> I am new to networking so please bear with me if I am asking for help on
> something relatively simple.
> I have 3 Vista machine in a home network belonging to the same workgroup.
> On all the machines Network discovery, File sharing and Public folder
> sharing are turned on (Printer sharing, password protected sharing and
> sharing are turned off). Each machine can see the other two machines in
> On one of the machines, I have shared a couple of folders in the C drive
> and added Everyone in Choose people to share with, giving Co-owner
> permission level. This works fine and I can see these folders and all the
> files they
> contain on the other machines. However, if I share files and/or a folder
> & files in the Documents folder with similar permission level these do not
> show on the other machines.
> If I click on "Show me all the files and folders I am sharing" in Network
> and Sharing Center only those that are shared in the Documents folders
> show (but not the shared folders outside the Documents folder) whereas
> "Show me all the shared network folders on this computer" comes up with
> only the shared folders which are not in the Documents folder plus Public
> and Printers folders.
> I have tried sharing the Documents folder but again this does not appear
> on networked computers.
> What do I need to do to give access to files and folders in the Documents
> folder to other computers?
The issue is clearly not your firewalls or antivirus as the other poster
suggested. In order to share the personal user directories (Documents,
Music, etc.) you need to create the same user accounts/passwords on all
Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not need
to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
need to exist and match on all machines. DO NOT NEGLECT TO CREATE
PASSWORDS, EVEN IF ONLY SIMPLE ONES. If you wish a machine to boot directly
to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for convenience, you
can do this:
Vista - Start Orb>Search box>type: netplwiz [enter]
Click on Continue (or supply an administrator's password) when prompted by
Uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
computer". Select a user account to automatically log on by clicking on the
desired account to highlight it and then hit OK. Enter the correct password
for that user account (if there is one) when prompted. Leave it blank if
there is no password (null).
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