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I have two machines - Windows XP and a laptop using Windows 7. I connected them with a WLAN cable.

On the Windows XP machine, I set the IP address to 192.168.0.10. On the Windows 7 laptop, I set the IP address to 192.168.0.20.

The laptop can see the Windows XP machine, but Windows XP machine cannot see the Windows 7 machine. But this does NOT concern me. I want to move the files from my desktop (Windows XP) to Windows 7 (laptop). That's why I'm going through all this.

The problem is that when I try to connect from Windows 7 to Windows XP machine, I get this window:

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I don't understand what username/password is needed. I use none on the Windows XP machine. I tried all usernames - no success.

Please explain in deep details how to solve my problem so I can connect to my Windows XP machine.

EDIT: Maybe this can help: the Windows XP machine is named 'I' and 'Проданов III' is the name of the laptop. Both computers share one workgroup - WORKGROUP.

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Not necessarily related, but to make XP see Windows 7 open the Network and Sharing center and click on Customize to make the network a private network, you should then be able to see both ways. –  heavyd Mar 10 '10 at 17:35
    
That actually is quite related. Windows 7, by default, marks networks it doesn't know as public and sharing without passwords is disabled. If you mark a network as private, I think it should work. –  Zsub Apr 9 '10 at 9:08

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  1. Find your username for I
    • Ctrl-Alt-Delete, it may show you the username as "you are logged in as I\USERNAME", or it will bring up the Task Manager.
    • If you see task manager, click on Users tab, that will give you the name that's logged in.
  2. Set a password
    • Your account on I must have a password.
    • Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts, then select your account and set a password.
    • While you're there, make sure this user is an administrator - it remove a lot of permission problems
  3. After setting the password, reboot. Always reboot when in doubt.
  4. Try connecting again from laptop
    • Username is I\USERNAME, whatever you found in step 1
    • Password is the password you just set
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Put in your account name used on the Windows XP machine and leave the password field blank. Domain needs to be the Windows XP computer name.

Username: I\XPUser
Password:

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Login failure: unknown username or bad password.I tried this before with more than one account. :( –  John Mar 10 '10 at 16:28
    
still the same. :-( –  John Mar 10 '10 at 16:38

I have had mixed results with Windows 7/Windows XP connectivity. Usually something gets weird in the 7 box and once I restart it, it works fine.

On the Windows 7 laptop can you try to navigate to \192.168.0.10\c$ ?

However, I do believe, you will need to set a password on the Windows XP machine for file sharing to work. You can use something simple temporarily like "p@ssw0rd" Warning: Please set a strong(er) password on the 2 machines. But, hey, they are your machines do what you want :).

OTHERWISE, you can set the permissions on the share to Everyone Allow -> "All", which will literally allow EVERYONE to have access which I wouldn't do especially if you forget to turn it off.... Again, they are your computers do what you want, but you have been warned :).

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As a side note, do you have a share which you gave your user permissions to it?

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