Are you using the same account names and passwords on every computer? If not that might solve the problem or in Windows 7 turn off password protected sharing.
Carol, I currently have password protected sharing turned off, though I did try it with that on and created identical user accounts on each box, but to no avail - still wouldn’t allow access.
I think 40hz is correct in that I need to scrap it and start over... again. (Fifth or sixth time now).
40hz, all in that Microsoft article has been gone through with a fine tooth comb; my settings are correct. BTW, this is not with mixed versions. The two main machines are Windows 7, one Professional and one Home Premium, and they cannot access each other's files. Oh, and naturally Microsoft's only advice for Windows 7 to Windows 7 isw top use the HomeGroup, which I can't do, mainly because it sucks but also because I need to access more than the pittance you can dump into the HomeGroup's "public" share folders.
Why Microsoft must make networking such a monster is beyond me - other than the fact that they are just being dicks like always. All the permissions, LSA, and other shit they force on us is of no use whatsoever if you are networking your own damn computers! What, I'm protecting me from me? Why not have a setting where if you are using only your own computers in your own network in your own damn home, that setting up the network and sharing is simple like it was five years ago on XP and prior versions. I don’t need all the access control crap for myself. Ahh, why do I bother to complain?