Re: Vista shared file visibility from XP machine

HustlingHare wrote:

I've followed (I think) all the steps necessary to share a folder on my
newly buile Vista x64 machine. Checked and double checked against help at
help pages and web help pages and other posting answers. On my XP machine
I can see the folder name in My Network Places\Entire Network\Microsoft
Network\se\my_computer_name\my_folder where se is the workgroup name I
chosen and it is the same in both computers. When I click on my_folder to
see the files and folders withing I get: "my_folder is not accessible.
may not have permission to use this network resource...." What am I

Did you remember to create identical user accounts/passwords on both
machines? If yes, then set permissions on the folder to Everyone. If no,
see details below.

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:

XP - Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

Vista - Start Orb>Search box>type: netplwiz [enter]
Click on Continue (or supply an administrator's password) when prompted by

Uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
computer". Select a user account to automatically log on by clicking on the
desired account to highlight it and then hit OK. Enter the correct password
for that user account (if there is one) when prompted. Leave it blank if
there is no password (null).

If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center, turn off Simple
File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab).

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