I upgraded one of my PCs (which is named win7pc) to Windows 7 Professional, and wanted to share a folder without using HomeGroup because I still have a laptop running Windows Vista and I've read that only Windows 7 computers can access the HomeGroup. So I did the advanced sharing, gave the user EVERYONE permissions, but when I tried to access the Windows 7 share from the Vista PC, this was what I got:
\\win7pc\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.
Logon Failure: user account restriction. Possible reasons are blank passwords not allowed, logon hour restrictions, or a policy restriction has been enforced.
What the? The new "win7pc" is in the same workgroup (called WORKGROUP) as the vista PC. The Windows 7 machine can access a share on the Vista PC not problem. I thought maybe running Windows 7 Pro has something to do with this, so I right-clicked on Computer, and under "Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, I clicked on Change Settings, then I clicked on Network ID, and sure changed the setting from "This computer is part of a business network; I use it to connect to other computers at work" to "This is a home computer; it's not part of a business network". After restarting, however, I still got the same problem- so that didn't work.
It turns out I have to click on "Turn OFF password protected sharing
" in the Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center
, Advanced Settings. Once I did that, then voila, the Vista notebook can now access the share.
BTW I find it a bad omission that Windows 7 doesn't give a shared folder a distinct icon like in XP and Vista. I read it was because Microsoft didn't want to confuse users or clutter the interface. How weird- to me that's like removing a feature.