Home Network asking for user ID and password

By bmyzer101 ยท 5 replies
Jul 18, 2013
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  1. 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?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    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"
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    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
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,475   +126

    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.
  5. cubanoking

    cubanoking TS Rookie

    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.
  6. bmyzer101

    bmyzer101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 29

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

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