Can someone help, I can't access shared files on my home network

By PJonse ยท 9 replies
Mar 20, 2005
  1. I've been trying to solve this for a little while by reading posts in this forum and learn quite a lot on setting up the home network. Unfortunately, the problem still there and appreciate any help I can get to solve it. Thanks in advance.

    Here's the details of my issue:

    I am using a broadband modem router to connect my three PCs (all running XP Pro) and internet.

    I can:
    • access the internet on the three PCs (namely PC_A, PC_B & PC_C);
    • see all three computers in the same Workgroup;
    • access the printers on PC_A from PC_B & PC_C

    But I can't access the PC_A's shared folder from PC_B & PC_C, keep having an error message about not having permission to access the folder, to complicate the matter, I can access the PC_B's shared folder from PC_A.

    I've checked:
    • Computer name of each PC is ok;
    • Workgroup of each PC is ok;
    • IP addresses of each PC is ok;
    • Network communication is ok, I can ping each PC by its IP address;
    • Printer & File Sharing service is running on each PC;
    • All PCs are using XP Simple File Sharing;
    • Guest account on each PC is active, checked by "net user guest" &
    • I have turned off the Zonealarm on each PC.

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. fishhookz

    fishhookz TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Did you turn of XP firewall on all PCs?

    Are the PC's in NTFS?

    I think two of the PCs are fighting to act as host. So one will "lose" the fight and mess up. Redo all the sharing from scratch. Make one host and 2 clients in XP.
  3. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Check Security/Permissions on PC_A's share

    Check Security/Permissions on PC_A's share. Is it the same as the other two computers?
  4. backhertz

    backhertz TS Rookie

  5. PJonse

    PJonse TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Guys, I'll try it out tonight and report back the outcome.
  6. PJonse

    PJonse TS Rookie Topic Starter

    :confused: The problem still here. I've checked all the things suggested in the guide recomended by Backhertz.

    Fishookz, all my PCs are in NTFS. How do I make one host and 2 clients in XP?

  7. fishhookz

    fishhookz TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Do start > network... > both wizards on all PCs.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    remove auto negotiate make all nic cards same speed full or half duplex
    other than that little glichy thing it's sounds like permissions security settings are messed up
    If you can do it (I do) all pc's should have 1 admin name and the same password
    just don't use admin as administation name make it unique.
    check for more stuff
    this is edited messed up on link
  9. pdougan

    pdougan TS Rookie

    Similar problem

    FWIW, I had a quite similar problem that I finally figured out for myself. However, I had created a thread on another tech web site. you might want to go over there and read all of the tips that were sent to me to help you get a better focus. Good Luck
  10. Eddy Rassy

    Eddy Rassy TS Rookie Posts: 69

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