Cannot Access file on another PC in my Local Area Network

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by dee, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. dee

    dee Guest

    Hi
    I made a shared folder on my Win XP Pro SP2 machine. I can see the folder
    from my Win XP SP2 but I get a "Access denied" message saying I might not
    have permission to access the folder.
    I have set Full control permission to Everyone on the sharing machine.
    Any ideas why?
    Thanks
    Dee
     
    dee, Jun 12, 2006
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  2. dee

    Malke Guest

    This is most commonly caused by a misconfigured firewall. Run the
    Network Setup Wizard on both computers, making sure to enable File &
    Printer Sharing, and reboot. The only "gotcha" is that this will turn
    on the XPSP2 Windows Firewall. If you aren't running a third-party
    firewall or have an antivirus with "Internet Worm Protection" (like
    Norton 2005/06) which acts as a firewall, then you're fine. If you have
    third-party firewall software, configure it to allow the Local Area
    Network traffic as trusted. I usually do this with my firewalls with an
    IP range. Ex. would be 192.168.1.0-192.168.1.254. Obviously you would
    substitute your correct subnet.

    If one or more of the computers is XP Pro:

    a. If you need Pro's ability to set fine-grained permissions, turn off
    Simple File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab) and create identical user
    accounts/passwords on all computers.

    b. If you don't care about using Pro's advanced features, leave the
    Simple File Sharing enabled.

    Simple File Sharing means that Guest (network) is enabled. This means
    that anyone without a user account on the target system can use its
    resources. This is a security hole but only you can decide if it
    matters in your situation.

    Then create shares as desired. XP Home does not permit sharing of users'
    home directories (My Documents) or Program Files, but you can share
    folders inside those directories. A better choice is to simply use the
    Shared Documents folder.

    If that doesn't work for you, here is an excellent network
    troubleshooter by MVP Hans-Georg Michna. Take the time to go through it
    and it will usually pinpoint the problem area(s) -
    http://winhlp.com/wxnet.htm

    Malke
     
    Malke, Jun 12, 2006
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  3. dee

    dee Guest

    Thanks Malke

     
    dee, Jun 12, 2006
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