Question Help. Can't access old Win7 PC from Win10.

Mugsy

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I booted up an old Win7 PC to replace an old backup PC that died. No login needed. Goes straight to the desktop. I reconnected it to the Internet over WiFi (ordinary WPA2 with AES) and it works just fine.

My Win10 tablet sees it on the network, but when I try to connect, it says my Username & Password are wrong. I wasn't sure what the old password was, so I changed it to something I know, and I obtained the "Account name" from the "User Accounts" app in the Control Panel, yet when I try to access it over the network, it still insists my "Username and Password are incorrect". :cautious:

How do I verify the network Username and Password on the old Win7 PC? (I can change it if necessary.)

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Mugsy

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Thanks for the reply, but the result was the same.

I added 32bit DWords for "SMB1" & "SMB2" (both set to "1" for Enabled) to the proper place in the Registry (as explained here), rebooted, and tried connecting again. No change.

Is there a Win7 program (or DOS command) that will display my Network username & password?

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I think you might have to redo the share on the win7 system for it to use the new username/password. Sharing on windows always was a pita when problems like this came up. :(

Can your win7 system connect to the tablet?
Thank you for the reply. Sorry for the late response.

I double-checked the chares on the Win7 PC. I set my D: data drive to "Share", but when I try to connect to the Win7 PC from my Win10 tablet, I get the following error message:



I noticed it says, "Blank passwords aren't allowed", but the Win7-PC doesn't have a password (allowing it to boot directly to the desktop.) I'm guessing the only way to access it over a netword is to add a password to the account?
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UPDATE: Okay, problem resolved. For anyone coming across this thread in the future.

The problem was indeed the lack of a password on the remote/Win7 PC. Because I knew it had no password, I assumed the problem was the "username", and kept trying different names without success, and could not tell when I had entered the correct one.

So, on a Win7 PC, the "Username" the network login is looking for is the name listed at the top of the Start menu (case sensitive). And unfortunately, you WILL have to add a new password in order to access it over the network (no more booting straight to the desktop.)

To create a password, open "User Accounts" (in the Control Panel) and you'll see an option to Create a password.

On your local PC, you might have to recreate the network connection if it's still looking for the remote computer under the wrong name.

(I suspect this same issue applies to a Win10 PC if it includes an account with no password... tricky but it can be done.)
 

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