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At home we have 3 computers running Win7 Home Premium, x64. They are all members of the same workgroup. I can map a network drive by ip address but when I use the computer name I get "access denied". I've checked and double checked that the name and password are being typed correctly. The logged in user is a member of the Administrators group on all computers.

C:\>net use x: \\server\c$
The password is invalid for \\desktop01\c$.

Enter the user name for 'server': joe
Enter the password for server:
System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied.


C:\>net use x: \\\c$
The command completed successfully.

I could just use ip addresses to map drives and carry on, but we're using dhcp and the addresses could change without warning or notice (and I don't want to use static, the point is to reduce administrivia not add more!).

Any ideas how I can get net use \\computername\... to work too?

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possibly related… – matt wilkie Dec 30 '12 at 6:01
I rarely use Microsoft FixIt, but I'm wondering if you should give it a try for this? At this point, it might be worth it. I would suggest running it on all of the computers in the workgroup. – John 'Shuey' Schuepbach Apr 20 '13 at 13:10
I've also read several posts where people said this fixed the problem, but I'm doubtful it will fix it - I guess it may at least be worth a try: – John 'Shuey' Schuepbach Apr 20 '13 at 13:13

What about creating a new share on the server and calling it something simple like "C", then map to that instead of C$...? The problem is that you're trying to map to a hidden share, and Windows 7 doesn't make this as easy as XP did. Let me know if this option is not acceptable as part of your workflow and maybe we can come up with another solution.

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I used $c as the example, but net use \\server\share fails too, only net use \\\share succeeds. I don't have these difficulties on my other computer at work, however that computer is running Win7 Pro and is a member of an Active Directory domain. Perhaps this is an intentional restriction on Win7 Home Edition? – matt wilkie Apr 19 '13 at 17:58
Windows 7 Home definitely does NOT handle networking exactly or as robustly (is that a word? :D) as Pro does. – John 'Shuey' Schuepbach Apr 20 '13 at 23:36
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Finally got this one solved! Thanks to Joining Windows 7 Homegroup breaks connections to shares

The solution is turn off Homegroup sharing, and leave the Homegroup. After that folders can be shared via: select folder >> r-click >> properties >> sharing >> advanced sharing >> [x] share this folder >> permissions

Note: "select folder >> r-click >> share >> ..." gave an error and did not work, and neither does ... >> properties >> [share].

navigation path to successful sharing

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