I've just recently started using windows 7 after having xp since around when it came out. I connected to the workgroup, and noticed that there is a 'share with...' ability. I was very impressed with this, as I've been trying to share some things with my girlfriend but not not the other person we live with, but be able to share printers and movies and stuff with everyone.
However, no other computers are showing up in the 'share with...' drop down menu. I tried typing the computer name, and also the user name (I wasn't sure which one it was meant to be), but it says it's not found. The weird thing is that I can see all computers on the network and access shared files and folders.
If I choose 'everybody' in the same drop down menu, my files are accessible on all computers. Two of the computers on the network (including mine) have no user account password. The other two have a password. I'm the only one running windows 7. The other three are on xp sp3.
After a lot of googling, I see that problems with networking on windows 7 are common, but I only found one reference to a similar problem on a forum somewhere. The problem was not resolved for the person.
I am really new to windows 7, so I could easily be missing something basic. I tried turning on guest account, and then tried making an account with the same name as one on another computer. Neither helped (not that I expected it to).
I'm hoping someone can suggest what I need to do. I'm confused by the fact that I can see other computers and share with them, but they're not showing up in the 'share with...' menu. My computer is showing up, and my user account, my guest account when I have it turned on, and two 'unknown contacts' (can't figure out what they are, but they're not any of the other computers).
I don't think I set up a homegroup, but I can choose "share with homegroup", and it shows up on the workgroup. Still not really understanding what the difference between workgroup and homegroup is, but I figured the homegroup wouldn't work with the xp machines.
I used this
fix to give full control, but I don't think that should have interfered. That is the only thing I've done apart from installing basic programs and drivers.
Thanks in advance for your help.