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Noticed a week ago that my wife's windows 7 home premium laptop gets asked for a password, or permission is denied, when trying to access my windows 7 Pro desktop w/printer on my home wireless workgroup-network, but only when in her standard user account. She's pretty frustrated she can't print any of her stuff.

Works fine if I'm using laptop's Admin account, which makes me think it's permissions related.

The laptop, standard user, works fine to access my XP pro netbook, standard user, and the netbook can also access the desktop with no problem. I can print from the netbook also.

I've enabled sharing for all folders on the desktop for anyone on the planet as far as I can tell. I've got network and sharing center advanced sharing options set properly, and I've enabled printer sharing.

I temporarily disabled Norton smart firewall on both the laptop and desktop, but no luck.

This seemed simple, but has become a tough one. I've spent three days trying everything I can think of, but figure I'd ask here, because I've obviously missed something. I'm open to any suggestion.
Edited by denydog - 3/17/11 at 3:45pm
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This should work:
Program Files x86>Right Click>Properties>Security>Her Account>Edit>Full Control
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Originally Posted by charlie97;12719671 
This should work:
Program Files x86>Right Click>Properties>Security>Her Account>Edit>Full Control

He may not want her to have admin privileges for security purposes.
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He may not want her to have admin privileges for security purposes.

Thats his wife for god's sake
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Originally Posted by charlie97;12719752 
Thats his wife for god's sake

...and? Do you know his wife personally? (he may need to have a chat with you if that's the case). She may not be the brightest when it comes to computers.

I manage all my families' computers. None of them are admin accounts.
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The #1 reason for running as non-admin is to limit your exposure. When you are an admin, every program you run has unlimited access to your computer. If malicious or other “undesirable” code finds its way to one of those programs, it also gains unlimited access.

Source

Just do a google search, there are a plethora of reasons to avoid running as an admin.
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Yes, I started using admin accounts to limit both malicious, and user damage. I can't really even have her use the admin account temporarily unless I transferred all her email, files, etc.. over to it.

Would like to find what the real issue is with her privileges' or whatever. I'm thinking it must be something simple if it's a windows setting. I looked at the wireless router's settings, but they should be good anyway, because there were no problems a week or so ago, and nothing's been changed there.

Norton Security firewall rules are incomprehensible to me so I don't want to go there, but I haven't changed anything there either.

The last real change I remember making was upgrading windows 7 to SP1. I also downloaded and installed Lightscribe program, and new printer driver on the desktop a few weeks ago, but I've since used windows restore to undo those changes when I first noticed her problem.

edit: This is all the Windows Share Files Troubleshooter can tell me;

"File and print sharing resource **** is online but is not responding to connection attempts.

The remote computer isn't responding to connections on port 445, possibly due to firewall or security policy settings, or because it might be temporarily unavailable. Windows couldn't find any problems with the firewall on your computer."

I keep looking for some setting on my desktop computer to allow the same access for her standard account, that her admin account has. Why it's not blocking my netbook is the second clue.
Edited by denydog - 3/13/11 at 10:02pm
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After two more days of trying, my problem is solved!

On the way, I learned a lot more about my router, and even fixed a little device recognition anomaly, with a soft router reboot, but it didn't help my main problem. I also learned a lot more about networks than I knew before. I was starting to consider re-installing Windows on both computers, just out of total frustration.

So today in desparation, I disabled all printer and file sharing in the network sharing center on my desktop and laptop. Also on the desktop, I removed file sharing from individual folders and deleted the group "everyone" from most folders, including some folders on my root drive that I probably shouldn't have been sharing anyway. Then I added "everyone" back to just a select number of folders. Then re-enabled everything in the network and sharing center. I still kept getting a network password box when trying to access my desktop from my wife's laptop standard user account.

Finally in the network login box I just decided to type "everyone" and hit enter. Success!!!!

I don't know why this login box started appearing a week ago, but there was a line in it about expired credentials or something. Maybe after a certain period of time you need to re-enter login information, though I don't remember ever entering any info in the first place.

Connecting from the laptops Admin account never triggered the login box, maybe because it wasn't trying to connect through the "everyone" group. I don't really know, but it's frustrating to think that entering "everyone " in the user field was all I might have needed in the first place. I guess I'll never really know.

btw- In deleting the "everyone" share groups, I saw a couple groups, in a couple of places with convoluted windows file-like group names that I couldn't make sense of, so I deleted them also.
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