Problem: our Windows 7 Home Premium PC no longer provides shared folder access over the network to non-password protected accounts, especially the Guest account.
Until the last week or so this was not an issue - we can only guess that a recent Windows update has somehow broken something.
Here are the symptoms:-
- The PC shows as present on the network in Windows Explorer, Mac OS X Finder and Android file browser.
- Using Explorer to browse from a Windows client: access is denied with 'you do not have permissions' warning.
- Using Explorer from a Windows client: entering the full address into the location bar, in the form \\NAME-OF-WIN7-PC\SharedFolderName yields the correct access without any challenge for credentials.
- From Mac OS X Finder client: folders are presented/accessible when supplied with a password protected account but never with Guest.
So in short: it appears there is guest access if the folders are addressed directly (item 3) but when browsed for via Explorer (items 2 & 4).
Hopefully that's enough information to go - can anybody shed some light please? Thanks.