> 3 PCs are in a workgroup via a router:
> PC1 = Desktop, running Vista Home Premium, connection = wired.
> User A/C = JPR but no password.
> PC2 = Laptop, running Vista Ultimate, connection = wireless.
> User A/C = ASC with a password.
> PC3 = Laptop, running Vista Home Premium, connection = wireless.
> User A/C = JPR with a password.
> They're on the same workgroup, have identical network setups (ie Discovery
> is on, File Sharing is on, Password setting is off) and IP numbers are all
> Static and correct. They all access the internet fine, and whilst
> troubleshooting, all firewalls are disabled.
> Problem: PC1 needs to be accessed by PC2 and PC3 so relevant folders and
> the E: drive on PC1 have been shared and full permissions allowed for
> While PC2 (with Vista Ultimate) accesses PC1 fine, PC3 (with Vista Home
> Premium) is prompted for a username and password ... which works fine, but
> I'm prompted again after rebooting PC3. Grrr - not what I want (
> Can someone please guide me on tweaking things so that PC3 doesn't need a
I'm sorry, but you should create matching user accounts which have matching
passwords on all accounts. You should not need to disable any firewalls;
they just need to be configured correctly. See below for details.
Problems sharing files between computers on a network are generally caused
by 1) a misconfigured firewall or overlooked firewall (including a stateful
firewall in a VPN); or 2) inadvertently running two firewalls such as the
built-in Windows Firewall and a third-party firewall; and/or 3) not having
identical user accounts and passwords on all Workgroup machines; 4) trying
to create shares where the operating system does not permit it.
A. Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local Area Network (LAN)
traffic as trusted. With Windows Firewall, this means allowing File/Printer
Sharing on the Exceptions tab. Normally running the Network Setup Wizard on
XP will take care of this for those machines.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 2006/07) which acts as a firewall, then you're
fine. With third-party firewalls, I usually configure the LAN allowance
with an IP range. Ex. would be 192.168.1.0-192.168.1.254. Obviously you
would substitute your correct subnet. Do not run more than one firewall. DO
NOT TURN OFF FIREWALLS; CONFIGURE THEM CORRECTLY.
B. For ease of organization, put all computers in the same Workgroup. This
is done from the System applet in Control Panel, Computer Name tab.
C. Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not
need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
need to exist and match on all machines. DO NOT NEGLECT TO CREATE
PASSWORDS, EVEN IF ONLY SIMPLE ONES. If you wish a machine to boot directly
to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for convenience, you
can do this. The instructions at this link work for both XP and Vista:
Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -
D. If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center, turn off
Simple File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab).
E. Create shares as desired. XP Home does not permit sharing of users' home
directories or Program Files, but you can share folders inside those
directories. A better choice is to simply use the Shared Documents folder.
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