Windows Vista Sharing

The other day, I was trying to get a Windows XP workstation to connect to a Windows Vista share.  Normally, it is straightforward and easy to do.  The connecting computer opens up window explorer types in backslash, backslash and then the computer name.  The user then will be prompted for the username and password for the target computer.  For some reason, on the connecting machine, the user profile was corrupt and was sending invalid login information or guest account information, not allowing the computer to access that resource.  A windows alert message would pop up and say “\\computername is not accessible.  You might not have permission to use this network resource.  Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Logon failure: account currently disabled.”  Rather than create a new system profile and lose a lot of settings and customizations, I went to the sharing Vista workstation and followed these steps. 

First, I went into the Network and Sharing Center and went down to Sharing and Discovery and made sure file sharing was turned on and then turned off password protected sharing then clicked apply.  The next step I took which is a little more complex was go to the folder that I wanted shared and right clicked and selected “Share…”  A window popped up with the title “choose people to share with” I added the guest account and everybody in the window.  The last step I took was change the drop down permissions for both to co-owner from reader.  The other option that could have been selected was contributor.  The reader permission level is somewhat self explanatory, users and groups with the reader permission level can only read files in the share.  The difference between users and groups with co-owner permission level and the contributor permission level is that co-owner permission allows any file to be modified, or deleted whereas the contributor permission only allows files they have created or added to be deleted or modified.