I have three pcs, one desktop (Win XP Pro) connected directly to wireless router (Linksys WRT54G), one desktop (Win XP Pro) connected to network via Linksys Wireless "B" USB adapter, and a notebook (Win 2000 Pro) connected to network via Linksys "G" PC card. All pcs have a good internet connection and share my printers and files just fine with the exception below. I also run the Windows XP Pro firewall.
There are two "issues" that I would like to figure out:
1. In order to see the files on any pc I have to disable the windows firewall. Is there a way around this without compromising security?
2. Whenever I try to see a shared folder on the Win 2000 laptop, I am prompted for a password. There is not password assigned to that pc. It's in the same workgroup, folder is shared with full access. What am I missing?
The firewall is one that is not very friendly when it comes to configuring. You have to go into the configuration and decide which ports you want open and which ones you want closed. Since you have a router as your interface to the Internet it is not as much of a requirement. But if you feel better with it, you can get one of several third party ones that are free and will be much easier to configure. Zone Alarm and OutPost are two examples.
As for the share problem, the best way around that is to make whatever username and password that you are using on the XP machine an authorized user on the Win2K machine. It is the operating system's way of making sure that the share is right.
1. If you can, get Kerio Personal Firewall, a good firewall (actually its the only one I know which doesn't use that much resources). Your router normally has an integrated NAT firewall which is rather sufficient, but you can never be too careful these days...
2. Indeed, you need to create a password on the computer you're trying to access. Then when you will access it, just enter username and password. As mpkn3rd mentions, it is extra security.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I've been away for several days.
I think I've just made my situation worse. I have assigned a password to the Win 2000 notebook but ( this is the stupid part), I'm not sure of the username. I was distracted by the phone as I was setting it up and I recall that the user name was something like \\username\username or something like that . I thought just the "username" and the password I assigned (which I am sure of) would get me into the machine but now I can't logon.
What would be the normal setup of the username? Maybe I can piece it together? or failing that how can I bypass the login? I know that this is difficult with Win 2000 but unfortuately I'm stuck!
Any help would be appreciated.
It happens, there are a couple of methods to get into the computer,depending on if you initially set the administrator's password or not. First try the following steps. If that does not work then try the website and see if that works. If neither of these work, it is going to get a little more serious. You may not be able to restore the username/password you tried to make, but at least make one that will have administrator rights locally. The desktop will be different, but you will have to set that up again. I can help with that as well.
Turn off you computer.
* Turn it back on, and while it's booting up, keep hitting F8
* You'll get into a menu in DOS before WindowsXP has loaded
* Select "Safe Mode"
* Sign into Administrator (the default is no password, so just leave it blank)
* Go to Control Panel>User Accounts, and either 1.) change your access 2.) create a new user account with administrator abilites
* Change the administrator password to your liking
Thanks. I can login as administrator using my "new" password...whew. Now I just want to not have to log in at all. I've unchecked the box that says..."...requires all users to login with a password..." but it still prompts with the login window when it reboots.
There are three accounts....administrator, guest, and the username I'm concerned with. I don't want a login for either.
Not sure what you mean? The administrator account and guest have to be there, you cannot remove them. The guest account should be disabled any way. If you have your username and password account figured out all you have to do is add that to the other computers and then you will not be asked for them when you are trying to get into a shared folder.