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  • I have just installed 4 PC's running windows 7 professional. The Internet connection originally was a shaed ADSL2 connection connected to machine 1 and shared between the other 3 via a cisco 10/100 switch. This didn't work so I replaced it with an ADSL2 router. The PC's are all in the same workgroup and are all using DHCP. Initially all PC's could see each other and access files, then workstation 1 could see the other 3 and the other 3 could see workstation1 but when trying to access shared directories or install a  shared printer it asked for a network password. I have switched off password sharing in the network sharing centre along with having network detection on, file and print sharing on. I have flushed the ARP cache on all PC's but nothing seems to work. I have changed the workgroup on all the PC's as workstation1 has shared folders that all the other PC's need to access.

    What else can i do


    Saturday, June 18, 2011 6:39 PM


  • After you connected the computers to the network, you should have received a question about wether you wanted the network to be public or private. If you want the PCs to see each other and to share files, you should select "private" (not "public"), which some people find counterintuitive.

    Anyway, if that was not the problem, then instead of asking in the Training and Certification forum you will probably get better answers if you ask in one of the forums devoted to Windows 7 such as this one:



    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Monday, July 25, 2011 12:26 AM
    Saturday, June 18, 2011 9:05 PM