Cannot access shared file from Windows 7 machine "You do not have permission to access..."

I have a windows XP Dell that has a Quickbooks folder on it.  I have always shared this folder between two XP machines.  I upgraded one machine to Windows 7.  The Windows 7 machine can see the XP machine, can see the shared file, but gets an error that says...

Windows cannot access \\HOLLYS-PC\Intuit

You do not have permission to access \\HOLLYS-PC\\Intuit. Contact your network administrator to request access.

I have followed file sharing instructions on both machines AND have no HOMEGROUP set on the 7 machine. 

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I had the same problem. Turns out when sharing a hard drive you have to change the permissions for the drive itself too, not just the sharing permissions. Right click on the drive and select properties > security [NOT sharing] > edit > add > type in "Everyone" without quotes > ok. Then select the "Everyone" permission in the edit dialog and tick all the permissions you want network users to have. You have to do network sharing permissions but if you don't change the drive permissions also you still won't be able to access it.

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Just a follow up on a related problem. I've found that some computers on my network still ask for a username and password when connecting to a drive, and leaving it blank will result in the "you do not have permission blah blah" error. The setting that's supposed to change that doesn't seem to do anything on some of my systems. However, since the permissions have been set to "everyone" you just have to put something in the username/password fields. It doesn't have to be a valid account, gibberish works fine. Some windows systems just want you to send login credentials for some reason, even if none are required.

Also, my original post was in response to blaze613 about sharing drives. If you're having trouble sharing one folder presumably the same procedure applies but with the folder security settings. Don't give read/write permissions for the root of your hard drive to "everyone" if you just want to share one folder.

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Hi,

Refer this links for more information on how to share files:

http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7network/thread/14c9cf97-ac52-48bc-a730-284de284d353

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/File-sharing-essentials

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Why-can-t-I-connect-to-other-computers

Hope this helps.

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