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Topic   Networking issues

Tony
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* 17-Dec-2017(#1)
Most of you know I try to help with the IT at my church's office.

Last week, while I was dealing with issues caused by the Windows 10 update (see separate post), I decided to install a new computer as the "server". This is a computer in the conference room used for putting items on the large screen TV for meetings and it contains a hard drive that holds all of the shared files. The system in place was running XP and the hard drive was an IDE, so I put a new(er) computer there with a much faster processor, SATA hard drive, and Windows 10. I went to the subdirectory where the shared files were stored and set it to Share. I went to the other computers on the network and mapped them to that drive. Everything looked fine.

The next day, I got a call saying the Shared drive could be read, but no one could write to it. I went in, accessed the Settings, and it looks like I had set everything correctly to let everyone have full rights to Read and Write to the Shared folder. When I went to the other computers on the network, but none of them had rights to access the drive at all.

I called the "expert" we've paid in the past to handle problems I couldn't. He is very opinionated and hates Windows 10. He apparently doesn't know much about Networking with Windows 10. He said it was much more complicated than Networking with Windows XP and recommended that I just put the old system back in place since it was working fine.

I put the old computer back in place, and initially it looked like the entire Network was gone. However, when I went in the next day everything was showing up and I was able to map to the old Shared drive again.

I guess I need to study up on how to share a directory on a network with Windows 10.
John
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21-Dec-2017(#2)
Do you know if you were using the HomeGroup stuff at all? While I do like Windows 10, I have seen too many bad things with HomeGroups -- which is how MS wants you to share stuff these days. I turn it off on all PCs.

Then, you should be able to share the directory and set permissions for "Everyone." Note that you need the file/dir permissions to also be read/write for "Everyone" -- as well as the Sharing Permissions.

Do the other PCs have Windows 10 also?

And are you trying to share with no passwords so that just everyone that connects can do whatever without worrying about passwords? Or using a local user/password that they all use to connect to the share?
John
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21-Dec-2017(#3)
I did a quick search and this does sound HomeGroup related. So, do let me know if you're using HomeGroup stuff. It just doesn't work well, IMO.

See: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/...
Tony
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23-Dec-2017(#4)
Thank you for the response.

I should explain that I know little or nothing about Networking. What I did with XP was incredibly simple, and the steps I took with Win10 seemed just as simple.

As I recall: From Windows Explorer on the "Server", I went to the folder I wanted to share, right clicked, and followed the menus to Share with everyone. From Windows Explorer on the other computers, I went to Network, found the "Server" with the folder I wanted to Share, right clicked, and clicked on "Map to Network". At that point, Win10 asked me for the Admin login and password on the "Server". (I don't recall XP needing that password to Map a drive.) I entered the information, and was able to read the shared folder.

The next day, I was told someone could Read from the folder, but not Write to it. I went back into Network Settings on the "Server" and followed the menus to the Advanced Settings. I found a list showing others could only Read. I clicked around until I found a menu that showed the same list with only a box next to Read checked. I clicked the other boxes and hit Apply. I clicked OK on everything until I was out. When I went to the other computers to see if it worked, they said "you do not have rights to access this folder" and I wasn't given the option to enter a password. I went back to the "Server", but couldn't find anything to explain what I was seeing on the other computers. Everything looked like the folder was Shared with full rights to everyone with access.

What I will probably need is a tutorial with step-by-step screenshots of each page for how to set the drive/folder I want to share.

Topic   Networking issues