Home Network asking for user ID and password


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I have a Windows 7 computer wired into my home network. It has a printer attached to it that I have set to share. I have a windows 7 laptop and an XP laptop. Both 7 machines can see open the shared drives on the XP machine but when I try to access the shared drives of either 7 machine from any of the other machines I am asked to give a User ID and a password. This is a private Home network. I have no passwords set up on any of the machines. I'm trying to set up the printer on the two laptops and I can't access it without the User ID Password window popping up. Does anyone know what the problem is?


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This is all normal operation for print/file sharing. If you really want sharing without using passwords (imo a security risk), then you need to google for "anonymous sharing"


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Make certain each machine has defined the same user ID and password. This includes making certain the Guest account on both machines also use the identical password


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What versions of OS do you have 7 which one? XP which one? Might one to think about a USB Print Server to print to all these systems. This way no PC needs to be running Printer Sharing. Solve a lot of issues this way with XP in the network mix.
Sounds like password protection is still enabled on the Windows 7 share. In the network and sharing center, go to password protected sharing section and make sure it is turned off.


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Thank you all. I got it fixed. Had to turn on guest accounts for the printer sharing.