Can't get two ethernet networked computers to communicate

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  1. Posts : 70
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       #11

    Edward2, I tried doing what you said, but when I tried to create the shortcut on PC2 I was once again asked for network credentials and told that my password was wrong. (Though if I ever get this problem straightened out that might be a quick way of accessing files on the networked computer.)
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  2. Posts : 11
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       #12

    Ok, so I would try to create a second fresh Administrator user. Set security to require User selection and the password to login, then login with your new user credentials to verify that it does let your new user login.

    Then try the new user credentials to connect from the other PC. It feels like this is just a credentials issue, otherwise you wouldn't be getting the prompt for the UN & pw.
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  3. Posts : 70
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       #13

    [Edward2, I thought I'd replied to your note but apparently it didn't get posted. Here it is again.]

    I tried your suggestion, but when I tried to create the shortcut on PC2, I was asked once again for my Network credentials and told my password was wrong. (However your suggestion would be a quick way of accessing files on a networked computer if ever I get this problem solved. Thanks!)
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  4. Samuria's Avatar
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       #14

    Are you saying you have shared a complete drive and given everyone rights that is madness as any virus can spread and it's a hacker dream for the whole drive use c$ and you give an administrative username and password on the PC your connecting to.

    If NetBIOS isn't running then you should be able to connect via IP is \\,192.168.1.5\sharename
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  5. Posts : 70
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       #15

    I tried creating new user accounts on both computers, and indeed I could then access both computers' files on the Network! So thanks!

    Unfortunately, however, while this shows that the computers can be networked, it's not satisfactory as a final solution, since using the new accounts would mean having to redo all the extensive customization I've done on both computers. I'm hoping there is a positive answer to two possible work-arounds:

    (1) Is there a way of importing all customization from one user account to another? -or-
    (2) Is there a way of resetting the credentials info on my original user accounts?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Samuria, no worries - I'd shared everything temporarily trying to get this problem solved. When it is I will unshare at least the C: drive. (In any case since there are only two computers on my network a hacker gaining access to the second computer would find basically identical information as on the first, and my laptop is normally not even connected to my ethernet network, but only briefly when I'm actively syncing files.)

    What do you mean by "use c$"? On the laptop I do enter the administrator password when it asks me for it, but it says it's wrong. On the desktop I'm not asked for a username or password. I tried connecting to "\\,192.168.1.5\{username}" and got a blank screen.
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  6. SoFine409's Avatar
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       #16

    This might give you a way to transfer you user data to your new account.
    Fix You've been signed in with a temporary profile in Windows 10
    Before you try it you should run a complete image backup in case something goes wrong.
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  7. Posts : 391
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       #17

    coffent said:
    I tried creating new user accounts on both computers, and indeed I could then access both computers' files on the Network! So thanks!

    Unfortunately, however, while this shows that the computers can be networked, it's not satisfactory as a final solution, since using the new accounts would mean having to redo all the extensive .
    Probably not needed. See my reaction in NETWORK PROBLEM: Network Credentials
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  8. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #18

    coffent said:
    I tried creating new user accounts on both computers, and indeed I could then access both computers' files on the Network! So thanks!
    One setting that's often overlooked (probably cause its listed under Remote Desktop) is the "Allow remote connections to this computer" checkbox under System properties, "Remote" tab.

    • Control panel, System, Advanced system settings. Under system properties click the remote tab.

    Do this on both PC's and see how that goes. Also note the PC needs to be on. There's also no need to enable SMB1 (if all PC's are Win 10 PC's).

    coffent said:
    Unfortunately, however, while this shows that the computers can be networked, it's not satisfactory as a final solution, since using the new accounts would mean having to redo all the extensive customization I've done on both computers. I'm hoping there is a positive answer to two possible work-arounds:

    (1) Is there a way of importing all customization from one user account to another? -or-
    (2) Is there a way of resetting the credentials info on my original user accounts?
    I've no answer to this one since I've never created a new user account for myself. Created plenty of user accounts, but never for myself due to issues.
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  9. Try3's Avatar
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       #19

    coffent said:
    Perhaps I could delete my user account on each computer then recreate it, except I'm not sure how to do that (as opposed to deleting another user's account), or if that's even possible.
    No, don't delete anything.

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  10. Try3's Avatar
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       #20

    coffent said:
    Unfortunately, however, while this shows that the computers can be networked, it's not satisfactory as a final solution, since using the new accounts would mean having to redo all the extensive customization I've done on both computers.
    There's no need to do anything. The account used to solve the network credentials problem does not need to be the account in use at any time - it was merely an authorisation tool. Just use whatever account you want for your day-to-day computing and that network credentials authorisation will allow the computers to communicate whatever account is being used.

    Denis
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