Solved Network between Windows 7 and Window 11 (win7 not showing as Computer in win11)


tecknot

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I have a three ring circus consisting of: 1 Windows 7 w450 laptop; 1 Windows 10 22H2 laptop; and 1 Windows 11 23H2 Surface Pro 9. I have set them up on a wireless network with the following sharing options:
  • Win 7 - Home or Work, on network discovery, on file and printer sharing, Public, off public folder sharing, Media streaming is on, File sharing connections, use 128-bit encryption, Password protected sharing off, HomeGroup connections, Use user accounts; Public, network discovery off, file and printer sharing off, Public folder sharing off, media streaming off, File sharing connections use 128-bit encryption, Password protected sharing off.
  • Win 10 - Private, On network discovery and automatic setup of network connected devices; Public, off network discovery and off printer and file sharing; All networks, off Public sharing, off media streaming, 128-bit encryption, off password protected sharing.
  • Win 11 - Private, network discovery on; file and printer sharing on; Public networks, network discovery off, file and printer sharing off; All networks, public folder sharing off, file sharing connections 128-bit encryption and password protected sharing off.
Problem is that the Windows 7 laptop is not seen by the Windows 11 Surface, but does see it as a media device (no file sharing). Also the Surface (Windows 11) sees the Windows 10 laptop but cannot find it when attempting to share a folder/file and vice versa.

Further, I have tried Denis' instructions here, but am stuck at Step 6. When I try to share a folder or file from the Windows 10 laptop, I get, "Windows was unable to find Georgie," (Georgie is the Windows 11 Surface) and vice versa.

Can anyone help me through the process of sharing on a network? I am a novice at networking.

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards,

tecknot
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Dual boot Windows 10 Pro 22H2 (b 19045.4529) & Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (b 22631.3737)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Workstation P72
    CPU
    Intel i7 8750H @ 2.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 01YU291
    Memory
    16 GB (all Samsung) DDR4-3200 SODIMM (non-ECC) PCIe 3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630 & NVIDIA Quadro P600
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC3286
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD Samsung 860 EVO SATA 3
    1TB SSD Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe PCIe 3 x 4
    1TB SSD Samsung 980 M.2 NVMe PCIe 3 x 4
    PSU
    230W
    Keyboard
    UltraNav
    Mouse
    Kensington wireless Orbit
    Internet Speed
    640Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    CM246 Chipset
Hello everyone,

Never mind. I figured it out.

Kind regards,

tecknot
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Dual boot Windows 10 Pro 22H2 (b 19045.4529) & Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (b 22631.3737)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Workstation P72
    CPU
    Intel i7 8750H @ 2.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 01YU291
    Memory
    16 GB (all Samsung) DDR4-3200 SODIMM (non-ECC) PCIe 3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630 & NVIDIA Quadro P600
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC3286
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD Samsung 860 EVO SATA 3
    1TB SSD Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe PCIe 3 x 4
    1TB SSD Samsung 980 M.2 NVMe PCIe 3 x 4
    PSU
    230W
    Keyboard
    UltraNav
    Mouse
    Kensington wireless Orbit
    Internet Speed
    640Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    CM246 Chipset
Hello everyone,

Never mind. I figured it out.

Kind regards,

tecknot
Good to hear. Your original question might show up in somebody's Google (or whatever's) search results.
Can you share your fix, @tecknot ?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Good to hear. Your original question might show up in somebody's Google (or whatever's) search results.
Can you share your fix, @tecknot ?
HI antspants,

Sure, it was trial and error. After trying to share a folder in the traditional manner, I went to a folder and did an advance share did a seek and find and then went to another level of advance share where I did another find and typed in the name of the Surface (this is from the Windows 7 laptop) and clicked OK. There was no confirmation, but only OKs or Cancels coming out of window options. Now there was a path with the Win 7 laptop and the Surface under Sharing (or something to that effect). I'm sorry I don't have any screenshot, I am replying with my Windows 10 laptop. Nonetheless, I went to the Surface and could see the path to the Windows 7 laptop and sure enough, I could access the desire folder. What a relief.

Kind regards,

tecknot
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Dual boot Windows 10 Pro 22H2 (b 19045.4529) & Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (b 22631.3737)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Workstation P72
    CPU
    Intel i7 8750H @ 2.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 01YU291
    Memory
    16 GB (all Samsung) DDR4-3200 SODIMM (non-ECC) PCIe 3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630 & NVIDIA Quadro P600
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC3286
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD Samsung 860 EVO SATA 3
    1TB SSD Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe PCIe 3 x 4
    1TB SSD Samsung 980 M.2 NVMe PCIe 3 x 4
    PSU
    230W
    Keyboard
    UltraNav
    Mouse
    Kensington wireless Orbit
    Internet Speed
    640Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    CM246 Chipset
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