As per subject, I'm not able to map a remote network drive to my Vista. I tested on an XP machine in the same network as mine and it's able to map the said drive, I also tried another Vista in the same network, but it's not able to map as well. So it's definitely the Vista.

Anyone can shed a light on this?

EDIT: The error message was just generic Windows cannot access \\xx.xx.xx.xx\share_name

EDIT2: Ok, after the error message appears, it actually asks me whether I want to diagnose. So I did and I got this:

[Window Title] Windows Network Diagnostics

[Main Instruction] "xx.xx.xx.xx" is not set up to establish a connection on port "File and printer sharing (SMB)" with this computer.

[Windows found a problem that cannot be repaired automatically] [Cancel]


Probably has to do with LAN Manager authentication level.

If you have the full featured Vista (access to security policy gui) follow this http://www.builderau.com.au/blogs/codemonkeybusiness/viewblogpost.htm?p=339270746

Otherwise you'll have to change the value in the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\LMCompatibilityLevel from a 3 to a 1

This applies to Win7 machines too when trying to browse XP / Samba shares.

  • I don't have LMCompatibilityLevel and I don't have secpol.msc as well =/ any other idea? – Andreas Wong Jun 30 '10 at 14:14
  • Ok nvm, I actually have LMCompatibilityLevel, changed to one but I'm still getting windows cannot access... – Andreas Wong Jun 30 '10 at 14:22

Make sure the workstation service is started and set for automatice startup. This is needed to access network shares.

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