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How To Enable Home Group-Sharing Between Windows 8.1 and 7

Hi Guys. I recently built a PC and installed Windows 8. I have a laptop and another PC both running Windows 7. I have all the sharing enabled, but it seems when I try to access folders on my Windows 7 laptop from my Windows 8 PC I cant access anything. It says Windows can't access the shared folders because I don't have permission.

Please help!
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  1. Did you delete the automatically created homegroup on the new Windows 8 build and then join it to the existing homegroup with the password off one of the old machines?

    Did you also toggle on all the different libraries to share in the homegroup?
  2. Best answer
    Right click the network icon on the bottom right and go to network and sharing center. On the left is change advanced sharing settings. Make sure all settings are correct. Usually people post issues here when password protection is on with no password set so it'll say access denied. Otherwise you need to check permissions on the folder. This will need to be done on all pcs.
  3. its a new homegroup that I created on my windows 8 pc. I have all of the correct options in place. the message I get is Windows cant acess \\laptop\sharedhelp .. Than it goes on to say that I dont have the proper permissions. But if I try to access that same folder from my other windows 7 machine I dont have any problems. Its only when I try to access the folders from my windows 8 machine. I check the permissions and it says homegroup has read/write access. I can even access my shared folders on my windows 8 machine from my laptop running windows 7. But if I try to access my shared folders on my laptop running windows 7 from my pc running windows 8 it wont let me
  4. And that new Windows 8 homegroup is the homegroup that is used on the Windows 7 machines, i.e you deleted their old homegroup and joined the new Windows 8 machine homegroup with the new password from the Windows 8 machine and checked all the boxes to share all the specific libraries on the 7 machines?
  5. RealBeast said:
    And that new Windows 8 homegroup is the homegroup that is used on the Windows 7 machines, i.e you deleted their old homegroup and joined the new Windows 8 machine homegroup with the new password from the Windows 8 machine and checked all the boxes to share all the specific libraries on the 7 machines?



    Yup its a brand new homegroup that I created and all the machines are on it... I just dont understand how I have a folder that I shared on my laptop that I can access from my pc running windows 7. But when I try from the pc running windows8 I get the error...I cant access anything shared from my pc with windows 8. But with both my laptop and pc running windows 7 I have no problem accessing folders between the two of them and they can actually access the shared folders on the windows 8 machine...I just cant access anything from the new machine running windows 8
  6. i figured it out....It had to do with me being signed in on my computer through my microsoft account... Now that im on a local account on the computer I can access all the files
  7. Vafangool said:
    i figured it out....It had to do with me being signed in on my computer through my microsoft account... Now that im on a local account on the computer I can access all the files
  8. I have exactly the same problem as you did. Its great that you've solved it, but could you be more specific as to exactly what steps you took to get into a local account and on which computer. Screen dumps would be great. Everything worked fine, until I upgraded from 8 to 8.1.
    thanks in advance
  9. All accounts are local for windows 7 so you only create a local account on the 8.1 pc. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-user-account#create-user-account=windows-8
  10. Had the same problem. Here's my setup and solution.

    1. Windows 7 Home Premium (upgraded from Vista) with local Administrator account: Homegroup created here. This machine could access Homegroup shares on both other machines.

    2. Window 7 Enterprise machine with local Adminstrator account (same account credentials at the Win7 HP machine): Could access Homegroup shares on both other machines.

    3. Windows 8.1 with Microsoft account (not a local account): Could access Homegroup shares on the Windows 7 Enterprise machine. Could NOT access shared content on the Windows 7 Home Premium machine even though they were shared to the Homegroup. The Windows 8.1 machine did display the shared libraries under Homegroup, but would not open them. I also shared some folders, but got a permissions error (access denied) when attempting to view them.

    SOLUTION:
    Rather than creating a local account on the Windows 8.1 machine (which did work, but was not the solution I wanted), I shared my libraries to the Homegroup AND to a specific user (the Windows Account on the Windows 8.1 machine), as follows:

    1. On the machine from which you are sharing, select the desired library, folder, or file.
    2. Click "Share with" | Specific people... on the toolbar (or right-click).
    3. Enter the email address of the Microsoft account (i.e. user@domain.com) and click Add.
    4. Select the desired permission level (Read or Read/Write) and click Share.
    4. When sharing is ready, verify that the Windows 8.1 machine can access the new share. (It may take a while if sharing many folders/files.)
    5. Repeat for other libraries, folders, or files as desired.

    This is probably the first time I couldn't find any help on the internet, but finally figured it out on my own! Hope this helps someone else. Still not sure why this problem occurred on one machine, but not the other. I'm thinking it may be because I upgraded this machine from Vista, but that is a total guess.
  11. Hi Greg Gibbs,
    I thought your answer could help me, but I have not been able to add my microsoft account email in the Share with setup thing. "Windows can't find . From my Win8 laptop, I see the libraries, but nothing happens when I click documents or music... The inverse is working. From my Win7 laptop I can access the libraries from the Win8 laptop...
  12. labrecquev said:
    Hi Greg Gibbs,
    I thought your answer could help me, but I have not been able to add my microsoft account email in the Share with setup thing. "Windows can't find . From my Win8 laptop, I see the libraries, but nothing happens when I click documents or music... The inverse is working. From my Win7 laptop I can access the libraries from the Win8 laptop...


    I saw a similar message when I included the machine name when sharing with the Microsoft account (machine\user@domain.com). When I only used the email address, it was added without error.

    You may wany to try leaving the home group on all machines and create a new one.

    Good luck! I know it is frustrating!
  13. You have to trouble shoot through windows facility, see the below steps:
    1. Right Click the Network icon
    2. Select "Network and Sharing Center
    3. You will get a window > Under > Change your network settings > Click on "Troubleshoot problems"
    4. See Network > Click on "Network Adapter" > You will navigate to a popup window > click on next > select "All network adapters" or select specific adapter based on your requirement. > Click on "Next" > Close - here you can view the details of fixes also.

    *This worked for me perfectly, before this I done so many things unnecessarily and above solution worked for me.
    My Prob was:
    Able to ping and connect via RDP, but not able to access any of the shared folder in my LAN.
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