I read and followed easy install instructions for sharing files with Ubuntu.

I have three computers, Windows 7 64-bit home premium, Windows Vista and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

My problem is that I cant access Ubuntu. When I open Explorer, go to Network, I can see all three computers but as soon as I click on Ubuntu box appears. It says :

Windows cannot access \ ( my computer name here ) ...

What should I do ?

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    Did you install SAMBA on your Ubuntu box? – Jan Aug 24 '14 at 16:53
  • You may need to reboot the Ubuntu machine. You may also try the sudo net usershare list command to list the defined shares. – mikewhatever Aug 24 '14 at 17:29
  • Thanks. I tried it but didnt work. – John Wayne Aug 25 '14 at 13:03
  • See askubuntu.com/questions/310180/… – user68186 Aug 25 '14 at 13:39

probably you don't have any user configured in smb.conf and/or your workgroup is not defined correctly.

  1. Edit smb.conf with gedit or nano

    sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

  2. Edit or Add workgroup, in Windows as default is: WORKGROUP

    workgroup = WORKGROUP

  3. Check if are directories to share declared in smb.conf

find a structure like this:

 comment = comment
 path = /home/public
 public = yes
 writable = no
  1. Add user to SMB via shell after create an Ubuntu user without privileges and with your_user name.

    sudo smbpasswd -a your_user

Then, enter password or hit Enter to create the user without password.

Hope this can help you.

  • Thanks for your help. I tried all your tips but I still have the same problem. "Windows cannot access \\..." – John Wayne Aug 25 '14 at 13:04
  • Sorry I forget that you need create the user in Ubuntu after ` sudo smbpasswd -a your_user` The user and password must be the same in Ubuntu and Samba. Try this and let me know. – makgyverzx Aug 25 '14 at 13:35
  • I dont know so much about these things. Can you tell me how to create user in ubuntu ? – John Wayne Aug 25 '14 at 14:36
  • Sure sudo adduser desired_username and ask questions about Real Name and password – makgyverzx Aug 25 '14 at 14:39
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    Guys, I installed ubuntu again and followed your instructions. Now its working. Thanks for everyone 👍 – John Wayne Aug 26 '14 at 15:53

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