I'm trying to set up an old XP Pro system I was using at work as a small home file server, but my Win7 box can't access it - I get "Invalid User or Password" error - and I see the following on the XP's Security event log:

Login Failure:

Reason: Unknown user name or bad password
User Name: MediaUser
Logon Type: 3
Logon Process: NtLmSsp
Workstation Name: BEOWULF

system stats are:



OS: XP 32-bit SP3

Able to ping and Remote Desktop to that system from the client, but no UNC access.



OS: Win7 Home Premium 64-bit

I'm specifying a valid "MUSICBOX\MediaUser" account and password - it works for Remote Desktop, but is rejected by SMB.

MediaUser has admin rights on the XP box. MUSICBOX and BEOWULF live on the same workgroup.


3 Answers 3



None of the above suggestions worked. I read the document linked above, and saw that MS suggested "Simple File Sharing" - well it WAS on, so I turned it OFF.

And that worked - I have full access to the shares now.

Maybe because the system was once on a domain, and now it is off of it.

Again, weird.

  • This worked for me too, and the system at hand was never on a domain.
    – Gabe
    Sep 2, 2011 at 23:19

Possible cause: Win7 uses NTLMv2 authentication, while XP defaults to accepting NTLM.

On XP, run secpol.msc. Go to Security Settings → Local Policies → Security Options, find the "Network security: LAN Manager authentication level" option, and set it to the "Send NTLMv2 response only\refuse LM and NTLM" level.

(Alternatively, you could lower the authentication level on Win7 to "Send NTLM" – it's your LAN, your security requirements.)

Another post on SuperUser says the problem could be caused by large clock differences.

See also the Microsoft document Windows 7 and HomeGroup Downlevel Sharing.

  • Thanks for the suggestions, but none of them did anything helpful. I figured it out.
    – Eli
    Aug 23, 2011 at 16:55

Did you try setting up a user on EACH computer that is exactly the same, with the same username and password and permissions? Say, set up Poweruser with ******** as the password (substitute an actual password) with Limited permissions (the same on each.) User accounts can be created by an administrator or any user with administrator rights in Control panel. This worked for me.

If you have multiple XP and Windows 7 computers, set up this username and password the same on all of them. THEN check each file or folder which is not working properly for any restricted sharing permissions on the drive of each computer. Some users may have blocked access to, say "my pictures" for anyone but themselves. The "all users" or shared user folders contents should already be visible.

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