Can't access Windows 7 shared folder from other XP computers on LAN

In the workgroup I can see the Windows 7 machine, I can open the machine I can see the folder and a users folder.


When I open the Shered folder it says '\\computer name\folder name is not accessible you might not have permission to use this network resource.  contact administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.  Access is denied





Permission and Security issues with Vista/Win7, check the following settings.

All users that are allowed to share need to have account on all the computers that they are allowed to connect to.

Everyone is an account, it means a group of all of the users that already have an account and been established as users.

Using the Everyone feature saves the need of configuring permission to each of the established users, it does not mean Everyone that feel that they would like to login. 

Users that do not have an account on the computer are Not part of the Everyone Group.

If security on the LAN is Not needed and users are Not established, then switching On the Guest account provides semi-open configuration.


Point to the a Folder that meant to  to be share. Right click and choose properties.

In the properties

Click on the Security tab shown in the pic bellow to the right) and check that the users and their permission (shown in the pic bellow center and left) are correctly configured. Then do the same to the Permission tab.

This screen shot is from Win 7, Vista's menus are similar.

In both the Security panel, and the Permission panel you have to highlight each User/Group and examine that the Permission Controls are checked correctly.

When everything is OK, Reboot the Network (Router, and computer).

* Note . The Groups and Users shown in the screen-shoot are just an example. Your list will look the way your system is configured. 

Permission/Security in Win XP Pro.

Jack MVP, Microsoft Windows Desktop Experience-Networking.

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Last updated February 15, 2021 Views 71,501 Applies to: