be the local computer name. I know that method of authenticating way way back. But the instructions you posted above where you specified "\\" in front, that I never knew because you only usually use that when accessing a UNC path.

    EDIT: It got past the password protected sharing authentication part when I used the VladsMonsterRig\Vladimir which I expected. At the folder security authentication level though, it doesn't want to accept the same credentials.

    But when I log on to the password protected sharing authentication level using the local account, it goes through just fine and doesn't even ask me for the folder security authentication level as I assume that it uses the same account I just typed in.
    Last edited by kevindd992002; 19 Sep 2014 at 21:12.
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    Anyone, please?
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