Windows 7 File Server

Boy, this is weird..

I just built a new desktop PC for my personal workstation.

Windows 7 Ultimate for the OS and now I find out it won’t share files with XP computers…


My old workstation ran Windows XP Pro and faithfully served up files for my shop network for many years. Never once balking at sharing with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Windows 7 and 8 and even with an occasional (Ubuntu) Linux machine or Mac. Well I worked around the problem for the last couple weeks but them last night it got the best of me. I was angry!!  grrrrr

When I get mad, IT GET’S FIXED !!!

Yup that’s right, I “Googled” it..


You’re gonna love this, Windows 7 is NOT a file server OS. I guess I should have spent another $800 and purchased Windows Server 2008 or 2012 to do this simple task, after all that must be how Microsoft sees it.

It took me an hour of digging on the net but thankfully there are folks out there that are a lot smarter than I am, and I am very grateful they have chosen to share their wisdom.

The fix was a couple quick changes to the computers registry and a reboot.
Now I’m Happy! Windows 7 is sharing nicely. I think I’ll keep it around for a while. 🙂