Windows 10: Business type workgroup Network

  1. DocBrown's Avatar
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    Win7 Enterprize
       19 Oct 2014 #1

    Business type workgroup Network

    Finally installed Win10 on a computer with raw HD. It installed realtively easy.
    But I can not figure out how to setup a network to see two Win7 computers on a small business type workgroup.
    I disabled Homegroup since I am most comfortable without them. But in trying to setup a network workgroup with my Cisco-Linksys wired router, Win10 just has been searching for 2 hours to do the setup????

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  2. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       19 Oct 2014 #2

    Doc, even when the Homegroup is not used and you use Home or Work network location (Windows 7) and Private (Windows 8 & 10) you shouldn't need to do anything else than to enable sharing on each Windows rig as shown in this screenshot (from Windows 7, the same settings apply for 8 & 10):

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    (The last highlighted item: you can of course also select Password protected sharing ON, as you wish. I have it OFF in home network.)

    When done, network shows all computers:

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    ... with access to shares on each, here the shares on a Windows 7 Ultimate desktop seen from a Windows 10 laptop:

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    There's no need to create any networks, that's automatic as long as all computers belong to same workgroup and subnet. I'm using Windows firewall on each rig, third party firewalls might need some settings changed.

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  3. DocBrown's Avatar
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       19 Oct 2014 #3

    Thanks Kari,

    I forgot to set the correct Workgroup name after installing Win-10

    Now I can see the Win7 shared computers and folders :)

    But the Win7 computers can't access the Win-10 computer

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  4. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       19 Oct 2014 #4

    You are sure your sharing settings in Windows 10 are correct and that Network Discovery is turned on?

    Check these settings in Private and All Networks in Windows 10:

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    When done you should have no issues. I can access my shares on this Windows 10 laptop from Windows 7 & 8 machines, both physical and virtual, as well as from Linux machines without issues. Here a Windows 7 desktop accessing shares on Windows 10 laptop:

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  5.    27 Oct 2014 #5


    What Linux distro are you using? What version of Samba do you have installed (ver3.x, ver4.x)? Is your Linux PC acting as a Samba client or Samba server in your network configuration?
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       27 Oct 2014 #6


    • CentOS 7
    • Samba is default which will be installed with OS, not on Linux machine now but it must be the latest 4.x version
    • Client only, my server runs Windows 8.1 Pro
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