Win7 when configured on peer-to-peer Network, Win 7 has three types of
Home Network = Works only between Win 7 computers. This type of
configuration makes it very easy to Entry Level Users to start Network
Work Network = Basically similar to the previous methods of sharing that let
you control what, how, and to whom folders would be shared with.
Public Sharing = Public Network (like Internet cafe) to reduce security
The Work Network is the one that most of us are going (and need) to use.
Win 7 Work Network's Sharing settings are in principle similar to Vista's
configuration, some menus locations in Win 7 might be in different place,
and look a little different, but it should not be a problem to adapt.
Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
General example, http://www.ezlan.net/faq#trusted
Win7 Work Network with a little visual help),
Vista File and Printer Sharing-
Windows XP File Sharing -
Printer Sharing XP -
Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -
Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista (Not need for XP-SP3) -
When finished with the setting of the system it is advisable to Reboot all
the hardware including Router and all computers involved.
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).
"Angstromm" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> My desktop is a Win7 Ultimate system and laptop is Vista Ultimate. I've
> tired setting all the permissions for accessing certain drives on my
> Desktop (and laptop) but can't seem to access anything except the the
> usual Publich folders. At first, I was able to access an external, USB 1.5
> TB drive, but as soon as I formatted from a FAT32 filesystem to NTFS, I
> could no longer access it--get an "Access Denied" error. I've gone back in
> to check all permissions and everything looks in order. There are other
> drives I'd like access to as well but get the same error message. I set up
> both systems (desktop and laptop) w/o passwords for my user accounts
> (Administrator) and I don't have any other user accounts. I'm stymied and
> have no idea how to proceed. Any/all ideas welcome. Thanks in advance.