Firewall preventing access to shared folders RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have three PCs in my One Care Circle (PC01, PC02 & PC03).  All three are running on XP Home and all three have One Care v2.0.  PC01 is able to access shared folders on PC02, PC02 is able to access folders on PC01 and PC03 has access to folders on both PC01 & PC02.  However, neither PC01 nor PC02 are able to access shared folders on PC03 unless the Firewall on PC03 is switched off.


    Using the My Network Places window on any machine and selecting "Show PCs in my Workgroup" shows all 3 PCs as expected, however trying to access shared folders on PC03 gives the error message; "You may not have sufficient rights to access this folder" and "Network Path not Found"


    All machines are running on the same wireless LAN and I have tried setting the "Share folders with local and internet" option in the Advanced settings for the Firewall.  I have also noticed that if I switch the firewall on PC03 off, PC01 (The Hub machine) shows that PC03's firewall is off almost immediately.  But when I switch it back on it takes an hour or more for the change to be reflected on PC01.


    Can anyone offer any suggestions on resolving this.



    Tuesday, January 22, 2008 12:31 PM


All replies

  • On PC03 is the network configured as Home or Work? Does PC03 have multiple network connections shown as active (even if only one is really active) and one of them is shown as Unidentified Network?




    Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:40 PM
  • The One Care setting on PC03 is Home/Work and not Public.  Is that what you meant?


    The Internet and Network settings window in control panel shows two network connections; Wireless which is active and connected and LAN which is disabled.  (The LAN card is disabled in the Hardware Device Manager to prevent the "You have an unplugged Network Cable" message poping up in the systray.).




    Tuesday, January 22, 2008 8:12 PM
  • Yes, that is what I meant, Dave. Thanks. And the fact that there is only one adapter active is good.

    I'm stabbing in the dark now....Start/Run type services.msc

    Look for Network Location Awareness Service. Is it started?

    If not start the service and set the startup to automatic.

    Other than that, perhaps a support contact is in order - 

    How to reach support (FAQ) - http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsOneCare/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2421771&SiteID=2


    Tuesday, January 22, 2008 8:30 PM



    I have checked for the NLA Service and it is running, however its Start Up Type is 'Manual'.  If the 'Start Up' type is Manual, how is it getting started, as I'm certainly not doing it?


    I haven't changed the start up yet as I wanted to ask if it is likely to screw up whatever is starting it, if I change it to Automatic.



    Friday, January 25, 2008 7:56 PM
  • As long as it is running, it should be fine. OneCare would probably be starting it, but the suggested setting is Automatic, meaning it will be started for services that depend on it later.



    Monday, January 28, 2008 2:34 AM