"Michael Walraven" <mexxwalraven@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> There are two parts to sharing/using files within Vista.
> Sharing - this allows various files/directories to be seen across the
> Access - this allow users to access/view/change files and directories that
> are being shared.
> Just because a directory is being shared does not mean that a specific
> user can access files within that directory.
> There are two basic ways to get a directory shared, right click on the
> There is a entry for 'sharing' use this to get the simplest sharing setup.
> Otherwise select properties and the sharing tab, advanced sharing. This
> allows much finer control and many more ways to screw up permissions so
> that you machine is unusable!
> Before messing with permission/sharing I recommend that your do a system
> snapshot so that you can do a system restore if necessary.
> If you haven't already noticed, Vista/XP happiness on sharing depends a
> great deal on having identical accounts on both machines. If your logon
> account and password on both machines is the same things just go much
> Simple steps to get your share going.
> Right click on c:\arcs\download
> select sharing
> select from the expandable list if you want more than the owner of the
> directory (yourself). Note that the 'public' shares include 'everyone' in
> the list.
> click on share, will take a while to set everything up correctly. You are
> very unlikely to mess up your system using this way.
> You say you can see c:\arcs, so perhaps you have already gotten to the
> steps above, so sorry about the redundancy.
> If so right click on c:\arcs and check the sharing.
> As far as seeing the share but not seeing the content, check the security
> settings (properties/security tab) to make sure that the account from the
> XP has permissions to view/change the items.
> "McG." <McGrandpaNOT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> Hi folks,
>> I'm not new to computers or Windows OS's at all. Vista, though, is new
>> to me. I just bought a new laptop (Toshiba Satellite P205D-S7454), and
>> it has Vista Home Premium 32 bit preinstalled.
>> In my first hour of running it, I managed to delete my entire desktop.
>> Rebooting, it was still gone. So for the first time ever, I cracked the
>> seal on my own recovery disks. Two hours later, I make sure I don't mess
>> with unhiding system files anymore :-)
>> Ok, so Vista is pretty cool. It's also quite a bit different than any
>> other Windows version. So far, all my software I need installed is
>> working just fine. Vista hasn't complained about any of it, including
>> all my 3D apps.
>> Three questions:
>> 1. Windows Explorer, or, just Explorer in Vista. I'd like to have it
>> open to the same size, position, and with the same folder shown open
>> using a specific shortcut. With 98SE and XP, this was very easy. In XP
>> I simply use:
>> Target location: %SystemRoot%
>> target: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,C:\
>> Start in: %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%
>> And the XP Explorer remembers its size and location, and opens with C:\
>> open in the folder pane.
>> In Vista, this [ C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e,C:\ ] gets Explorer open and
>> C:\ is open. But the size is always too small. How do I get it to open
>> to the size I want every time from that shortcut? Maybe I'm not running
>> Explorer from the right place, or the right way?
>> 2. How do I get Explorer to NOT show "Favorite Links" at the top of the
>> folder pane? If I can't remove it, then at least get it at the bottom of
>> the folder pane.
>> 3. Private network, File and Folder sharing. From the laptop/Vista,
>> I have no trouble accessing my desktop running XP Pro x64 and using the
>> folders I've shared from there. From the XP x64 machine, I can see this
>> laptop, see the folders I've 'shared' but am not able to open them at
>> all. I see there is a "Public" folder that opens into several folders,
>> 'Public Downloads' for instance. Those I can access. But I prefer to be
>> able to access "C:\ARCS\DOWNLOADS" directly, for instance. While I can
>> see "C:\ARCS", I can't open it. 'Access denied....'
>> What do I need to do to access that folder from my desktop?
>> I'm using a DLink DI-524 4 port switch with Wireless G (802.11b/g), the
>> desktop is wired (10/100mbit) and the laptop is Wireless (54mbit max).
>> The networking seems fine. I seem to have missed a setting in Vista for
>> the shares.
>> Other than these two little things, I think I've figured out how to
>> (safely!) get around in Vista now. The Aero interface is neat, Vista
>> runs quite well, seems very responsive and the system is quick. I'm
>> just guessing, but since Vista hasn't stopped me, all the software I've
>> installed thus far is 'compatible'.
>> Having a nice bright 17" Widescreen WXGA display for it is very nice.
>> Thanks in advance!
3. Turned out the problem was twofold. I had not installed any updates at
all, and (likely the big one with Vista) had not added a Guest account with
appropriate access levels for the folders I wanted to share. I had only
Administrator/owner account for access, which is where everything HAS to be
identical with each machine. Now there is a Guest/Contributor for them
also. I already had Private Network set, btw. It is a little different in
XP of course, the access to security settings are put right in your face in
Vista :-) . But in the end, the result is I have access to what I want from
where I want. I ran Windows Update, checked out the 29 available downloads
for Vista and Office 2003, found them to all be desirable, downloaded and
installed all 29, rebooted and all is well. I can now access the new
folders I've shared from both the XP Pro x64 desktop and XP Home on old
1. and 2. were better that I figured out on my own. No problems there now
either. Opening Explorer any way other than my new shortcut results in the
default Explorer, and with that shorcut just the way I like it. Finding I
can just drag the 'Favorite Links' box bottom line up till it is almost gone
was a DUH moment ;-)
General thoughts on Vista now:
Pretty darn good, all things considered. It's quite a lot faster than I
expected. And I actually like having the security features thrown right in
my face. Once they're properly taken care of, no worries. As long as the
hardware manufacturers supply drivers to support X64/Vista, all is well it
I'm now considering Vista Ultimate 64 bit for the desktop :-D
Thanks again for the help, Michael!