I have two shared folders in Windows 7 with exactly the same sharing/security settings however I can only access one from XP e.g., FolderA. The other folder FolderB can't be seen by XP. Any ideas why?

Additional Info:

When using Guest account in XP, I can see FolderA but not FolderB

When using Admin account in XP, I cannot see both folders

BTW I can ping both the IP/Computer name, XP to W7 and vice versa.

I also can't see workgroup computers in XP, but I can see both XP and W7 in W7's workgroup (i.e., View network computers and devices)

  • down voter, what's wrong with this question? – IMB Nov 25 '12 at 16:31
  • what happens if you turn on/off simple file sharing? – Logman Nov 25 '12 at 17:33
  • @Logman nothing really happens, no error. – IMB Nov 25 '12 at 17:42
  • @Logman BTW I also can't see workgroup computers in XP, but I can see both XP and W7 in W7's View network computers and devices – IMB Nov 25 '12 at 17:43
  • What are the settings under Advanced Sharing Settings for the Home or Work and Public profile Win7.... Network Discovery? Turn on File Print Sharing? Public Folder sharing? "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings" – Logman Nov 25 '12 at 18:16

It works.

You should verify that you can ping computer (xp) ping computer Win7 and vice versa

Make sure you can access a shared folder on WIN7 using UNC notation. Create two folders on Win7 and make them shared by the network users.

On windows xp create mapped drives for the two folders. Now you can see the two folders.

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