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  1. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,482
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #21

    Joe,

    You do not have a network problem.

    I thik you have just posted that the admin user account Joe has the same password on every computer. Good.

    Now I urge you to review those strange sharing permissions.

    Denis
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  2. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) SP1 (build 7601)
    Thread Starter
       #22

    Denis,

    Clearly I have unnecessarily over-complicated things by:
    1. Using the same names for the computers and user accounts, and
    2. Have shared the shared folders to too many entities.


    I am going to untangle this...
    1. Computers will have names like DadsLaptop and User accounts will have names like Tom, Dick and Harry, and
    2. All folders that I want to share will be shared with EVERYONE and no one else.


    Is this a good start to make this more manageable?

    Joe
      My Computer

  3. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,482
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #23

    Joe,

    That's what I would do but, as long as you have made a recent system image of each computer, you could just delete those additional sharing entries because that change might be enough to allow Word to see the network clearly -
    MOMSLAPTOP//DadsLaptop,
    MOMSLAPTOP//Joe, and
    MOMSLAPTOP//Sue
    If that fixes things you could leave everything else as it was if you wanted.

    Clearly I have unnecessarily over-complicated things
    Not really. Jack spotted it very early on but I didn't.

    Denis
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) SP1 (build 7601)
    Thread Starter
       #24

    JackHughs said:
    Back in Post #7 you said that you could access the network shares on MomsLaptop by typing \\MomsLaptop\users\user.
    Correct

    JackHughs said:
    This is good inasmuch as it shows that you have a functioning network and that your computer is capable of resolving the computername "MomsLaptop" into a correct ip address.
    I agree.

    JackHughs said:
    Practically speaking, you have 100% of what you need to use your LAN. You just can't use it the way you want.
    I would agree that I have 100% of what I "need" IF... I did not have to teach and then remind my wife that when she is working on her laptop, she needs to access files on my two computers differently than when she is working on my computers and trying to access files on her laptop.
    JackHughs said:
    My personal experience with exactly the same problem was that I could never solve the "permissions" issue so I simply continued to use this method to access my other computer. After about two weeks, the permissions problem resolved itself and everything has been fine since then.
    This is probably the only light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

    Joe
      My Computer

  5. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,482
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #25

    Joe,

    Is your ultimate objective to stave off lunacy by using your time productively while the plague keeps you in the house?
    Do these computers have all their user files and the OS on the same disk?

    If so then consider adding an extra disk or partitioning the single disk into two partitions, one for OS-applications and one for user files.
    - Safe partitioning does necessitate making system images [which might be large] so you can get back to square one if it all goes haywire.
    - If you only have the OS-applications on one disk/partition, it makes system images much smaller & faster so you are more likely to make them more often so, in turn, you are more likely to be able to recover from software faults more quickly & less painfully.
    - If you are ever going to do this job then doing it now [before tidying up the network] would save a lot of repetition. I started doing this a decade ago and would never consider mixing OS-applications with user files these days. I have since rather got the impression that other people realised this two decades ago.

    Just a thought,
    Denis

    PS Does Sue know that you categorise the world into two groups of people -
    1 Everyone, and
    2 Sue?
      My Computer

  6. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,066
    windows 10
       #26

    Post 15 replace pcname with ip

    net use s: \\192.168.1.12\c$
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