I have two networked Windows 7 Professional computers A and B using workgroup WORKGROUP. Both have identical settings under Advanced sharing settings:

  • Network discovery on
  • File and Printer sharing on
  • Public folder sharing on
  • 128-bit file sharing connections
  • Password-protected sharing off
  • HomeGroup connections allowed

Here's the weird thing.

  • Computer A can access all of computer B's shares with no login needed.
  • Computer B can access computer A's shares without a login only upon startup; after a minute or so, when trying to access the network shares, they start asking for a password.

screenshot of password

I've tried the usual suggestions of security policy but they don't work. I've also tried to remove some unnecessary startup services, but I'm stuck.

Edit: Additional info:

  • Both Guest accounts are enabled
  • Attempting to override the domain prefix (which is odd since workgroup's are used) and forcing "Guest" with blank password does not work

Any hints?

  • You are getting this because, the account you intially attempted to use, does not exist on Tempest. You have to specificy the fact you want to use an account on a different machine, in order to log into an account, that only exists on Tempest. You will be unable to log into Tempest using an account that only exists on DAMAO-PC
    – Ramhound
    Mar 22, 2017 at 20:45
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    That does not explain why I'm able to initially access the share without a login, but after a minute or so, is unable to.
    – NDeLeon
    Mar 23, 2017 at 7:48

1 Answer 1


It turns out that I can access the network share if I use its IP address. For some reason, the automatically discovered network share from the computer I'm using to access gets incorrectly mapped to (localhost).

The workaround is to access the share via its IP. No permanent solution yet, but it's sufficient in that I don't need to enter the password.

  • I NEVER user computer names to access shares. NETBIOS names are a pain. Apr 27, 2017 at 8:15

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