Cannot Access Shared Folders on XP Network

By almcneil
Jul 9, 2008
  1. Techspotters,

    This should be simple to fix but I'm having a problem figuring it out. A customer as 4 PCs, all running XP. 3 are XP Pro and one is XP Home. All are connected peer-to-peer through a router. Assigned all of them to a new workgroup and they can see each other. There is one PC that the others cannot access its shared folders. We can access its shared printer folder. Searched the web and tried various solutions including editing the registry but still nothing's working. We get the error "\\Dad\c is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource" and either "not enough server storage is available to process this command" or "the network path is not found" Also, this one is a laptop that is connceted wirelessly whereas the others are connected directly to the router.

    Any suggestions?
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Sometimes there's nothing simple about Windows Networking and File Sharing!

    You said they can all see each other?

    The only issue is accessing a shared folder on one of the PCs? But the shared printers on that PC are accessible?

    To make this easier to discuss particulars, could you tell me the following about each computer and then i (we) can both refer to a machine by name to avoid confusion.

    - Machine Name
    - XP Pro or XP Home?
    - LAN or Wireless connected

    And which computer (tell me machine name) has a shared folder not accessible to others.

    Also, it sounds like the problem is down to just an authentication issue but i'll offer these links as fyi's you may want to at least skim through to check things. Also, we'll also probably find LanSpy (described in Part1) helpful to diagnose this

    TROUBLESHOOT: Part1, XP File and Printer Sharing

    Part 2, “Troubleshoot: XP File and Printer Sharing, Computers Not Found? Diagnose Computer Browser Service
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