Network sharing ntfs and fat32 files

I have searched this forum and found a possible answer to the problem but another answer suggested that the first action should not be necessary. I was unable to find the final answer.
I have two xp-sp3 computers networked. I can see and share files between both computers when the files are in fat32 partitions. I cannot see ntfs partitions even though they have been marked to be shared. (That's probably the wrong terminology but..) The suggestion I saw was to install NETBEUI to both (?) machines. Also, it was suggested that both machines should have the same user,password active. Will this work? Is this the only option. Thanks for any help.

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Hi everyone.

I've been really bothered by a login issue in Vista...

When connecting to a computer on the local network, i'm always asked for a username and password even though i've checked the box that says "remember my username and password". I have to put in the logon credentials everytime i reboot the computer. I've tried the following to no avail....

1) create identical username and passwords on both pc's.
2) went to manage network passwords but the windows logon credential button is disabled
3) mapping the network shared folder
4) create a batch file with a command line that maps the network shared folder and placed it on the startup

just to give you a brief background, this computer i'm trying to access is a file server containing different folders with varied permissions depending on the login used. the file server has win 2003 server and the workstations accessing this use vista home basic.

any inputs?

Fixes a problem in which you cannot open a network-shared application and receive an error message in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.


In Win 7, in Network & Sharing Centre, I can click "See full map" to connect to network computers. Is there an equivalent in Win 8 Pro (I can't find it in Network & Sharing Centre), and if so I would appreciate knowing where.

Thanks and regards, Roy

Fixes a problem in which the Save As dialog box disappears and the file is not saved when you try to download a file in Internet Explorer 9 to a network share on which you have Change permissions.


I have a desktop and a laptop. I would like to get to the files on my desktop using my laptop when I don't want to be at my desk. If I go to "view network computers and devices" on my laptop I see my desktop listed as MOM-PC but when I click on it to open it I get "Windows cannot access //MOM-PC. If I go to the start button and type in the IP address with 192.xxxxxx it shows me the document file and I am good to go. I don't want to have to remember the IP address so how can I get the Network share to work using the PC's name that is shows me is there and connected or how can I get that name to be the IP address if that is what will work?

Dear friends:

Is it possible to have a "C:" partition with NTFS and a second primary
=46AT32 "D:" partition with MsDos, both in the same drive?

The idea is to have two primary partitions, the first formatted with
NTFS and Win2k installed on it, and the second partition, also a
primary one, but formatted with FAT32, with a working MsDos installed
on it.

The idea is that Win2k will see both partitions as C; and D:, but
MsDos will not see the first one, so the second one will be C: for it.

How should I have the BOOT.INI file, on the first partition, in order
to be able to boot to Win2k or to MsDos?

Any hint?

Juan I. Cahis
Santiago de Chile (South America)
Note: Please forgive me for my bad English, I am trying to improve it!

I'm a newbie considering converting one of the two physical drives in my XP pro machine to NTFS and leaving the other FAT32. Is that a doable deal...and advisable?
I'm assuming the NTFS drive won't have any issues sharing its folders with another computer in its workgroup using Win98, but thought I ought to confirm...the old measure twice cut once approach.
Any advise welcome!

I have 2 computers on a home network. My desktop computer is running Win 7 Pro, and it's hardwired to my router. My laptop computer is running XP Pro, and is connected wirelessly.

I created a folder on the Desktop of my desktop computer, named Desktop Share, and set the folder and associated permissions to allow sharing. I then went to my laptop and added the Desktop Share folder to My Network Places, with a shortcut to it on my laptop Desktop. Now I can share files between computers. I set the Desktop Share folder permissions to allow only read permissions from my laptop, to prevent accidentally deleting any files I put into it from my desktop computer.

Now, I would like to do the same thing in reverse, i.e. create a shared folder on my laptop that I can access over the network from my desktop computer. So I set up this folder on my laptop, with appropriate sharing permissions. Now, on my Win 7 desktop, I would like to navigate to the folder (equivalent to using My Network Places in XP to navigate to the shared folder on my desktop). In Win 7, I click on Start/Network, and I see both computers (as well as my wireless printer, of course). But when I double-click on my laptop computer (so that I can navigate to its shared folder), I get a logon failure dialog requesting a network user name and password (see attached picture). I didn't need a password to access the network from my laptop, and I don't know why I should need one to access the desktop on the same network.
When I set up Win 7, I created a Home Network that was assigned a password (which I didn't really want to do). I tried using my Win 7 user name and that password, but it didn't work. I prefer to have no password on either computer to use my home network (named WORKGROUP on both computers).

I'm confused about what to do here, and could use some help, please.

Hi, all. I hope this is the right place for this question.
I have several dozen Reference Manager databases stored on a network share. I recently discovered that the permissions for many of these files aren't correct. Assuming I have the correct administrative privileges (or at least that the login I will be using has them), is there an easy way to set the permissions of, say the "Everyone" group associated with an object, and (if necessary) to remove any inherited properties? (I'm sorry if I sound like a techno-peasant, but my forte is VBA, not network management.)
By the way, our network servers are running several versions of the Windows OS, but mostly they are 2000 Server and 2003 server.

I have this posted in a network forum but haven't gotten any answers yet. Hoping someone here might have a clue.

This is weirder than necessary but, since it's Windows, I suppose it cannot really be classified as surprising.

We have a small peer to peer network of WinXP Pro machines. I have set up the Shared Documents folders on each so that they are fully shared. Files can be modified, folder is not read-only. All the things I could find that should make the files accessible. And some files are accessible but MS Office files are being recalcitrant. I haven't tested every possible file creating program but my results so far are that Notepad files are no problem, Word files are sometimes but not always a problem, and Publisher files are impossible.

What happens is that when the user uses File, Save As to put a copy of the file in their Shared Documents folder, the document is visible to the other users on the network but the file cannot be opened, reporting that it is in use by another user. This is true even if the creating program is shut down on the creator's computer.

With Notepad, this is not true. Never have had a problem opening a text file on the remote computers. With Word, occasionally one will open without problem, a couple would not allow opening in the Shared folder but would allow them to be copied out to the users desktop and then opened, and a couple would not allow opening in any way. With Publisher, none of the files are openable or copyable at the remote machines. The programs report the files are locked and in use by another user. (All are still openable on the creating machine.)

I have found a workaround. The creator saves the file to another folder and uses Explorer to copy the file to the Shared folder. This works fine for all files (so far). The staff, however, finds this non-intuitive. Does anyone have a suggestion as to why this is happening and how to cure it?

BTW, I have tried using the WhoLockMe utility to discover the locking program/user but it produces no output in these instances.

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I have a new install of Windows 8 Home and am trying to log in to a network share. The problem is that it is trying to force me to log in with PCnameusername and the share is expecting only uname. If I click on the change username button it is still forcing me to use PCnameusername and wont let me change it.

I had the same problem with a Windows 7 Professional box and found this solution: Windows File Share From Outside the Domain

1. Start – Control Panel – System and Security – Administrative Tools – Local Security Policy
2. In the left pane, Local Policies – Security Options
3. In the right pane, double click “Network security: LAN Manager authentication level”
4. Select “Send LM&NTLM – use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated”
5. Apply – OK

But there’s no local security policy on the windows 8 box, I was thinking maybe because it’s Home and the Win 7 is professional?
Does anyone have a workaround so I can access the network share on my win 8 box?


Hello, thanks for reading this,

I'm sharing somes folder located on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 for other workstation (XP and Vista). I made every step and everything is working very well for a couple of hours (4 to 6 hours), after that, the connection seems to be lost between XP and Windows 7. I still can ping 7, but I cannot get the share, a windows come up "cannot connect, you dont have rights...". Vista still can see 7 but weird things happen (some files cannot be reach). I have another Windows 7 workstation who dont have any problem to connect with the other one.

The only thing to do to restore the share is to reboot 7 workstation. Also, I made a test on the 7 workstation with the command "NET SESSION xpcomputername /delete" to kill the session of one of the xp workstation who lost his network share and it worked ! His session have been reactivated.

Now, my question, how to be able to get a stable network sharing without any drop ?

Fixes an issue in which you cannot change an open file on a network share from a computer that is running Window 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. The issue occurs when the file server that hosts the network share is running under a heavy load.


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I have two computers on my network. Both use Windows 7-64 and both have Homegroups enabled with all the file types enabled (video, printers, etc).
My problem is that I get an error message when I try to connect to any subdirectory under the users name (on the other computer). I can see the file structure and can see the subdirectory, I just cannot open it up when I click on it (using Explorer under the "Network" heading. The error message is something like this: You do not have permission to access (network directory name and file name). By the way, I have enabled sharing with my C: drives on both machines and I can share files with other drives and subdirectories, just not the ones under C:Users(UserName) . Any ideas of what setting I am missing?

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This question is long and has been written about much in many strings in this and other forums. None have worked for me to date. I think that the issue may be that the provider of answers to these other similar questions seem to assume that the overall setup of the machine in question is in a virgin install state for all the settings. I have been trying to resolve this for several days and have made many changes in many places in an attempt to solve. I am hoping that by providing a very detailed question, someone can provide an overall answer and not just reference an article that gives general overviews. I am afraid that I may have other settings that now require adjusting because they might be different than initial settings. Thank you in advance.

GOAL: To share a password protected folder (and its sub folders) on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit PC with other PC’s on a home network. Those other PC’s consist of both Windows 7 & Vista PC’s. User on those other machines would be able to see the shared folder but not able to connect unless they provide a valid user name and password. My wife’s PC would need to be able to have a persistent connection to this shared folder. The other PC’s would only connect as needed for short periods of time. Bottom line is that no one can have access to the contents of this share without entering a specific user name and password. I have no homegroup set up because of the mix of Windows 7 & Vista PC’s. Each user of each PC has a different login.

Here is what I have done so far:
Computer Management- Shared FoldersSharesUsersUser Properties. Removed and then re-added Users. I did this because I found that anyone on my home network can see and access this PC’s Users folders and all sub folders. I put back users because when removed I could not “share” any sub folders under Users, which is where the desired folder is located….
Target Folder needing to be Shared from Explorer- C:Users”My Profile”My Documents”Folder to be shared”. Share with specific users. Added a user account created on the machine specifically to be used to log onto this share from other network PC’s.
Target Folder needing to be Shared from Explorer- Right clicked this folder properties Advanced Sharing Shared this folder. Have since changed back.
Network and Sharing Center- Change advanced sharing settings. The following are chosen: Turn on network discovery. Turn on file and print sharing. Turn off public folder sharing. Media streaming is off. Use 128-bit encryption. Turn on password protected sharing. Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers.

I please need all these areas addressed to ensure I have not changed something in any of them that is causing failure. At this moment others on the network can see and freely access this PC’s “Users” folder and sub folder. The desired shared folder cannot be scene in network from any of the other home network PC’s.


So, running Windows 7 RC on a laptop.

Have a Vista PC (all latest updates and SPs) on my home network that has multiple shares (photos, music, docs etc).

Have mapped these shares onto my W7 laptop.

Whenever I try and access the files in the shares (open photos to view, docs to edit etc) from the W7 laptop via windows explorer, I get the blue circle, time goes by, "not responding" message appears and eventually (...eventually) explorer will un-grey itself and the file/photo etc will appear.

It happens every time.

I have multiple PCs (Both Vista and XP) that are able to access the network shares no problem.

Any help appreciated