Windows 7 - Can I have complete access of a network PC?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by TylerDK, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. TylerDK

    TylerDK MDL Novice

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    I have 2 systems running Windows 7, a file server PC in the loft and a Acer Revo net top in the lounge.

    I would like to gain complete access to all the files on the file server from the Revo. I want to be able to read and write any files whenever and wherever I want!

    How do I do this?

    Thanks

    TD
     
  2. TylerDK

    TylerDK MDL Novice

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    Thanks very much for the fast response, but I am not after a remote desktop. I just want to be able to use the drives on the file server as if they were attached to the net top.
     
  3. TedWilliams

    TedWilliams MDL Novice

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    MY Home Network Setup

    Go to -

    Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings

    Network Discovery--------------------- Turn On
    File and Print Sharing ----------------- Turn On
    Public Folder Sharing------------------ Turn On
    Media Streaming-------------------------Enable
    File Share connection------------------- Use 128 bit
    Password protected Sharing----------- Turn Off
    HomeGroup connection ---------------- Allow Windows
    Then
    Restart computer 2 or 3 times
     
  4. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Use administrative shares $, no need for the other nonsense sharing

    sebus
     
  5. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    admin shares don't exist on anything that is no Pro,Ent, or Ultimate. If you can't join it to a domain then it doesn't have admin shares.
     
  6. TylerDK

    TylerDK MDL Novice

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    I am running Win 7 Ultimate, how do I use administrative shares?
     
  7. Mr Jinje

    Mr Jinje MDL Expert

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    Assuming that your google for "windows administrative shares" is broken, :evil2: you do it like this

    \\PC1\C$
    \\PC1\D$

    \\PC2\C$
    \\PC2\D$

    Adjust script as needed to fit your computer names and drive letters
     
  8. Animeniac

    Animeniac MDL Novice

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    #9 Animeniac, Jan 18, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
    If you're looking for a simple script to automatically set the drive upon login you can use this. Copy it into notepad, save as a .vbs file, and place it in your startup folder.

    Code:
    Dim objNetwork, objDrives
    Dim strDriveLetter1, strDriveLetter2, strDriveLetter3, strDriveLetter4
    Dim strRemotePath1, strRemotePath2, strRemotePath3, strRemotePath4
    
    '-------------
    Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
    set objDrives = objNetwork.EnumNetworkDrives()
    
    'Edit these to suit your needs
    '-------------
    strDriveLetter1 = "O:"
    strDriveLetter2 = "P:"
    strDriveLetter3 = "Q:"
    strDriveLetter4 = "R:"
    strRemotePath1 = "\\127.0.0.1\c$"
    strRemotePath2 = "\\server ip\Share2"
    strRemotePath3 = "\\server ip\Share3"
    strRemotePath4 = "\\server ip\Share4"
    
    '-------------
    on error resume next
    
    For n = 0 to objDrives.Count -1 Step 2
       objNetwork.RemoveNetworkDrive objDrives.Item(n), True, True
       If Err.Number <> 0 Then
          Err.Number = 0
       Else
          sMessage = sMessage & objDrives.Item(n) & ", "
       End If
    Next
    
    On Error Goto 0
    '-------------
    
    'Remove the ticks to enable the shares
    '-------------
    objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive strDriveLetter1, strRemotePath1
    'objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive strDriveLetter2, strRemotePath2
    'objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive strDriveLetter3, strRemotePath3
    'objNetwork.MapNetworkDrive strDriveLetter4, strRemotePath4
    
    Remember to customize the shares and remove the ticks from the ones you want to enable (at the bottom). An example would be "\\192.168.1.2\c$" for an administrative share.
     
  9. -HITMAN-

    -HITMAN- MDL Junior Member

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    #10 -HITMAN-, Jan 19, 2010
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2010
    The easy option is to use HOMEGROUP and set the generated password on both computers, then on the loft server just right click the drive you want to share, select properties\sharing and enable it to be shared for read/write access.

    When you open my computer on your lounge computer, look in the left pane you should see homegroup and your server computer will be listed, select it and the drives you have enabled shares on will appear in the main window.

    It's also good to use RDP because then you can fully access and configure your server without going in the loft for transfering files and enabling more shares remotely.

    Remember to reboot both machines,when you have configured Homegroup settings.