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#1 Martin Stendorf Jensen

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 10:58

Hi Neowin!

First post on this site ever.

At home, me and my roomie used to, under windows 7 to share files freely withion our workgroup, and it worked as intended.

I then decided to start developing for the windows phone and the marketplace and i therefore updated to windows 8.
I slowly got the hang of it, and actually likes it more and more... BUT! and there's always a but with MS it seems...

The filesharing does not work anymore, well the windows 7 computer can acces everything i share on the windows 8 machine.
The problem is, from the windows 8 machine i can only acces the public folders on the windows 7 machine.. Everything shared manually like drives og folders i can't gain acces to... It pops op a window with the help from windows troubleshooting, as usual windows troubleshooting is worth nothing.. So here i stand, wanting to share files, but can't?


My sharing settings are at the moment completely open on both machines, that means password sharing of, network discovery and filesharing on etc.

Anyone ran into this issue? Maybe solved how to fix it?

And on top of that, i do not want my users folder to be shared, but everytime i unshare it windows 8 just share it right back on next reboot?`- It's starting to **** me of seeing that i've used mac for a lot of years and yes, compared to this "It just works!", even on beta releases that is :)


Any takers ?


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:00

Firewall on the 7 machine ?

#3 OP Martin Stendorf Jensen

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:18

Hmm... Yes there is, but seeing that it worked this way under windows 7, and it is the same homegroup, and i can acces his public folders i cannot see how that should be an issue, or am i wrong?

- Wich exception would i have to add?

#4 georgevella

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:25

It works (it's a really stupid question, if it was indeed broken people would be rioting in front of MS offices WORLDWIDE). It looks like a problem on the Win7 machine, possibly permissions related. Could you try using the IP address instead of the host name of the target? I've seen it happen a couple of times on my network, but it's some snuffu on my wireless router which I haven't bothered fixing yet.

Edited by georgevella, 29 September 2012 - 11:28.


#5 OP Martin Stendorf Jensen

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:27

So when it worked with the excact same setiings when the other machine ran windows 7, but it does not work from that machine after update?
What would you suggest the wrong settings should be?

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:27

Yea if you can access public folders its sounds more like a permissions issue

Have you tried disabling the homegroup and manual shares and enabling them again ?

If its completely open, adding "Everyone" to the shared and advanced shared users permissions on the 7 machine


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#7 OP Martin Stendorf Jensen

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:38

Everyone has read acces, that should be enough, or am i wrong? I do not need the full control and change options, unless ofcourse that is necessary, but that must not be the case :)

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:41

Everyone has read acces, that should be enough, or am i wrong? I do not need the full control and change options, unless ofcourse that is necessary, but that must not be the case :)


Yea read access should be enough to see the files, so long as there is no "deny" permissions on the folders, deny takes privilege over allow rules from what I remember

Did you try deleting and remaking all the rules ?

#9 OP Martin Stendorf Jensen

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:45

The only setting active is read acces for everyone :/ I'm not home at the moment, but i'll chech later with all the settings granted to everyone ;)

The other issue is that my windows 8 machine seems to share my users folder over and over again when i un-share it? Anyone has some idea for the problem here?

#10 Travis959

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:18

I have the same issue, however if I keep clicking on my share, eventually it will go through. My shares are set for "Everyone" to read/write/modify and I had no issues with accessing them before upgrading to 8. I even added window credentials for the PC under Windows 8, but it still tells me "the network path was not found" which is false because I can ping the hostname fine - and like I said, it will eventually let me through to the share. I can also access it using remote desktop and VNC using the host name with no problems either.

It's annoying to say the least as my Windows 7 desktop is my main hub for videos/music/etc.

#11 remixedcat

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:29

Computer Management>Shared Folders>Shares>see if they're listed

#12 soldier1st

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:28

Windows 8 isin't officialy released yet so that may be your problem.

#13 Travis959

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 17:54

It is for us with MSDN accounts. I doubt that has anything to do with it regardless.

As for remixedcat's question, yes they are.

#14 +LogicalApex

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 18:01

Windows 8 isin't officialy released yet so that may be your problem.


So Microsoft has parts of Windows that turn on on the release date and not a moment before? Can you name a few?

#15 SledgeNZ

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 18:10

There's a couple of things you can try:

First up:
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings

Select 'Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers'.

Other than that you can try this one:
http://www.jimmah.co...iltertoken.aspx

edit: I'm using both of these options to enable sharing & admin shares on my network which has:
3 x Win 8 RTM, 4 x Win 7 (Mix of hardware and vm's)