Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Disable Network Password in Windows 7 when Accessing Previous Version of Windows

Sometimes this situation can happen if you have Windows 7 or windows Vista and windows XP. That Windows 7 and Windows Vista can connect the other on that computer, but some other days it keeps asking for the Network password. If you have experienced these kind of errors, please read below.

Make sure, In the network settings the network detection is on, the folder and printer sharing is on, public folder sharing is on, ask password for sharing id off.

Since the issue occurs when you access other computers from Windows 7, we may need to check the settings on the other computers:

1. What is the version of the Windows XP computer. If it is Windows XP Professional, if the Guest account and Simple File Sharing is enabled.
2. If “Password protected sharing” is disabled in Windows Vista.
3. If the issue occurs when you access a specified shared folder.

The best way to resolve such issues is disabling “Simple File Sharing” in Windows XP (Professional), enabling “Password protected sharing” in Windows Vista and Windows 7, and creating the same username\password on each computers. If Windows XP is Home Edition, you can enable Guest on it.

Another way is enabling “Simple File Sharing” and Guest account in Windows XP (Professional), disabling “Password protected sharing” in Windows Vista and Windows 7, then give the permission to the Guest account for the shared folders.

If nothing really works, please be sure that you use the same workgroup name for all of the computers on your network which is also emphasized on Networking home computers running different versions of Windows.

Please try Safe Mode with networking to check the issue.

  • Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple Operating Systems, you can press the F8 key when you see the boot menu.
  • When the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, select Safe Mode with networking, and then press Enter.
  • Log onto the default administrator account or any user account with the administrator privileges.

In Safe Mode with networking, your system display and desktop will look and perform differently than in Normal Mode. This is only temporary. To go back to Normal Mode, we just need to restart the computer.

If after keeping pressing F8, nothing happens. It is because the settings have been changed by the computer manufacturer. Please refer to the user manual or contact the computer manufacturer for the information how to enter Safe Mode with networking.

If the issue persists, let’s first troubleshoot the issue between Windows XP and Windows 7 to avoid any confusion, please take the following steps on your XP machine.

  • Go to Start –> Run –> compmgmt.msc
  • From the left hand pane, select Local Users And Groups –> Users
  • In the right hand pane, right click Guest and go to properties.
  • Check “Account is disabled” option.


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