Windows 7 successor?


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Antares 531

When will the next version of Windows likely be released? I'm still
trying to figure out whether or not it is worth the risk and trouble
to upgrade an older computer that is currently running Windows XP Pro
SP3. I use this old computer more or less as a back-up for my
genealogy and accounting files. That is, I have a new computer with
Windows 7 on it, and I transfer the critical files to this old
computer as a back-up means.

File sharing by means of a workgroup hasn't worked out for me. For
some reason I can't get the two computers to communicate with each
other by and through the ActionTec DSL gateway. Both computers connect
to the Internet through this gateway, but I must have some settings
wrong that keep them from sharing files. Maybe upgrading the old
computer to Windows 7 would resolve this set of problems. Or, maybe I
should wait until Windows 8 is available, then upgrade/update both
computers. Gordon
 
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K

Ken Blake

When will the next version of Windows likely be released?

Although you can find rumors, nobody knows for sure. I'd be very wary
of trusting any of the rumors.
 
C

Char Jackson

File sharing by means of a workgroup hasn't worked out for me. For
some reason I can't get the two computers to communicate with each
other by and through the ActionTec DSL gateway. Both computers connect
to the Internet through this gateway, but I must have some settings
wrong that keep them from sharing files. Maybe upgrading the old
computer to Windows 7 would resolve this set of problems. Or, maybe I
should wait until Windows 8 is available, then upgrade/update both
computers. Gordon
Assuming you followed the guide at the following link, exactly which
step failed for you and what was the exact behavior you saw or error
message you received?

<http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Networking-home-computers-running-different-versions-of-Windows>
 
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Antares 531

Assuming you followed the guide at the following link, exactly which
step failed for you and what was the exact behavior you saw or error
message you received?

<http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Networking-home-computers-running-different-versions-of-Windows>
Char, I printed out a copy of this site a few days ago and have gone
over the procedure several times. Each computer seems to have the
workgroup set up but I can't figure out how to access a given file or
folder on the other computer, no matter which computer I'm working on
at the moment.

Some files like the image files and video files seem to be set up and
usable between computers but my AutoCAD, Family Tree Maker, MS Office,
etc., work files are not visible from one computer to the other.

I'll keep studying the instructions and hope to figure out what I'm
overlooking. Gordon
 
B

Bogey Man

Antares 531 said:
Char, I printed out a copy of this site a few days ago and have gone
over the procedure several times. Each computer seems to have the
workgroup set up but I can't figure out how to access a given file or
folder on the other computer, no matter which computer I'm working on
at the moment.

Some files like the image files and video files seem to be set up and
usable between computers but my AutoCAD, Family Tree Maker, MS Office,
etc., work files are not visible from one computer to the other.

I'll keep studying the instructions and hope to figure out what I'm
overlooking. Gordon
If the computers "see" each other but cannot share files or only share in
one direction, the problem is most likely at the computer that doesn't allow
sharing. I had Win 7 and an XP machine that were at odds with each other and
usually, the Win 7 machine could get files from the XP machine but not the
other way around. I had to go into each file that I wanted to share on the
Win 7 machine to change the sharing options until I put the files into the
Public folder on the Win 7 machine and then all seemed to straighten
themselves out more easily.
 
Z

Zootal

If the computers "see" each other but cannot share files or only share
in one direction, the problem is most likely at the computer that
doesn't allow sharing. I had Win 7 and an XP machine that were at odds
with each other and usually, the Win 7 machine could get files from
the XP machine but not the other way around. I had to go into each
file that I wanted to share on the Win 7 machine to change the sharing
options until I put the files into the Public folder on the Win 7
machine and then all seemed to straighten themselves out more easily.
I got tired of the run-around, and created a fat32 partition for sharing
files. Problem solved. I did eventually get Win7 to share files on an ntfs
partition, but in the end it was quicker to just put the stuff to share on
fat32.
 
E

Ed Cryer

Antares 531 said:
When will the next version of Windows likely be released? I'm still
trying to figure out whether or not it is worth the risk and trouble
to upgrade an older computer that is currently running Windows XP Pro
SP3. I use this old computer more or less as a back-up for my
genealogy and accounting files. That is, I have a new computer with
Windows 7 on it, and I transfer the critical files to this old
computer as a back-up means.

File sharing by means of a workgroup hasn't worked out for me. For
some reason I can't get the two computers to communicate with each
other by and through the ActionTec DSL gateway. Both computers connect
to the Internet through this gateway, but I must have some settings
wrong that keep them from sharing files. Maybe upgrading the old
computer to Windows 7 would resolve this set of problems. Or, maybe I
should wait until Windows 8 is available, then upgrade/update both
computers. Gordon
I also have trouble networking W7 & XP.
However I've managed to get two crucial things working;
1. A shared folder between the two.
2. Access to the router (on the W7 machine) settings from the XP one.

and that is enough to get by with.

Ed
 
A

Airman Basic

I also have trouble networking W7 & XP.
However I've managed to get two crucial things working;
1. A shared folder between the two.
2. Access to the router (on the W7 machine) settings from the XP one.

and that is enough to get by with.

Ed
Solved my problem by adding "Everyone" as a user on my shared drives.
Don't know why that worked, but it did.
 
S

Steel

Solved my problem by adding "Everyone" as a user on my shared drives.
Don't know why that worked, but it did.
Win 7 is a NT based O/S. You should close the hacker hole 'Everyone
Group'. You should be using Authenticated User group on file shares.

<http://www.windowsecurity.com/whitepapers/Hardening_Windows_NT_Against_Attack.html>

<copied>

Replace the Everyone group with the Authenticated Users group on every
network share and common-use directory. The Everyone group allows even
unauthenticated users on the network to access resources with this
access control designation.

<end copy>

I remove the Everyone group off of everything and and user that needed
to access a machine share on my network has an account created on the
machine. That user account on a file share machine can be the same
account a user uses to login on their machine so they don't have to give
it when accessing the share.
 
S

Stephen Wolstenholme

Although you can find rumors, nobody knows for sure. I'd be very wary
of trusting any of the rumors.
I know for sure but I'm not into rumors

Steve
 
L

Lewis

I know for sure but I'm not into rumors
No one knows for sure, but Microsoft is targeting late 2011 for Windows
8. I doubt it will be out that soon. Mid 2012 seems more likely.
 
A

Andy

According to the contact i have at microsoft its late spring early summer of
2012 if all goes well it will be called windows 8 .
 
G

G. Morgan

Antares 531 said:
File sharing by means of a workgroup hasn't worked out for me. For
some reason I can't get the two computers to communicate with each
other by and through the ActionTec DSL gateway.

It's easy to do, the most common problem is this.....

Both machines need to have the same "workgroup" name to setup a local network
between XP and Win 7.

On both machines it's:

Start -> <rt click> "computer" -> Select "Properties" -> Select "advanced" ->
select "Computer Name" tab -> click "Change"
 
X

xfile

According to the contact i have at microsoft its late spring early summer
of 2012 if all goes well it will be called windows 8 .
I am not sure about the year, but they usually come out in 3rd or 4th
quarter for the yearend sales, except for Vista which had been reset.
 
K

Ken Blake

No one knows for sure, but Microsoft is targeting late 2011 for Windows
8. I doubt it will be out that soon. Mid 2012 seems more likely.

Right. As I said, nobody (not even those at Microsoft) knows for sure.
A target is one thing, but hitting the target is another. It depends
on how testing goes.

Moreover nobody knows for sure what its name will be. You call it
Windows 8, and it's possible that Microsoft may give it that name. But
it remains to be seen.
 
D

Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Ken said:
Right. As I said, nobody (not even those at Microsoft) knows for sure.
A target is one thing, but hitting the target is another. It depends
on how testing goes.

Moreover nobody knows for sure what its name will be. You call it
Windows 8, and it's possible that Microsoft may give it that name. But
it remains to be seen.
If they release it in 2012, maybe they should name it Armageddon. :)
 
J

Jeff Layman

According to the contact i have at microsoft its late spring early summer of
2012 if all goes well it will be called windows 8 .
I wonder if that will appear as Windows Version 6.2 in "About Windows"
dialog boxes. ;-)
 
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