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Solved: Unable to Access Certain Files in Shared Folder

Question: Solved: Unable to Access Certain Files in Shared Folder

I've been using file and printer sharing for quite a while on various home networks, but this problem has me completely stumped.

I have one folder on each of 2 Windows XP Pro machines shared. I can access some of the files in this shared folder but not others. The problem is not specific to size (some are larger, others are small) or type (some are EXE's, others are .TXT's). I simply get the "Access denied" error when trying to open, run, or copy some of the files.

I've tried deleting the folder and re-creating it, and that doesn't work. I've disabled Windows firewall on both systems. That didn't work either.

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Answer: Solved: Unable to Access Certain Files in Shared Folder

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Note: It seems adding Everyone and giving it read/execute permissions solved this problem



I have two Vista PCs on a router based home network. If I access private files and folders from PC #1 to PC#2 I can successfully access them. However, when I go the other way, I get an error Acess Denied. Windows diagnoses this by saying " 'folder name' is available but the user account that you are logged on with was denied access". I do have public folder sharing on, and this works good, but the private folders are not accessable. I even tried giving my private folder sharing permissions for the 'everyone' account full control, but I still cant get access it from another account.

Is there an account I need to add to the sharing to get this to work?
NOTE: on the computer I cannot get to share files, the system was originally XP, then I bought a Vista upgrade CD. I changed the name of the only user account on it from 'administrator' to 'Paul' Perhaps file permissions got screwed up.

NOTE 2: When I try to give 'everyone' read/execute access, Vista runs through all the files, changing permissions. However, many folders display an error message " access denied" when it tries to change permissions on them.

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Hi everyone,

I have a simple network with four computers connected together via a switch. Three of the computers are Windows 2003 Server; the fourth is Windows XP Pro. All four machines are in a domain and everyone can see everyone else.

There is a shared folder on the XP Pro machine.

I can access this folder from two of the 2003 servers, which are set up to be domain controllers.

But I can't access the shared folder on the XP machine from the third 2003 server, which is not a domain controller. Error message is access denied, no permission to access the shared resource.

I can see the shared folder but unable to access any sub-folder. The weird thing is that I can access the other shared resources on this XP machine. Just this particular folder that denies me access to its contents.

Please give me some idea to troubleshoot this problem.

Many thanks for your help.

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HI, I Have shared a folder in a workgroup. One computer is Windows Media Center and the other is xp home. The windows file sharing wizard has been run on both computers. The file being shared is a database file inside All users \ application data\ folder. shared the folder for both read and write and even went into safe mode to set permissions to full. From the client computer I can see the folder but cannot open it. I have disabled the fire walls and set exclusions in the antivirus "avast". They are a part of the same workgroup and the user names are the same for both computers. I still cannot for the life of me get this folder to open. I sure do hope someone has an idea. PS I can ping both computers from each other.

Answer:unable to access shared folder

Can you share other folders on the problem machine? Are those pings working by computer name, not just IP address?

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I have a LAN with a PC running 98SE and a wireless Laptop running 2000 Professional. Both computers can access the internet and when I select network neighbourhood on the desktop I can see each computer. The problem I am having is that I can access the shared folder on the 98SE machine from the laptop however when I try and connect to the 2000 machine it is requesting a network password. I never set a password up for this so I am at a loss. The window that comes up asks for;

Enter Network Password
Resource \\Laptop\IPC$

I have enabled file and print sharing on both systems.

Answer:Unable to access shared folder on LAN

Create an account on the 2000 pc with the same logon and password you use on the 98 machine.

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Hello - i'm a bit embarrassed to be posting on this site as i'm usually quiet competent at troubleshooting windows problems.

i'm running xp home sp2 over a wireless net. i've been able to successfully share folders and a printer over the small home network for the past 2-3 years with no problem. the apt that i share the net with recently added some pc's and i noticed them in network neighborhood. i didn't want my shared folder to show up so i disabled it on one of my pc's.

now, after a restart (both soft and hard shutdown), i am totally unable to access the shared folder, and the files within! it shows up in network places but when i try to get into it, i get the following error message:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents is not accessible.

Access is denied.

Some things to note:
Yes, I am logged in as an administrator
I tried to go back to some automatically set restore points to see if that would resolve the did not.
Firewall is on...I've tried it off, change.
I've tried hitting the folder through all of the profiles in the "Documents and Settings" folder directly off C:

I am really, really hopeful that this is just a simple config issue that I'm not aware of and that the data is still there!

Please provide me with any possible resolutions that may help me find my data. Of course, if you need any other info to help, please contact me (directly offline preferred....i do have ... Read more

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I have setup XP Home on one desktop and have setup one user apart from the inbuilt administrator account (to which I have given a password). I have shared a folder and from safe mode I have assigned it permission so that only the user and administrator can access it.
Hence when I access this computer from another machine, I can see the folder but cannot open it. But when I do folder mapping using different user name and password, it maps the folder but still gives access denied error? Please help as I am not able to understand the problem

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Hi experts,
Bit of a head scratcher....
We have a windows 7 laptop, lets call him Lappy1, which is attempting to access the standard user's share location on a server, lets call him Server1.
Server 1 has three shared locations, Share1, Share2 and Share3.  The user's files are stored within Share3, inside a few nested folders.
All devices are on the same network.
Lappy1 can connect to the root of Share1 and Share2, but is getting an access denied message when accessing Share3.
WAIT!! before you start hastily typing away asking me to check the permissions to the share or the NTFS permissions on Share3, i need to explain the reason this is a head scratcher!

It doesn't matter what user account is used on Lappy1, the same result as per above is experienced.  If I use any of those accounts used on Lappy1 on my own desktop device (or most other devices for that matter), they are able to access Share3 with
no issues.This doesn't just affect this one device, there are maybe 3 or 4 devices out of many thousand devices with this same (or apparently the same) issue.  I have only had contact with this one, so I cannot comment with any certainty on those others that
have been mentioned by the techs.I have tried adding the user account used and the machine account to the share permissions for Share3 with no success.The device has been removed from the domain and re-added.The only workaround that has been used previously is to re-image the device, thereby removing... Read more

Answer:Unable to access a network shared folder

Seems to have stumped the rest of you too.
Though I am happy to report we now have a fix for it!
It was the Offline File Cache that was the culprit.  Something went wrong at some point with the CSC folder on the device in question.

Using the "Let me fix it myself" steps in the following support article to re-format the offline files database solved it in this instance.

Hope this helps anyone else with the same issue.

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Hi There,

I have shared a folder on my server with sharing & NTFS permissions.
I am the administrator and have more than the required permissions.

Yet when i try and access the folder from My Computer, it tells me that it is not accessible and that access is denied.

Am I missing something?

Ive done the same for every other user who should have access, with no problems.

Ive also looked at parent permissions and inheriting and have found no reason for this.

Could it be something local?

Thank you

Answer:unable to access NTFS shared folder...

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I have 3 Win-7 64 bit machines in a homegroup. MAC addressing enabled on the router. Machine A, B and C.

All are in a homegroup. I want to share a folder on machine B to the rest of the group so I share with homegroup (read/write allowed). I jump on machine A and C to test, and am able to click network and open machine B and access and modify the shared folder via explorer. I try the same via windows key run explorer, by typing in \machineb\share and I am able to access and modify the folder. However, when I type the IP address ( it will no resolve and I get a "Windows cannot access \path\share."

-I run it in safe mode with no results. Here are my troubleshooting efforts:

-removed all machines from homegroup and and created a new one for all to join -tested this process on machine C. Machine A and B are able to access the share on C via hostname and IP address. -ran ipconfig /flush dns on all machines. Then ran net stop "dns client" and net start "dns client" -restarted router -ran problematic machine (B) in safe mode (no anti-virus). -ran the other machines in safe mode. -on machine A, ran net use to map P: as the machine B share (machineb\share) by mapping to its host name. Successful drive mapping and ability to access. When I try the same to the IP address it's fails again. -disabled firewall on both ends

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Answer:Unable to access shared folder in Win 7 homegroup via IP address

111 views and not one bit of help. Any ideas at least?

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On my home network with 4 PCs I can access all shared files with no problems except from one PC. This PC is running XP SP3 and any files in the folder when it is shared are available and can be opened no problem but any new files moved to or created in this folder are can't be accessed by any of the other computers, as in "Windows media player cannot access this file. The file might be in use, you might not have access" and so on.
Never met this before on my others systems new files and old files are all available as long as they are in a shared folder.
Thanks for any suggestions

Answer:No access to NEW files in Shared folder

Have you compared Properties of a file that can be accessed with one that cannot to make sure ownership and permissions are the same?

XP Home or Pro? If Pro using Simple File Sharing?

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I have 4 worstations in the same HomeGroup
I can access the files of workstation 1 from the two workstations but the 3th one
in the 3th one the the shared folder appears but when I try to aceess the files inside I get an error can't acess contact administrator
the pasword protection is disabled in the workstation 1 and I can access the files from the other two workstations so I have no clue what is going on
I have disabled the firewall and Norton IS on both workstations but still can't access the content of the sahred folder

any help appreciated

Answer:can't access files in shared folder windows 7

have you tried right-clicking and choosing properties on that shared folder

then click the tab for Sharing . . .

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Hi all,

This is a problem that's been bothering me for days. I use an older computer (Windows XP Professional, SP2) that's relatively slow, but has a decent amount of disk space to store some of my files. While I store files on there, I prefer to access the files using my newer computer (Windows XP Home, SP2) since it's faster to extract/unzip files.

I can access all the folders & subfolders in the Shareddocs directory of my old computer perfectly, *except* ZIP/RAR files. Once I unzip the archive, my new computer can access all the files. But if I try to use my new computer to unzip the archives, it's telling me that it cannot find the file & that I don't have permissions for it.

So far, I've tried unchecking the "Simple File Sharing" box, and checking the permissions, and I have given everyone Full Control on my old computer. But I am still unable to extract/view the archives.

Any idea what might be wrong? I can just unzip everything on the old computer, but it's so horrendously slow I'd like some sort of solution to this.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Cannot access selected files in shared folder

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Hi All,
I have a problem where my windows 8.1 laptop after a weekend network update will no longer access shared folders on my company's network domain. If I use a different machine to login (windows 7), access to the folders is fine.  Our IS team assures me
that all permissions are correct. I don't want to if possible rebuild the machine as I have specialised software on it that has taken a while to get sorted, including something that links to a local sql server instance.
Could this be a corrupted profile?  Any suggestions on a solution please? Will I lose ability to use any existing software and / or will I need to re-set these up?
I appreciate any guidance.
Regards, Alexis

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To summarise, when at my Secondary PC a Dell9150 (IP address connected to my home Network via WiFi, I am UNABLE to access the shared files stored on my primary Desktop PC an HP 6140 (IP address Conversely, sharing of a printer and the internet connection works 100% OK.Running a Microsoft Knowledgebase Article (KB314067) has not helped my solve the problem but it has thrown up a couple of interesting points which may give a clue:- (1) When pinging from my primary desktop PC to the secondary one, I get a message "Destination Host Unreachable".(2) When I ran "Hostname" from the command prompt on the secondary PC, it shows itself as the Host, rather than showing the primary PC as the host.Both (1) and (2) above sound suspicious candidates to me but I do not know what to check / fix next. Per an earlier suggestion, I have made both the IP addresses "Trusted Sites". Any steer would be much appreciated .Pictures of the Ping test results are attached:---------------------------------------------click hereclick here

Answer:PC unable to access shared files on home network

Soory - the way this site seems to operate it looks like the Photobucket URL is removed by the site.

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hey guys, I use my android phone to access my files in my pc through es file explorer but after i upgraded to windows 10 i can't access it anymore but seems to work fine if i turn off my windows firewall for my private network help please

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I have shared one folder and in security I added "everyone" and given full permission (full control, write, etc.)

But still I cannot access some pdf files in the folder from another computer. I can open the folder but when I try to open the pdf file I'm getting some permission error. Then I went to the first computer I selected all pdf files >> right click >> properties >> I changed security and added everyone there. Then I could open the pdf files from another computer.

Now the problem is every time when I add some files in the shared folder. I have to select all the files inside and add permission even though the folder itself is given full permission. I wonder why is it so?

Answer:shared folder with full permission cannot access files inside

If the same users access this folder. Add each person individually with Full Control rather then the Everyone Group to the permissions of the folder. Or You can add the users to the Power Users Group. Then allow the Power Users Group to have Full control.

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First off, this is my first post, looks like a great place!

Now, at my work, we have a small network with computers sharing files between the others. I have attached a network diagram to help explain this better.

Our Win7 machine is our main computer that shares an external hard drive with much information that the other computers need to access. What we have noticed is either after a sleep, or even a period of time of say, 2 hours, those files are no longer able to be accessed. The Win7 machine is still sharing them, but the WinXP machines are unable to access them anymore and my Mac can see the computer is unable to connect to the folders. I have gone and attempted to get some help over at Microsofts site but that was a fail. Here is the link to the forum post there.

A member there gave me this:


The Network connection is probably not resuming after sleep.

First try this,

It is in the Network Connection Properties under the Network card configuration.

If it already checked this way, or does not work after checking, the Network card has to be taken out of the computer's Power Saving loop, and stay on all the time.

Otherwise, Updating the Card with the latest OEM drivers (downloaded from the computer's support site) might help too.

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Answer:Unable to access shared files over network after period of time.

Welcome to TSF!

Can you access a shared folder that is on the Win 7 internal hard drive when the folders on the external drive can't be accessed?
Can the Win 7 system access the folders on the external when the networked PCs can't?

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First off, this is my first post, looks like a great place! I have tried 2 other forums and no luck, so lets hope you guys can help!

Now, at my work, we have a small network with computers sharing files between the others. I have attached a network diagram to help explain this better.

Our Win7 machine is our main computer that shares an external hard drive with much information that the other computers need to access. What we have noticed is either after a sleep, or even a period of time of say, 2 hours, those files are no longer able to be accessed. The Win7 machine is still sharing them, but the WinXP machines are unable to access them anymore and my Mac can see the computer is unable to connect to the folders. I have gone and attempted to get some help over at Microsofts site but that was a fail. Here is the link to the forum post there.

A member there gave me this:
The Network connection is probably not resuming after sleep.

First try this,

It is in the Network Connection Properties under the Network card configuration.

If it already checked this way, or does not work after checking, the Network card has to be taken out of the computer's Power Saving loop, and stay on all the time.

Otherwise, Updating the Card with the latest OEM drivers (downloaded from the computer's support site) might help too.

On a rare occasions, some cards might be "Quirky&qu... Read more

Answer:Unable to access shared files over network after period of time.

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Hi. I'm having a problem accessing a shared folder on a Vista PC from a computer running XP SP3.

There are three computers in my network, each connected to a router. The Vista computer is wired, the other two wireless.

My computer is running Vista SP1, while my old computer and my father's computer are running XP SP3.

I have shared my Music folder on the Vista PC with proper security settings, Everyone is allowed to read from the folder.

I can access \\MyComputer\Music\ from my father's computer without issue. It shows up in My Network Places and is fully accessible. However, it does now show up on my old computer, and when I type in "\\MyComputer\Music" it comes up as cannot be found.

I can't seem to figure out what the problem is. I can share between my father's computer and my computer completely, and I can share between my father's computer and my old computer, but I can't seem to access my computer from my old computer.

Also, I can see MyComputer in the Workgroup on my old computer, however when clicked it says \\MyComputer is not accesible, you might not have permission... Yet I can access \\MyComputer fine through my father's computer.

Thank you anyone who is able to help.

Answer:Solved: Can't access Vista shared folder from XP

Nevermind, I have figured it out moments after posting this.

I had forgotten my old computer is static while my father's computer is DHCP, and had only added the DHCP range to my firewall's trusted list.

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I have two XP desktops. I use one for the internet & email and the other for work. I have a SharedDocs folder on each desktop.

On my work desktop it works. On the email/internet desktop, I can take files out but I can't put files into the folder. I get the message:

Error Copying File or Folder
Cannot copy [file name]. Access is denied.
Make sure that the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.
Can you tell me how to correct this issue?

Thanks to all who try to help or solve this problem!


Answer:Solved: Access denied with shared docs folder

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I am running winows 7 ultimate 32bit as a server, i have the c:\ drive shared to all 13 users on the network. All 13 computers are running windows xp pro. The problem that I am having is this:

When i open up the shared c: drive on a windows xp computer, and open a folder to view files, it only shows 122 out of the 227 files.

when i open up the c: drive on the windwos 7 machine, i can see all 227 files.

when i open up excel or word, and open a file that is stored on the windows 7 machine, it will open fine, but when i try and browse for the file that is stored on the windows 7 machine, it does not show it.

now here is the interesting thing:
when i open up the shared c: drive on another computer running windows 7, (not the server) i can see all 227 files and have no problems.

i have multiple folders, ex: mypics2008, mypics2009, mypics2010, mypics2001, mydocs2000, mydocs2010, all shared off of the c: drive on the windows 7 server. this problem started a few weeks ago, i was able to see all the files in every shared folder off of the windows 7 server through all of the windows xp pr machines a month ago, and all of a sudden in the past few weeks, i am no longer able to see all of the files shared off of the server.

any help would be appreciated!

i have rebuilt the index on the windows 7 server
i have removed and redone ALL security, and sharing settings
i have checked, rechecked and checked again all the file sharing settings
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Answer:Solved: Cannot view all files in shared folder

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When I try to change a file on another PC I get a message saying that the file is read only. When I try to change the file or directory form read only the change is not accepted. The tick in read only is gray rather than black.

Answer:Solved: Unable to change .doc files on shared PC

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Hello My roomate has created a folder on his desktop called "music1", and the permissions are set for full access/shared etc on his computer. I can access many other shared folders on his computer with my pc no problem. I can even listen to other music files on his computer in other shared folders. For some reason or other I cannot play his music files or copy his music files when trying to access the music1 folder on his desktop. If i'm thinking correctly the root folder must be shared to allow access to subfolders, but in this case...the shared folder (music1) is the root folder that was created on his desktop. any ideas?

win xp home os's


update: also I have discovered that if I remove the read only permission>hit apply>ok then when I reopen it the "read only box is checked again"

i deselect it again, and again, and again..only for it to reappear again.


Answer:Solved: shared folder cant copy, play or read files...

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I have 2PC's and a Laptop that I am trying to set up as a home network:
PC1 XP Home as the main PC
PC2 XP Pro
All are connected to a Mentor 4 port ethernet broadband router in turn connected to a cable modem.

I have run the home network setup wizard on all 3 using the "this computer connects to the internet through a residential gateway" setting.

I have no problems connecting to the internet on any of them.

On PC1 if I click on view workgroup computers, they all show up but I can't access PC2 or L/TOP files. I get the Message "............ is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The network path was not found."

On PC2 if I click on view workgroup computers, none of the computers show up and I get the message " Ms home is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available."

On L/TOP if I click on view workgroup computers, they all show up but I can't access PC1 or PC2 files. I get the Message "............ is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The network path was not found."

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Answer:Solved: Cannot access any shared files/folders

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I have read some other posts on this forum regarding vista xp networking with the problem I have,the trouble shooting usually cures everyones problem before mine.

Here is what I have.
Desktop xp home sp3 hard wired to router.{printer to usb}
Vista laptop home premium sp1 using wireless connection.
2nd Vista laptop home premium sp1 using wireless connection.
linksys wireless router

setting are:
vista and xp machines have the same workgroup names
each pc name is differant
network is set to private
no third party firewalls.
network discovery on
file sharing on {on connection properties too.}

Ok.The vista machines can access the xp desktop and they can also access each other with no problems.

Now at the xp desktop I cannot access either vista machine.
I can open cmd and ping either vista machine by ip or by name.
I can ping the xp desktop from either vista machine.

At the xp desktop using explorer adress bar typing in Vista ips or computer name does not gain acess to Vista public folder.

Using run provides the same results with the error path not found.

Attempted remedies are as follows windows firewall off,on, now at default settings again.

All services on xp and vista machines at default.

An attempt to install the topo...discovery thing on the xp machine..come to find out it is included with service pack3.

Any help will be greatly appreciated,I have spent numerous hours trying to beat this only to be where I started out at.

Answer:Solved: XP can not access Vista shared files.

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I have a wireless network which was working fine with a wired connection for the XP Home laptop and a Linksys wireless adapter for the XP Pro desktop. Both could access all shared folders/printers.
After a bsod "eBiSODe", I did a non destructive OS reinstall on the XP Home laptop. and now it can access the XP Pro but the XP Pro can't access ALL the XP Home shared resources. It can access an external hard drive connected to the XPH laptop, but not the shared area on the C drive. The reinstall didn't change any data or settings as far as I can tell-sharing settings are still the same.
So I assume the fact that the XP Pro can access the external drive means the connection is fine, but something is blocking access to the C drive.

Update:I "unshared" the shared folder on the c drive and then reset it to shared and that seems to have fixed the problem. (Or maybe posting here endows magical powers).

Answer:Solved: XP Pro can't access shared files on XP Home's C drive......

Just the fact that you posted for assistance here made your machine realize that it was hopeless to resist, so it started working.

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Hi all,

I have a curious problem on my home network at the moment which means I can access the shared files and ping using the ip address, but not the computer name, of a xp computer. I found lots of other people who had this problem and they fixed it with a few commands at command prompt, but that didn't work for me.

Here is the setup:
1 XP computer - no problems accessing other computer using computer name
1 Vista laptop - where all the problems are
and a router

I have static ips for both computers and I have the dns set up correctly.

Of course as all my music and files are on the other computer, and all the programs are looking for \\computername not \\ipaddress, so the programs are complaining that they can't find anything

Here is an ipconfig /all

C:\Users\Andy>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Andys-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Peer-Peer
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-23-4E-98-F7-51
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::2d76:7bc0:755e:f934%12(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . .... Read more

Answer:Solved: Can access shared files and ping using ip, but not computer name

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I have three computers on a network, 2 desktops, 1 laptop. All have XPHome, NIS2007 and SpySweeper installed. All three are networked through a wireless router. All can connect to the internet and all can be seen in My Network Places (all shared files for all 3 computers). The issue is I can't access the shared files on the laptop from either of the two desktops. However, all the shared files on the two desktops can be accessed from any of the other computers. Only the laptop's shared files can't be accessed.

I checked Norton's firewall settings on each computer, esp the laptop, and they all should be accessible from either computer. I even turned the firewall off on the laptop and still couldn't access the files from the other computers. I even added an advanced setting on the laptop's firewall to allow specific IP address computers (the two desktops) access to any files, still no go.

The router shows all three computers on the network being connected.


Answer:Solved: Can't access shared files on a networked computer

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Hello. I have been having problems with my file access lately. There are times when I create a folder and place files in the folder. After a while, the files become inaccessible. When I try to access the file, the program opening the file states that I don't have the correct permissions to access the file. I have a Take Ownership program that I used and it states that I (the administrator) have full control on the security tab under properties. I have seen this problem with MOV files, JPG files, GIF files. Even the icons appear to be affected.

Now the weirder part. When I copy all the files and paste them to a new folder, it works just fine again for a while and I am able the access my files again. Sometimes, I lose the access all over again.

I wanted to use SpinRite to analyze my hard drive, but it doesn't seem to work well with my computer.

I have a Dell 8900 XPS running the latest version of Windows 10.

Thanks for the help.

Answer:Unable to Access Files Unless New Folder Created

CuriousD said:

I have a Take Ownership program that I used and it states that I (the administrator) have full control on the security tab under properties

It seems that for one reason or another you laptop doesn't "like" Take Ownership and the easiest way would be to find an alternative (maybe here: 6 Tools To Take Ownership and Get Full Control Of Files and Folders • Raymond.CC) or ask at TO's forum (if there is any) how people deal with this problem.

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I've just got a new netbook and have connected it to my home network. Internet connection is working fine, but I also want to access shared files on my main PC.

I've run the Network Setup Wizard on both computers. Both have the same workgroup name and both have file and printer sharing enabled. There are no third-party firewalls running on either machine, but both have Windows Firewall enabled. Both are running AVG free edition.

The netbook is running Windows XP Home Edition SP3
The main PC is running Windows XP Pro SP2

I can access the shared files on my netbook, using my main PC.

Here's the problem. When I go to View Workgroup Computers on the netbook, I can see the main PC in my workgroup. However, when I double click to open this, I get an 'access is denied' message which advises me to contact the server's admin about access permissions.

Can anyone tell me which setting I need to change to enable access? Any help would be much appreciated - please let me know if there's any important info I've left out in this description.


Answer:Solved: Acessing shared files from netbook: access is denied

After doing some more digging, I found some info that's helped me fix this. For anyone having a similar problem, this is what I used;

On each machine, do this.

Create a file in notepad named FIXANON.REG with the following contents:

You should have 3 boxes on the bottom in NOTEPAD.
1)Filename : FIXANON.REG
2)Save as type: all files
3)Encoding: ANSI
If you do not change it from txt type to All files type, then the file will actually be FIXANON.REG.txt, this won't accomplish the desired result.

------------------- Use text after this line -------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
------------------- Use text before this line -----------------

Double click on the file and say Yes to the merge into registry question.

Reboot the computer.

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I've been trying to access files that I have shared on my XP desktop using my Vista laptop. I access files fine the other way around and can see the desktop in my network sharing center.

When I click on the desktop computer name in the network sharing center I get the following error:
"\\COMPUTERNAME is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer"

I tried to create a username on my desktop that is the same as the username for my laptop but that didn't do anything.

I've seen in other forums to select the folder I want to share and change the settings on the security tab. When I go into the folder properties I only see "General" "Sharing" and "Customize"

On the sharing tab I have "Share this folder on the network" clicked and a share name selected.

Anyone have any idea what else I need to do in order to view these folders??

Answer:Solved: Access shared files on XP desktop with Vista Laptop

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We've recently installed Windows Server 2003 at our small office for data storage, and have set up shared folders in the Win Server 2K3 for access from about a dozen Win XP Pro machines.

Upon the first access of these shared folders from a Win XP Pro machine, we're required to enter a User Name & Password for the Win Server 2K3 machine:

I understand that passwords are required and I have no issue with that... but as you can see from the image there's no means of SAVING the username & password that I can find.

Is there a work-around for this? Perhaps some method in WinXP Pro to save the username/password? As it stands now, any time one of the WinXP Pro machines gets rebooted, or if the server gets rebooted, users of the Win XP Pro machines have to re-enter the username/password, and I'd like to find if there's away around having to re-enter that info.

Thanks guys!

Answer:Solved: Saving passwords for access to shared files on Win Server 2K3 on a Win XP mac

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My laptop is running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Under Network, only the laptop shows up under the Computer and Media Devices tabs, with a Network Infrastructure Tab showing "Internet gateway device." On the desktop, running Windows Vista Home Basic, I can see the laptop under the Network but cannot access it. The message: "\\laptop name is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Login failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer."

I've got network discovery turned on. I've played around with permissions (setting all permissions for Everybody on the folders I want to share). I've gone into Registry Editor, under HKLM/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/Lsa/restrictanonymous and didn't even have to change anything (1 or 2 to 0, and it's under the REG_DWORD type). So I'm only getting more and more frustrated. Any help?

Answer:Solved: Laptop does not see other computers, desktop cannot access shared files on la

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Sir I am having a folder on external usb harddisk of size 27.8GB which contains approximately 555000 jpeg files and 132000 folders.I am unable to see all my files in my folder and if I see the properties of this folder it is showing number of files as 440000 files and 25.6GB and when I tried to delete this folder it is showing number of files as 555000 ofsize 27.8GB.My external usb harddisk of size 1TB is formatted as ntfs of single partition.

Please help me how to solve this issue I mean I want to view all files in this folder.


Answer:unable to access my folder and view my files properly

Hello Rupesh, and welcome to Eight Forums.

As a test, see if using step 4 or 5 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to have hidden files show may help. If the files were set to be hidden somehow, then that may explain why you don't see them when they are actually there.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Help Forums
Hope this helps,

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Hello everyone,

I'm using a laptop (with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed) as a DVR and media streamer to all other devices in the house.
My TV recordings are recorded into a temporary folder and when the recording is finished the program moves the files into the My Videos folder.

The My Videos folder is shared so we can watch the recordings from the Xbox downstairs or other Windows 7 devices in the house.
This worked pretty well in the past but for some reason new recordings (or downloads) aren't shared by default anymore. All files have a small lock icon (shared with nobody) and I have to manually share new files within an already shared folder.

This is pretty annoying and takes away the convenience.

I would appreciate any tip to fix this problem to have all files in the shared folder(s) shared by default.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:New files aren't shared in shared folder

It's easy once you know how, just right click the C:/Video's folder and choose properties, Security tab then Advanced button, then just put a check mark where it says "Replace all Child Object Permission Entries with Inheritable Permissions Entries from this Object, then hit Apply, OK....this will fix the problem you described.

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Hello! I have a Folder Lock 7. I have encrypted 100GB disk to that, out of that 46 Gb was occupied. Recently my external hard disk was infected by virus and when I removed the virus thereafter I am not able to access the files inside the Folder Lock. I'm able to Unlock the Drive with the password but the drive is not accessible.Please Help.File was locked using Newsoftwares's Portable Folder Locker.After unlocking I get the dummy drive and when I try to open that I get an error message saying "Z:/ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable"message edited by punitsahay

Answer:Unable to access files encrypted by 3rd party Folder Lock

"Recently my external hard disk was infected by virus"Copy & Paste the contents of the log in your reply please, so I can see what virus was removed.

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I pinned the Files folder in my account to the Windows 10 Start menu, and also saved this folder as a favorite in Edge, which is my default browser. But after closing Edge, when I then click the tile in the start menu, or after opening Edge, if I click the OneDrive link in the favorites bar, OneDrive opens my Shared folder rather than the desired Files folder. To see the Files folder, I can click "OneDrive" in the menu bar. Moreover, after the Files folder has been opened, if I then add a tab and click on OneDrive in the favorites bar, OneDrive correctly opens the Files folder, and will continue to operate this way (the correct way) as long as I don't close the browser. When I saved my OneDrive Files folder as a favorite in Firefox, I experienced the same problem. So the problem does not appear to be related to Edge.
How can I make always open in the Files Folder the first time?

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I have two computers, Vista Home Premium SP2 and XP SP2. Both belong to the same workgroup.

Tonight I could see the XP computer from Vista. Then I rebooted the Vista computer and I can no longer see the XP computer's shared files.

They are both connected via a linksys wireless router.

I have Norton on both; both have the windows firewall turned off.

Any ideas where to look for the problem(s)?



Answer:Unable to see shared folder on XP

do you have norton antivirus or do you have norton internet securtiy/360 both of these products come with intergrated firewalls so even if you turn the windows firewall off you would still have to turn manaully turn off nortons firwall. Sometime you must configure the firewall to accept connections from your network
Also Check the network and sharing center to see if file sharing and public folder sharing is enabled. Try this out and tell us what happens


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Hello Everyone.

I am having trouble with sharing a folder on a network. All Machines Are Windows XP Pro SP2 or SP3. They are in a workgroup. The computer that has the folder that I am trying to share I will call the server. I have set up a folder and given it what I think are the appropriate permissions. I can access the folder properly from one computer but not another. The other computer gets an error denying access. However, it is not prompting me to enter a username and password when I try to access it.

Does anyone know what might be causing this?



Answer:Unable to log onto shared folder

Did you find an answer to this?

Things that can drive you crazy but don't necessarily keep you from attaching to the share --
These usually apply when the server computer has the share set to something other than everyone. While it's advisable to avoid the everyone setting, it can be handy to add it while troubleshooting.

The computer is attached to a separate router in a different IP range (I do this every day via VPN but once in a while it doesn't work)

The user computer has a user name that is the same as a user name on the server but with a different password.

The user computer does not have a user name that matches any user on the server.

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I have a Windows 7 Pro Desktop PC and a Windows 7 Home Edition Laptop. I would like to map a drive on the Laptop to a shared folder on the Desktop. In the Network portion of the Laptop it sees the Desktop PC name and under the PC name it shows the Users folder and under that it shows my Username. What it doesn't show are the two folders I have set to share with everyone. These two folders are in the root folder of the C: (main) drive of the Desktop. What do I need to do to see these two folders in the mapping window? Thanks for any assistance.

Answer:Unable to map to a shared network folder Windows 7

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

To avoid a lot of Q & A about your hardware and OS configuration, please click on this link to
Edit System Specs

Filling this out, at least partially, will save a lot of time. Another advantage is when posting a new problem, the person answering can just click the My System Specs link in the bottom of your post. No need to search for the information.

If you have multiple systems just indicate that in the System Specs so that we know why many of the fields are blank.


Are you able to read/write files in the Public folder on the desktop? If not, it's been my experience the fastest way to get the network sharing going is to be able to read and write files in the already shared Public folder. If you can't do that then you can pull your hair out trying to share other folders.

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I have uninstalled Autocad 2011 but cannot re-install because I am unable to delete the autodesk shared folder in the common files.I keep getting 'Access Denied'message edited by mapm

Answer:Unable to delete autodesk shared folder

mapm "Yes but one folder remained"You probably didn't do this .How to remove all Autodesk products from a Windows system Click the Uninstall option and click Next to confirm that you want to remove the product from your computer (if you are prompted to remove shared files, click Yes to All).Read the whole article & if still having a problem use the tool suggested by RMT2.More tools are available if needed.

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I have all 4 PC's in the office using Windows 7 Pro. I have one computer that is designated to house my share folder for scanning documents and attaching them to our management system.  We are finding that multiple problems occur - not at once and at
different times .  Sometimes, the document within the shared folder called "IMAGEBATCH" will not delete.  Sometimes that document deletes, and then re-appears within the IMAGEBATCH folder.  Sometimes the document will not
scan through the network to the IMAGEBATCH folder.  Sometimes we get an error saying we "don't have permission to delete this file".  These circumstances occur on all computers, including the computer that houses the original file IMAGEBATCH. 
Sometimes in the day, each computer that is supposedly looking at the same IMAGEBATCH folder see different files.
Restarting the computer clears the problems, but then start right back up at irregular intervals, sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the middle of the day.
I did find a duplicate file named IMAGEBATCH on the "C" drive of that PC, so I deleted that, but the symptoms are still there.  This is the only shared folder in our entire network.  What can I be missing?  I have checked to make
sure it is a share folder, all the permissions are in place, and that we all can see the folder through the network.  What am I missing?  I am the owner and administrato... Read more

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I installed a program(Kapi_Monopoly- Monopoly Here and Now to be specific). I then uninstalled it after I decided I did not want it. Well after I uninstalled it, the folder remained. When I right clicked and clicked on delete, a normal windows box popped up and siad that it is no longer there even though I see it right there under program files. The same program is showing under programs from the start bar. When I try to right click and delete it there, there is no option to delete it. It opens to empty. Any help would be greatly aqppreciated. I have tried to unlock it but it didn't work. I do not remember how I did it and will try it again if someone thinks it may work and can tell me what to try.


Answer:Solved: Unable to delete folder in program files

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I shared my desktop so my 2000 machines can access them...but it says access denied! I have access to a program folder, my 3 other hard drives, but no desktop--any ideas? I tried with a 98 machine, same story, can't get to the desktop "Access is denied"

Answer:Can't Access Shared Folder In Xp

I am not actually sure you can share your desktop. Thats kind of like the working area for the local user. If you want access to something specific on the desktop try sharing that item specifically.

You may want to try manually mapping the drive.

~ Lyrical ~

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I am not sure what the deal is but on my main machine I have 5 drives internally, 2 SCSI, 2 IDE, and 1 SATA.
I have folders shared on all the drives and everyone can access all the shares except for the shares on the 2 IDE drives.
computers see the shares but when I try and open the shared folder I get an error.

This is what it says:
\\HAL-9000\Temp is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of the server to find out if you have access permission.

Not enough server storage is available to process this command"

any ideas on what could be the cause?

My second machine was SCSI, IDE, and SATA as well and it shared all folders fine. It is now IDE and SATA and all shares work great.

Answer:Can't access shared folder

WS6 said:

Not enough server storage is available to process this command"Click to expand...

I'm not sure about this error, but I think that the easiest way to get around these problems is to put the user's log-in and password into the sharing computer. Its an easy fix, but it works. The only problem is that you'll have to update the password on the shared box every time you change the password on the client.

and thats a pretty cool name for a computer. I'm surprised I haven't seen it anywhere else - maybe people are scared that if they name their computer HAL-9000, then their computer will try to kill them

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I have Windows 7 Professional x64.

My pictures are located in this folder: L:\Users\<name>\My Pictures

I want to share this folder with another user on my computer. Can't do it.

Simply altering the folder's permissions doesn't work. If I change permissions so that the folder in question does not inherit any permissions from parent folders, and instead allow my user read-only access to the folder...access denied.

Alright then, I tried to share the folder with my user. Although sharing usually means sharing with other computers on a network, it also applies to other users on the same machine. But the user can't access the shared folder...access denied.

I could move the folder in question to the Public user, but then everyone can see it.

Holy cow...what does it take to share a folder with another user on the same computer?

Answer:Can't Access Shared Folder!

Hi ;

You may go to folder right click sahre and select specific user then type in username and add folder read / read-write

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i'm used wireless connection in Vista...when i want shared my folder with other pc in wireless...the error "permission denied"...

Answer:Folder Shared,but cannot access

Just sharing the folder isn't enough especially in Vista, make sure you set the permissions to FULL access so you can read/write and move/remove files.

That should give you the access you are looking for.

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Hopefully this is the right place to write this. Be patient with my writing please.
I have a shared folder on my server computer. I can access all my folders except folders within my music drive. I can access the main share (root of the drive), but when i go within that folder, i try to click on another folder and get the error:

\\server\music\folder name is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator to find out if you have permission
Access is denied.

Here is what i have done.

I have also tried:
disabling the firewall
deleting the share then making a new one
Simple file sharing.
Disabling simple file sharing.
Changed permissions to full control, everyone, and specific users.
Other permission changes.
A couple of other things i cant remember right now.

About a week ago i was getting an error that was saying i don't have enough memory resources or something. Cant remember the exact error, but it would not let me access any of my files or folders, shared. I did the fix i found and it worked for about 2 days. Now i am getting this problem. The errors show up on the network computers, not the server.

It happens when any computer on my network tries to access the folders. It is an Windows XP Professional box. Other pc's are vista, xp, and 7. All same error.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Cant access shared folder

try checking the NTFS permissions, instead of just the share permissions maybe?

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Hi all,

I have a server running on Windows Server 2008. It's connected to network and has a shared folder. The shared folder is important and accessed frequently.
When I try to access the shared folder by typing \\<server IP Address>\ from Windows + Run, I've got an error message said that "The specified network is no longer available".
I remote the server, check the services with services.msc and find that Computer Browser service doesn't start while it usually starts automatically. When I try to start it, I've got an error message "Error 230 : The pipe state is invalid".
I've searched from Google but don't find any information useful.

The only way to gain access to the shared folder I've found is to remote the server and it's succeeded.

My questions are :
1. Does Computer Browser service is responsible about no access to the shared folder from the server?
2. How to start the Computer Browser service? If it is possible, I don't want to restart the server.


Answer:Can't access shared folder

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i have 60 system under in work group . some of the system holding shared folders from last few weeks it is not accessing all over the n/w . if we newly install xp also remote system is pinging but it is not connecting for remote system . for EG:(sap and lotus ) . some systems show ICS services not running . When we disable and enable the lansettings SAP and Internet will connect for half an hour .


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I have 3 PCs on a network using Windows 10. I have a shared folder on one PC. Of the other 2 PCs, one can access the folder and the other cannot. The one that cannot is asking for network credentials. Just the other day the 2 PCs could access the shared folders. I did not set this up but I need to resolve it for my friend who also did not set it up.

Answer:Cannot access a shared folder on another PC

When it asks you need to give it a username and password for an account on the PC your connecting to. If you turn off password for the sharing it shouldn't happen

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Hi Guys,

I have a problem that I have been trying to solve with the help of the internet which brought me to this forum.
I have a local network with X number of computers. All of these computers have a shared documents folder which is accessible to all the computers in the workgroup. The problem occurred when I replaced the motherboard of one of the computers, say Computer#1. I copied the set-up of the computer#1 from the original motherboard which I thought would make the pc behave like it did before the motherboard was replaced. But the shared documents folder of PC#1 can not be accessed now, although PC#1 can access the shared documents folder of the rest of the computers in the workgroup. What could be the problem? Please help. Thank you guys!

Answer:Can't access shared folder

closing duplicate, please respond at .



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Just reinstalled XP on one of my desktops after finally giving up on Vista and are having problems accessing any shared folders.This is the error message I am getting:[IMG]click here[/IMG]I have Googled and tried various suggestions,checked firewall,workgroup,netbios,pinter/file sharing and a couple of other things but no luck.The odd thing is I also have a piece of software from PureNetworks (cisco) which usually takes all the hard work out of networking my PC's but cannot share through that either. I can access other PC's on the network it is just the newly shared.

Answer:Cannot access shared folder.

Sorry folks,managed to sort it by following these here

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all users in just one branch can't access their shared folder in the server. it was fine til yesterday and today, no one can get in. that generic "Access Denied" error message pops up.

i, however, can access it wtih no problem but i'm in a different site.

the server in question is running on win2000sp4 and is a domain controller and the only server at this branch office. the users are on XP with sp2.

Answer:no access to shared folder?

Can the client ping the server IP address & computer name?

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I've encountered a very odd thing here. I have a PC that runs on windows XP Pro and it's connected to domain server.

What happens is that when i was trying to access to files on the server, i typed in \\ to the address on windows explorer. It failed with the following message

"\\ is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resources... The network is not present or not started."

Then, i checked to see if i could get onto the internet. yes, the internet's working. I run windows command prompt and run ping to the server's IP address and got replies back from the server. Everything seemed to be OK. I couldn't think of anything that might be the cause.

After that, i tried to access to the server again but this time by a different mean. I went to windows explorer and then click on "My Network Places". I found the shared folder on the server there and clicked on it and it worked. I could get in with no hassle at all. So what's wrong with typing in the IP address to the windows explorer. Very strange one.

Has anyone had a similar issue like i have before and might be able to help me out?

THank you in advance

Answer:Can't access to shared folder

1. try without the backslashes.
2. Maybe you have the wrong digits in the address?

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I share a folder on windows xp for easy access from my other windows computer. Both my computer connects trough my netgear router. I hope and assume only computers connected to my local network (connected to my router) can reach this shared folder, but to be sure i hope someone can explain how it is with this.

Best regards.


Answer:who can access a shared folder

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I have a Desktop PC which is running Windows Vista Business. I have a folder being shared on it (with Everyone allowed)

File sharing is turned on, Password requirement is turned off.

I have two laptops. One Has Windows XP Home. It can see and access the shared folder on the Vista Business PC with no problems.

My other laptop has Windows Vista Home Premium. I need to access the shared folder on the Vista Business machine from this laptop. It can see the Vista Business machine, and it can see that it has a shared folder. However, when trying to access this shared folder from the Vista Home Prem laptop, it gives me an error message about not having permissions and that access is denied.

All 3 computers are in the same workgroup.

As it happens, the XP Home laptop has some shared folders. I AM able to see and access the shared folders on the XP laptop FROM the Vista laptop.

I am stumped. Does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Cannot Access Shared Folder

Also, from the Vista laptop I CAN access the "Public" shared folder on the Vista Business PC.

As such I don't believe it can be a firewall issue.

The permissions on the shared folder I am trying to access are set to Full Control for Everyone.

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Hey guys. I am needing a bit of a custom setup for something, but I'm not even sure it can be done... This is the best way I can describe it:

Computers A, B, and C all need to have the same copies of every file in a certain directory. What I was hoping I could do was configure these computers to update their files frequently based on what they see in a FTP version of the folder, that way all 3 computers could contribute to one large work folder without manually sending copies of a file produced on one computer to the other 2 computers. Can this be done?


Computer A creates a document and saves it. It checks the FTP folder and realizes document x isn't present, so it uploads it. Later, when computers B and C check the FTP folder based on the schedule, they realize that they don't have copies of document x, and so they download it and add it to their local folders.

Thanks in advance for any help with this. I was hoping their was a software solution available for this and that it wouldn't involve me setting up some sort of FTP server at my house or something.

Answer:FTP shared-access folder

look into some CASE tools...they're generally pretty expensive though

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hello; experts
i have a beginner issue ;
i have windows 7 on the virtual machine (Hyper-v), whith shared file \\Admin-VM1\Folder1 whith Read permission to everyone .
when i try to acces from the host machine (Windows 8.1), a have these messages
thankx for help.

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Please bear with me, this problem is a little tricky to explain.
I have 2 computers (A and on a home network, connected through a router and hard-wired with Cat5 cable.
They are both running Windows XP Pro SP3 and file/print sharing is turned on.
Both computers can Ping each other successfully.
Both computers can "Net View" each other successfully.
Both computers can see the other's shared folders in My Network Places.
Computer A can access the shared folders on Computer B and transfer files, etc.
Computer B can ONLY access the SharedDocs folder on A and not any of the other shared folders.
When I try, I get an Access Denied window.

I cannot understand why I can access one folder (SharedDocs) but none of the others.

Thanks for any insights you might provide.


Answer:Shared Folder Access Problem

I would try reconfiguring the shared folder permissions on the shared folders on computer A that you want computer B to access. It is almost always a permission/authorization issue when you get a Access Denied message. Computer B user would seem to not have persmission to access the files and do download transfers. You must assign them.

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I am facing a very annoying problem. I have a home server with Windows Server 2003, and my notebook with Windows 7.
The only role the server has is to share files, and there is no Active Directory, or any other thing, just the simlpe file server role. Now, when I try to browse the server, I am prompted to provide credentials, usr/pwd. We use the server's local accounts, so the whole username is like: fileserver/user.
The poblem is, I type the correct pwd, but I'm prompted again, and again, and again. No matter which account I try, it doesn't work. I did like 3 hours research on the net, but I wasn't able to find anything that worked.
I tried everything, no joy. :S
If anyone can help me, please don't hesitate, I cannot access my server. :S

Thanks for every hint or advice in advance.

Answer:Cannot access shared folder, prompted for pwd/usr

I forgot to mention that I can access my server via Remote Desktop.

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I am getting a typical error saying I do not have permission to access a shared folder and I should contact my network administrator.

Both computers are on Win 7 64bit.

Both are on the same workgroup. Both are classified as "Home" profile.
Both have: Turn on network discovery, file / printer sharing, turn on sharing, 128 bit encryption, turn off password (neither computer has a user admin password), and allow windows to manage homegroup connections.

I can see the computers in network, I can see the shared folders as I share them. But I cannot access them.
I even joined the same homegroup with the password, even tho before when I was sharing (pre formating) I don't remember to ever having to join that or remember that password for my other computers

Answer:Windows cannot access shared folder

Help please?

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3 computers connected in LAN, with a shared folder/drive.

Suppose I have access to the WIFI on the same network.
I have access to the router also(means I can type in browser, and can login). Then in DHCP hosts I can see the connected computers ip address.

Then how will I access the shared folder?

I don't know the server name. How will we find out the server name?
I don't know the name of shared folder also. How will we find out the shared folder in the network?

Answer:How to access a shared folder in LAN via WIFI

As long as all computers are set as "Private Network" for the adapters, the firewall allows other computers to see the shares, you should not have any problems accessing. You do have to share a folder, if you want others to have access to it.

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I have a simple filesharing home network setup between my PC running windows XP home and my Mac powerbook on MAC OSX. Its worked fine up untill recently and now I cant access the mac from my PC but the Mac can access the PC. When I try to get into the Mac I get the error message "\Server\\Share is not accessable. you might not have permssion to use this resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permssions. Network path not found". We didnt change any settings and the mac still has windows sharing enabled. I tried mapping the network drive and connecting under a different name and it still says "network path not found" can anyone help please.

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hello i am not able to access folder on shared drive... i can go into the drive but when i try to access the folder it says access denied . but i can access the share doc of tht pc. my os is xp and the pc which i am trying to access is also xp .. so can u tell me what is the problem

Answer:cannot access folder on shared drive

Hello ankitricky

Try taking ownership of the folder

Right click it and select Properties. Select the Security Tab and click the Advanced button. You'll see an Owner tab so add your User Name to the list

You may need to go to My Computer/Tools/Folder Options/View tab and uncheck "Use simple file sharing" or you won't have a Security tab otherwise.

XP Home
Go to Safe Mode to find the Security Tab

You need to be using an Admin Account to do it.
Once you have given yourself permission you will not get the ?Access Denied? message.

To apply to subfolders check the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" before you click ?Apply?


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I have an issue with VPN access to the local shared folder (Vista) which suddenly stopped to work. VPN is connecting to the remote host properly. I can log in to the remote router, access remote web server and FTP (both services on linux machine) but can't access sherd folder which is on the Vista machine.

Any idea what can be wrong (closed some ports on router/computer)? Thanks

Answer:VPN and access to the local shared folder

How are you accessing the shared folder? UNC path? Drive mapping?

Did you check the permissions on the Shared folder, and also the NTFS permissions?

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Was downloading from Limewire to my shared documents folder and now I can't access the folder as it keeps saying Windows Explorer is not responding. Ran Norton Antivirus scan, but when it reaches my shared documents folder it crashes too.I am a complete buffoon when it comes t computers so any advice would be greatly received.Thanks in anticipation.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 14:50:25, on 07/12/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC�... Read more

Answer:Can't Access Shared Documents Folder ?

Hi mathew1242 You got some infections there...Please don't use any P2P prgrams during the cleaning.Download HijackThis to your desktop from here Create a new folder for HijackThis and move HijackThis.exe into it. You may want to print out these instructions for reference, since you will have to restart your computer during the fix.Please download FixWareout from one of these sites: it to your desktop and run it. Click Next, then Install, then make sure "Run fixit" is checked and click Finish. The fix will begin; follow the prompts. You will be asked to reboot your computer; please do so. Your system may take longer than usual to load; this is normal.At the end of the fix, you may need to restart your computer again.Finally, please post a fresh HijackThis log, along with the contents of the logfile C:\fixwareout\report.txtDownload F-Secure Blacklight and save it to your desktop.Doubleclick blbeta.exe, accept the agreement, click Scan, then click NextYou'll see a list what have been found. A log will appear to your desktop, it is named fsbl.xxxxxxx.log (xxxxxxx will be random numbers).DON'T choose Rename if something was found!Post the contents of fsbl.xxxx.log to here (blacklight log from your desktop)

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Recently a few computers in our domain has switched to Win 7 from Win XP. Now after sharing folder shared folder are not visible while accessing that computer from our Win CE device. Windows XP or Win 7 users can browse shared folders but not WinCE device.

Media Streaming, Network discovery, File sharing is Off. Firewall is turn off.

Any ideas what could be the reason ?.

Answer:Shared folder access over network

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So yesterday I decided to set up and optimize my home network by creating shared folders and stuff. As an IT student I'm learning about security so I started by disabling all the Home Group config and creating users with passwords and enabling password authentication so everytime I want to access a computer/folder I have to enter an user (I have more than one for when I need only read or write to a shared folder).

The only problem I have is when I try to access XP. I have one XP and three Sevens. In one of the Sevens, when I try to enter the XP shared folder it ask me for an user/password, something like this:

Note: I'm using a workgroup, not a domain.

But on the other two Sevens I can't access XP. It says permission denied, or something, but the thing is that they don't ask for credentials.

I guess is NOT a XP problem, but how can I fix this?


Answer:Can't access from Win7 to XP shared folder

theres an option for turning on lower security in the advanced settings / file sharing options.. you need to lower the encryption.
Hope that helps you.

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alright i have 4 computers on my network, they are all on the same work group, same subnet and everything. I can see their computers on the network, but the problem is, is that one of the computers has their folders shared and with my computer it wont allow me to access that folder. I get that "check with your administrator" error, On that computer I put that folder on shared and everything, I need some help knowing what's going on, thanks!

Answer:Can't access shared folder on network..

Well first of all you can start by taking your time. Its extremly hard to get a clear picture of the setup/problem.

Sounds like you need to start by disabling your firewall. See where you get with that. Also are you loged in as ADMIN or have admin privlages?

(sorry for my bad spelling)

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Hello there

I have a computer with windows 2003 server installed on it. There is one shared folder. The computer's name is SERVER. The shared folder's name is OFFICE.
Whenever I type \\SERVER\OFFICE in a windows explorer window, I get a pop up window with a message that says that Windows does not find \\SERVER\OFFICE.

How can I fix this?
I mean, I should be able to see the folder in this way because this OFFICE folder is shared and I am doing this from the same computer and not from another computer in the LAN.
Any idea?

Answer:access denied to shared folder

OFFICE is at the root of the C: drive, right?

I would first try changing "OFFICE" to a name that is less likely to be (semi) reserved on a Microsoft system; and if that doesn't help I would then make a similar change to "SERVER."

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I have win xp pro in a computer called SERVER. Every folder xxx I create and share in SERVER is not accessible from the same computer. That is to say, if I browse \\SERVER\xxx from the computer called SERVER then I get an error telling that I have no permissions. Could you please help with this?
Thanks a lot.

Answer:no access to local shared folder in win xp pro

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Tow different windows 10 machines can't access Toshiba e-studio printer shared folder .

- We have three Toshiba printers same model "e-studio 275" , both devices can't access all

the printers shared folder .

- other devices are still able to access the folder "XP ,7 , 8.1 and 10" .

- I reviewed all the printer's settings and they are the same .

- Nothing changed on the printer side or the PC's .

-Turned off antivirus and firewall.

- Both devices can ping the machines , access their web interfaces ,print ...etc.

- One month ago everything was fine .

So, any suggestions ?

Answer:Can't Access printer shared folder

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I have 2 windows 7 computers and i'm trying to share a folder (that I want password protection on) outside of the homegroup.
Both computers are part of the same workgroup and I have the same user account/password combination on both computers plus I have password protected sharing turned on in the network and sharing centre along with file and printer sharing turned on.

On computer 1 I have right clicked and selected that I want the folder shared. When I navigate via the network on computer 2 to computer 1 the shared folder shows up on computer 2 but double clicking on it to open it gives me an alert saying I don't have permission to access it, no option to type in the user name and password (according to the help files I shouldn't even need to type the password in if both computers have the same username/password anyway but would need it if I'm logged in as a different user). It's just a blanket denial of access.

Answer:Canít get access to shared folder from one computer to

So you have a HomeGroup setup and are trying to password protect and share a folder with a PC not in the HG? Is that correct?

I'm not sure if that can be done... anyone?

You may find some of this helpful...

Homegroup - Change File and Folder Sharing Settings

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I have some shares set up on a Windows Server 2003 box. On my Vista and XP boxes, I mapped the network drives and checked "Reconnect on Login". Things are good up to this point. The problem is the drives do not automatically reconnect after Vista/XP reboot. I have to click the drive and enter a password to reconnect.
Anyway around this? Thanks

Answer:cannot access shared folder on reconnect

Sounds like my problem also.

help us

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Hi All -

I have a Win2000 Sp2 computer that acts as a file server - I've created a folder that is shared, and given about a dozen other computers full access to this folder.

Recently I tried to add a couple of WinXp computers to this network and give them full access not only to the shared folder on the W2K computer but also full access to all the sub-folders that users have created in the shared folder and all the files within those sub-folders. But I get "Access Denied" when I try to access those sub-folders and files -

I've tried setting full permissions for each new computer to each sub-folder, but sometimes that doesn't work.
But sometimes new computers can access a file IF it is modified by a previous user.

None of this is what I expect. I also cannot get access to some sub-folders on the Win2K computer even when logged into the Win2K computer as Administrator.

I would appreciate your assistance -


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This is odd. I have 2 dell PC laptops and a fairly new iMac. I am able to share itunes music b/t a pc and the mac both ways so I know the connection is there and working. But I cannot access a shared folder on the PC from the iMac or the other PC. It shows up under Network in the iMac and My Network places but when i click on it I get permission errors. HELP!!

Answer:Cant access a shared folder on the network

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hi.kindly let me know is their an way to access the shared folder over internet like we access the shared folder in LAN please let me know the wayregardskaleem

Answer:Access shared folder over internet

Have a look on this remote desktop web connection and local file and printer access on remote desktop web connection article, maybe can give you more ideas.

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I have run a network in my office for a while now and have always kept a shared folder on a windows Vista machine that my other three computers access to save and access files.The three work computers were all XP Professional-64bit until recently I upgraded one to Windows 7-64bit. After upgrading I have been getting a strange error on the XP computers when I try to access the shared folder,or the Vista machine at all, that says: "*path to shared folder* is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The specified server cannot perform the requested operation." the last line about performing the operation is occasionally about a storage problem. This problem does not persist, the computers can access for a while then this error will start up, then the computers will be able to access again after some time or if I restart the Vista computer. All the time I can still access with the 7 machine. I have tried everything I can find, using the regedit, changing AVG and windows security settings nothing has worked I will be extremely grateful for any assistance.

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I've setup a folder on the server which is shared and allowed access by a specific group. For some reason everyone, but 1 person (who is setup as an admin) can not write to that shared directory. No matter how I change their settings, they always get "Access is Denied" despite being able to see the directory. Any ideas??? I have tried removing them, then re-adding them to the group, adding them specifically to the folder, and even recreating the profile. Also others who login to that specific computer and are allowed access can get to the shared directory and write.

Answer:shared folder - access denied

I am assuming that you are talking about Windows File Sharing.

Try having them map the folder as a network drive (open My Computer->Tools->Map network drive), the type in the path and then click "Log in as a different user". Specify a username that has read/write access. It can be the username which you specified for him in the shared folder's permissions. See if that works.

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I cannot move, rename, write to, or do anything besides open files from any of the shared folders. I have tried using both admin accounts (my wife's and mine) to change permissions with CACLS, but after "thinks" about it for a couple seconds, it says "Access is denied". Any help would be appreciated!

Answer:Access Denied On Shared Folder

don't know calcs
right click folder --> sharing and security to check attributes and permissions

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Dear All,
I can ping the server but I can't access the shared folder with error:
"Windows Cannot access \\\Shared"
but if I check on 1.5 with net share, there are Shared Folder in net shared list.
My IP and OS Windows 10 pro.
Firewall and anti virus both are turn off and Turn on file sharing also has been turn on.
how can I fix this problem?

Best regards,

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i my organisation there are 25 users under work group. if one user share the folder it will display all users systems who are in the workgroup.Some folders do not access all users in the workgroup what will i do

Answer:shared folder do not access all users

check that all users in LAN.

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Can someone help me please.
I have a user who wished to have access to a shared folder on our network.
I mapped the drive for her on the PC she uses.
However when you click on it you cannot gain come sback with the error message access denied?

How do I reslove this issue. Obviuosly I need to set up a permission on our server or something?

The client machine is XP and the Server is 2003.
Can someone provide me with an idiot proof step by step guide on what I need to do.

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Hello Everyone,

I have a small workplace with a few computers on the network. All systems are running windows ranging from XP - 10.

My pc runs windows 10 and I have shared 1 folder in the network. So the other guys can access that folder only.

In my shared folder I have created a few folders on the basis of name. For e.g. Jack, Tom and Jim. Currently any of the 3 guys can access any folder. But what I want is that Jack can access his folder only and not jim or tom and so on for others. I can access any as its in my pc.

I tried to set permission in folder sharing by right clicking on folder, properties, security and in add i tried to add that person by browsing it in network but in select users or groups on my pc name is shown. I may not be following the right approach.

How can I achieve that ?


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Hello Everyone,

I've got a strange problem where E:\Videos has just disappeared. It could be as a result of me trying to extract a .rar file which caused winrar to freeze, as a result of this I decided to change the Virtual Memory of E:\ thinking that caused it but this didn't help.

Then when I started the computer this morning the folder was gone. I've tried searching for it and its content using the advance search to include hidden files but still found nothing. The strange part is that the remaining files are worth around 15gb but E:\ says it has 20gb in use - the other 5gb accounting for my videos I presume.

I've scanned E:\ with Avast but found no viruses but interestingly it mentioned "E:\found.000\dir0001.chk\movie1" during its scan, can these be used to help?

I've also ran the OS boot disk to search for problems but it found none and neither did the Error-Checking. I did a system restore too but found that doesn't affect documents.

UPDATE: I've downloaded a Trial of a program called " Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional" and it has been able to find and open "E:\found.000\dir0000.chk\Movies\Movie1.avi" and allowed me to play it with VLC with no problem - my geuss is this narrows it down to an error with explorer.exe, will I require a complete new install of Vista to fix this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated,

Thanks for reading,


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Answer:Solved: Cannot Find or Access Folder/Files

have you tried bringing up the task manager>processes tab select explorer.exe and end on file>new task and type in explorer.exe then reboot your machine

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I recently built a new system with the primary hard drive running Vista. I hooked the HDD from my old XP system up, but for some reason could not access the files in \Documents and Settings\MyAccount. I can access all the other files on the drive except those, and I am completely unable to change the Security settings so that I can grant myself access.

I Googled my problem, and have tried fixes like using a program called Unlocker (which did absolutely nothing) and trying to take ownership via the GUI and the command prompt (didn't work). One site referred me too, a registry edit that makes taking ownership via the command prompt on available on the right-click menu .This method allowed me to open the the folders, which I couldn't do before, but I still don't have permission to open any files.

I figured that I could just boot my XP drive and move the files over when I had permission, but when I tried I got a blue screen as the OS starts to load. So that's out.

Any advice would be extremely helpful.

Answer:Solved: Unable to access certain files

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Hello there.

I've been using this office computer for more than 2 years ago.It has win98 second edition. And it's slow,so what I think was it has viruses,so I uninstalled the old antivirus[think it was mcafee] and added AVG free edition.

My problem is that everyday it always finds new viruses in my pc,and I always had to move them to the virus vault[heal wasn't available].
It's look always like this in the same folders,other are from other places on the pc.

C:\Program files\common files\microsoft shared\paris hilton porno pics archive xxx.exe
C:\Program files\common files\yahoo!\shared\anna benson sex video.exe

I also tried Panda online active scan.

Need help on what to do.
I'll post the active scan log and hjt as i saw in other posts regarding viruses.
Incident Status Location

Adware:Adware/Gator Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\HDPlugin1101.dll
Potentially unwanted tool:Application/ErrorSafe Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\UWFX6_0001_N68M2301NetInstaller.exe
Spyware:Cookie/Belnk Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Gator Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Belnk Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Belnk Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\rachelle\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
Spyware:Cookie/Overture Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\Profiles\rachelle\Cookies\[email... Read more

Answer:Solved: viruses from microsoft shared folder and yahoo!folder

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The shared folder has always been working until I bought a new router. Installed it and then my MacBook Pro is unable to map the shared folder on my Windows 10. I tried to ping the Windows 10 from the MacBook Pro and I received a request time out. However, I can ping my printer and other devices fine but just not the Windows 10 computer. The Windows 10 is able to ping the MacBook Pro but not the other way around. How do I start troubleshooting this issue?

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I have a PC and a laptop, both Win 7 Pro 64bit. I can create homegroup from both PC and laptop and can be successfully connected, and the laptop can always access to the PC shared libraries, regardless of whether the PC or laptop creates the homegroup, HOWEVER, the PC always cannot access to the laptop's shared libraries.

The printer is connected to the PC through USB, and the laptop can used the printer through homegroup to print, regardless whether PC or laptop creates the homegroup.

I used kaspersky internet security 2010 for both laptop and PC, and with Windows firewall enabled. I tried to disable Windows firewall on both PC and laptop, then try to access the laptop shared libraries but to no success.

I have read some threads, but not so similar to my issue.

PLEASE HELP ME in this issue!!

I tried ping to the laptop's IP address or name, but it comes with the following:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

My NBTSTAT -n , and ipconfig /all are as followed (generated from the PC):

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Users\user>NBTSTAT -n
Local Area Connection 2:
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Answer:Solved: PC can't access shared library files in Laptop through Homegroup, but laptop

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