win xp pro 32-bit pc can't access files in win xp pro 64-bit p

win xp pro 32-bit pc can't access files in win xp pro 64-bit p

Post by QWxsZW4gUG » Fri, 24 Aug 2007 10:34:01


win xp pro 32-bit pc can't access files in win xp pro 64-bit p

Post by QWxsZW4gUG » Fri, 24 Aug 2007 10:42:01

Thanks for your response Mr. Malke. I followed your instructions but it gives
me a somewhat similar error message. This is what it says: "\\King
(Computer name) is not accessible. You might not have permission to
use......."."Logon failure: User account restriction. Possible reasons are
blank passwords........". I did examine the permissions again and no success.
I hope you'll respond again when you have time. Thanks again in advance.



win xp pro 32-bit pc can't access files in win xp pro 64-bit p

Post by Malk » Fri, 24 Aug 2007 12:23:16

Go through these general networking instructions. If you still can't get
it, go through MVP Hans-Georg Michna's networking troubleshooter here:

Problems sharing files between computers on a network are generally
caused by 1) a misconfigured firewall; or 2) inadvertently running two
firewalls such as the built-in Windows Firewall and a third-party
firewall; and/or 3) not having identical user accounts and passwords on
all Workgroup machines; 4) trying to create shares where the operating
system does not permit it.

Here are some general networking tips for home/small networks:

1. Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local Area Network
(LAN) traffic as trusted. With Windows Firewall, this means allowing
File/Printer Sharing on the Exceptions tab. Normally running the Network
Setup Wizard on XP will take care of this for those machines.The only
"gotcha" is that this will turn on the XPSP2 Windows Firewall. If you
aren't running a third-party firewall or have an antivirus with
"Internet Worm Protection" (like Norton 2006/07) which acts as a
firewall, then you're fine. With third-party firewalls, I usually
configure the LAN allowance with an IP range. Ex. would be Obviously you would substitute your correct
subnet. Do not run more than one firewall.

2. With earlier Microsoft operating systems, the name of the Workgroup
didn't matter. Apparently it does with Vista, so put all computers in
the same Workgroup. This is done from the System applet in Control
Panel, Computer Name tab.

3. Create identical user accounts and passwords on all machines. If you
wish a machine to boot directly to the Desktop (into one particular
user's account) for convenience, you can do this. The instructions at
this link work for both XP and Vista:

Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

4. If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center:

a. If you need Pro's ability to set fine-grained permissions, turn off
Simple File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab) and create identical user
accounts/passwords on all computers.

b. If you don't care about using Pro's advanced features, leave the
Simple File Sharing enabled.

Simple File Sharing means that Guest (network) is enabled. This means
that anyone without a user account on the target system can use its
resources. This is a security hole but only you can decide if it matters
in your situation.

5. Create shares as desired. XP Home does not permit sharing of users'
home directories (My Documents) or Program Files, but you can share
folders inside those directories. A better choice is to simply use the
Shared Documents folder.

Malke (Ms., not Mr.)
Elephant Boy Computers
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User

win xp pro 32-bit pc can't access files in win xp pro 64-bit p

Post by QWxsZW4gUG » Mon, 27 Aug 2007 23:52:00

When I created identical account in auto logon with username and passwords,
and after rebooting, it always show an error message something like "Make
sure you spelled the username and password correctly and the right letter
case". I tried it many times with different username and password on both
machines but won't work. What I found out that work is I put blank username
and password on both machines. Now this gave me a different error message
which I mentioned on earlier post I posted. When I access the 64 bit xp from
32 bit, same thing, I can access the folder shared but not the files but this
time the error is different which says "Logon failure: user account
restriction. Possible reasons are blank passwords not allowed, logon hour
restrictions, or a policy restriction has been enforced". What I found out in
opened the following:
-Windows Settings
-Security Settings
-Local Policies
-Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console
logon only

I set it to DISABLED setting which is by default set to ENABLED. Like a
charm, I can see all the shared folders in win xp pro 64 from win xp pro 32.
The only thing that puzzled me is why both machines won't auto logon whenever
I type something in the username and password which is exactly the same.
Anyway, the problem is solved. All that matter is I can now see the shared
folders. Thanks to the for their wonderful troubleshooting site,
but mainly I thank Mr. Malke who has always the time to respond and help
ordinary people like me. I hope this could also be a help to other people
with identical problem like mine. Thanks again Mr. Malke and you have a
wonderful day.