I have a Windows 7 homegroup that allows me to access folders from my main PC, on my 2nd PC (also windows 7) and XBOX 360. I have a Vista PC that I would like to also access those same folders, but as I understand it, homegroup is exclusive to Windows 7. Can someone help me figure out how to get access to the folders on the windows 7 PC, from my vista PC? If possible I'd like to do it without getting rid of the homegroup... as everything is set up (with the other PC and 360) to work as it is.
You should still be able to use Windows Printer and File sharing. It is the old way.
You just have to ensure both systems are on the same "workgroup'
Then share whatever folder you need shared and ensure you have both the NTFS security tab and sharing properties set to allow the access(by users).
Back with XP, you could just setup the same username/password on both systems and gain access like nothing. But Vista/7/8 with UAC mean your logged in user does not match any more. I think with UAC off it works, but that features is in place for a reason.