First of all, sorry for my bad English, as it isn't my primary language.

I have a home network with my Ubuntu box, a Windows XP box (sister's laptop) and a Windows 7 box (mother's PC). Never had a mixed network; with some effort I could install Samba and see the PCs (and be seen for them).

All Windows PCs can access Ubuntu, create and delete files and folders in the shared folders like a charm, and I can do the same with the Windows XP PC. From Ubuntu to Windows 7, however, I can't; a window requesting credentials appears, but there's nothing password-protected accounts in Windows 7. There's just one user account on that computer, without password.

How can I access this computer?

  • What Windows 7 are you using? Remember that Windows Starter Edition does not allow sharing!
    – user117312
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 21:51
  • Hopefully isn't WSE. It's a Windows Professional. Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 12:51

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You might need to check that "Turn off password protected sharing" is selected under Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Network and Sharing Center.

You may also be able to give access to a Guest account on the Windows 7 box for the folders you want to share, and then from Ubuntu just enter the log-in name as Guest.

  • I have connected to Windows on password-protected share... Are you sure this is the problem?
    – NoBugs
    Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 3:27

If you want to access the Windows 7 computer without a password?

I suggest you disable "Password protected sharing" on the Windows 7 computer, and then specially allow Guest account to access the shared components.

To turn off Password Protected Sharing:

  1. Click Start, enter "Network and Sharing Center" in the Start Search box .
  2. Click "Change advanced sharing settings" in the left pane.
  3. Make sure that "Password protected sharing" is turned off.
  • Works like a charm! Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 10:49

I recommend for you to add a simple password in you Windows 7 system, a simple one just for you access the network in that case you can ask the system, both Ubuntu and XP, to memorize the password. I had the same problem; it's work very well for me.


Make sure you add a user on the Windows 7 machine for the username on the Ubuntu machine. For example, if you want to connect to the Windows machine as "Fred" you need to add a "Fred" user to the Windows machine to assign permissions in Windows 7.

  • It's exactly what I do not want to do. I access the other Windows (XP) computer without having to create an user especifically to this; must have a way to do this with Windows 7. Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 10:10
  • Windows 7 has very different security features than XP.
    – David Good
    Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 2:45
  • And yet uses the same network infrastructure. Besides, turning off password protected sharing resolved my question. Thank you to share your time, sincerely. Commented Jan 3, 2013 at 13:05

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