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I'm sharing a password protected folder from my Windows 7, but the other computer which is using Windows Vista is unable to access this folder. This Vista can access my other non password protected shared folders without any problem. But when trying to access the password protected one, it says the folder is "is not accessible".

Here are the things I've tried:

  • turned of the firewall on both PCs.
  • turned on network discovery, file and printer sharing, turn off password sharing, disabled homegroup connection.
  • I tried to turn on password sharing as well, it gives the same error.
  • try to create the same username and password on the Vista.

So, what else I can try?

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Does the Vista user have an account on the Windows 7 box? – Moif Murphy Dec 20 '11 at 10:05
Are they logging on with a local account on the computer sharing the files? – squarebear Dec 20 '11 at 10:05
@MoifMurphy, I'm not sure what you mean by Windows 7 box, so I guess I don't have it. – Phelios Dec 21 '11 at 2:29
@StephenMartin, no, they can see the folder without logging in, but is not prompted for password either when trying to access the folder. – Phelios Dec 21 '11 at 2:31

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