Windows 7 Computer Cannot Access Shared Folders on Windows 8 Computer

First, I just have to say that after all of this time, after so many iterations of Windows, I can't believe accessing shared drives and folders across a network is STILL an issue. It is like it is a viral problem and the infection is passed from one version of Windows to the next.

Upgraded to Windows 8 on my main desktop with no issues.

Have three other computers (netbook, two laptops) running Windows 7. For whatever reason, those three computers can no longer access shared folders on my main system.

The shared folders are visible on the three Windows 7 computers. They just can't be accessed.

All of the computers were on the same Home Group.

I checked the Network settings on the Windows 8 system and checked the folders that were being shared. They are all still shared and none of their settings appear to have changed.



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I would suggest that you run the troubleshooter which can be located in the Control panel. Follow the steps and check.


Right click mouse at the bottom left corner of the Start screen or press Windows+X.


a.       Click Control panel.


b.      Change view to Icons.


c.       Choose troubleshooting.


d.      Choose Network and sharing.


e.      Select Shared folders.


Hope this is helpful.



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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 320 Applies to: