I’m currently having issues running a home network with a Windows 8.1 PC as the central file server. The client PCs (there are 3) are each running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7.
Went through the setup process just fine, put every PC on the same WORKGROUP (not HOMEGROUP because of XP and Vista), created local user accounts for each PC and they all actually connect fine when I’m accessing the Public folders on the 8.1 machine (Public documents, Public Videos, etc), even though the user accounts and PC names don’t strictly match. So each PC can see the server on the network (and each other). But when I try to share a another folder of my choice (like a folder on the Storage Space drive), only the Windows 7 PC still works.
Only by turning password protected sharing off, and setting security/sharing permissions to EVERYONE can I get the XP machine to connect, but not the Vista one! It’s driving me insane trying to figure this out. If anyone has any tips or tricks for getting this to work, that’d be amazing. Or at the very least, does anyone know how to reset my networking connection/sharing settings on XP/Vista so I can at least start again?