Troubleshoot file and printer sharing

If you're trying to connect to another computer, make sure that computer is on, that you have enabled file and printer sharing on both computers, and that file and printer sharing can communicate through your firewall.

If that doesn't solve the problem, look for a specific problem in the following list.

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I can't connect to other computers on my home network, or I can't share files and printers with them.

This can happen for one of the following reasons:

  • The folder or printer you are trying to access has not been shared.

    File and printer sharing is a two-part process. First, you need to enable sharing as described below. Second, you need to set sharing properties on the item itself or move it to the Public folder so that other people can access it. For more information about file and printer sharing, go to File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista on the Microsoft website‌.

  • Network discovery is turned off.

    To turn on network discovery

    1. Odprite omrežno središče tako, da kliknete StartSlika gumba Start, kliknite Nadzorna plošča, nato Omrežje in internet in potem Omrežno središče.

    2. If network discovery is off, click the arrow button Picture of the arrow button to expand the section, click Turn on network discovery, and then click Apply. Zahtevana skrbniška dovoljenja Če računalnik od vas zahteva skrbniško geslo ali potrditev, vnesite geslo ali izvedite potrditev.
    To share files: Click the arrow button Picture of the arrow button to expand the File sharing section, click Turn on file sharing, and then click Apply. Zahtevana skrbniška dovoljenja Če računalnik od vas zahteva skrbniško geslo ali potrditev, vnesite geslo ali izvedite potrditev.
    To share files using the Public folder: Click the arrow button Picture of the arrow button to expand the Public folder sharing section, click either Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open files or Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open, change, and create files, and then click Apply. Zahtevana skrbniška dovoljenja Če računalnik od vas zahteva skrbniško geslo ali potrditev, vnesite geslo ali izvedite potrditev.
    To share a printer: Click the arrow button Picture of the arrow button to expand the Printer sharing section, click Turn on printer sharing, and then click Apply. Zahtevana skrbniška dovoljenja Če računalnik od vas zahteva skrbniško geslo ali potrditev, vnesite geslo ali izvedite potrditev.

    Do these steps on your computer and on any network computer running Windows Vista that you want to connect to.

    Note

    • Network discovery is off by default for Public networks. Changing a network location type to Private is another way to turn on network discovery. To learn how to change a network location type, see Choosing a network location.

  • Password protected sharing is enabled.

    Password protected sharing is on by default for computers on workgroups. When password protected sharing is enabled, people using other computers on your network can't access your shared folders or printers unless they have a user account on your computer. There are two ways to enable file or printer sharing:

    • Create identical user accounts on all computers on the workgroup (recommended). For more information, see Create a user account.

    • Turn off password protected sharing. To turn off password protected sharing, follow these steps:

    1. Odprite omrežno središče tako, da kliknete StartSlika gumba Start, kliknite Nadzorna plošča, nato Omrežje in internet in potem Omrežno središče.

    2. Under Sharing and Discovery, click the arrow button Picture of the arrow button next to Password protected sharing.
    3. Click Turn off password protected sharing, and then click Apply. Zahtevana skrbniška dovoljenja Če računalnik od vas zahteva skrbniško geslo ali potrditev, vnesite geslo ali izvedite potrditev.

    Note

    • Password protected sharing is not available on computers that are on a domain.

  • The computers are not in the same workgroup.

    For information about joining a workgroup, see Join or create a workgroup. Note that the default workgroup name in Windows Vista has been changed to WORKGROUP.

  • Your computer doesn't have the latest updates for your router.

    To make sure you have the latest updates, check with the router manufacturer.

I can't share the root of a drive.

To share the root of a drive, follow these steps:

  1. Odprite možnost »Računalnik« tako, da kliknete StartSlika gumba Start, nato pa kliknite Računalnik.

  2. Right-click the drive, and then click Share.

  3. In the drive properties dialog box, click Advanced Sharing. Zahtevana skrbniška dovoljenja Če računalnik od vas zahteva skrbniško geslo ali potrditev, vnesite geslo ali izvedite potrditev.

  4. In the Advanced Sharing dialog box, select the Share this folder check box, type a share name, and then click OK.

Notes

  • You cannot share the root of a drive with a dollar sign following the drive letter as in previous versions of Windows. For example, you cannot share the root of your C drive as "C$," but you can share it as "C" or any other name.

  • For security reasons, we recommend that you share only selected folders, rather than the entire drive.