Unable to network Win 7 and 10 systems


  1. Posts : 4
    Win7 and 10
       #1

    Unable to network Win 7 and 10 systems


    I've spent hours trying to get file sharing set up between two systems. I followed instructions from about 15 sites, each giving somewhat different advice. None works. I've set up all permissions properly as far as I can tell.

    Setting it up in Win XP was a breeze. Macs do it automatically. What's wrong with the Microsoft engineers? Why do they make everything so difficult?

    Anyone know how to set up file sharing? Same network, same router, wireless connection for one system.
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  2. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
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    Windows 7 uses SMBv1 by default and the latest version of Windows 10 disables SMBv1, since it has been depreciated. File/Folder/Printer sharing has not changed. You need to make sure that Windows 7 is using SMBv2 by default. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...in-windows-and
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  3. Posts : 4
    Win7 and 10
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    bro67 said:
    You need to make sure that Windows 7 is using SMBv2 by default.
    I made the changes in the registry and rebooted. There was no change in behavior. My Win 7 system sees my XP unit but not the Win 10 one.

    Btw, when I do a network map from the Win 7 system, the Win 10 one shows up. But I can't connect to it and can't map to it with the mapping tool.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    You didn't mention an XP machine before, you would need to enable smb1 on the Win 10 PC to connect to XP. That should also allow the Win7 machine to connect.
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
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    Make sure that you are not using a Microsoft Live account to log into your Windows 10 machine.
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  6. Samuria's Avatar
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    windows 10
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    Run this on all pcs and see if they see other pcs and NOTE master browser NetBScanner - NetBIOS scanner

    When you set up the shares did you also set NTFS permissions on the shared folder or you wont get in
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  7. Posts : 4
    Win7 and 10
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    Bree said:
    You didn't mention an XP machine before, you would need to enable smb1 on the Win 10 PC to connect to XP. That should also allow the Win7 machine to connect.
    I'm replacing the xp system. I only mentioned it because it shows up while the win 10 doesn't. Update: I can access files on win 7 device from the win 10 computer. Somehow that just turned on. Didn't restart or anything. But the reverse isn't working. No access to the win 10 from the win 7 one.

    Not using MS Live.
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  8. Samuria's Avatar
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    windows 10
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    Did tool in post 6 see it?
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  9. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Catalina
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    An old thread that is about the W7 and W10 sharing mystery. Network File Sharing Is Not Working - Illustrated Solved - Windows 10 Forums See this walkthrough about how this person solved their XP to 10 problem. Join a Windows XP Computer to a Windows 7/8/10 Homegroup
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  10. Posts : 4
    Win7 and 10
    Thread Starter
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    Samuria said:
    Did tool in post 6 see it?
    Yes. No access though. Then I had a thought. Win 10 seems to revert some settings to default for no apparent reason. I noticed this; it's VERY annoying. So I checked and lo and behold, the sharing setting I had put on the folders had reverted to no sharing and the "Everyone" access had been removed.

    I went through all the other settings and fixed them too. I hope the changes stick this time. I'll try the network access later as I need to do another pressing job right now.
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