[Samba] Samba on top of Windows?

Damien Dye damien.j.dye at googlemail.com
Fri May 7 03:23:39 MDT 2010

you turned off simple file sharing on the windows 7 host and enabled
windows file sharing on the windows firewall ?

Damien Dye BSC(hon)

On 5 May 2010 16:28, Public Mailing Lists <lists at lists.cichon.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just bought a brand new PC for my living room (Asus eee Box) that
> happens to come with Windows 7. I can nicely plug in large USB hard
> drives, any my intention was to share these harddrives on the network,
> for example with my old Windows 98 PC on which I still run some favorite
> computer games. And of course, I would also like to access the large
> harddrive occasionally from my linux box (e.g. to put backups on them).
> However, I had to learn that Windows 7 does not want to share my
> harddrive with the other computer on the network that are not Windows 7.
> All tried all different kinds of things: I switched off the "home
> group", I switched off various encryption/security settings in the
> control panel. I even changed some registry settings that I googled from
> the web. All without success. I spare you the technical details on this...
> I can't understand why it has to be so hard to just export a simple
> harddisk on the network. With every single version upgrade of Windows,
> it breaks. From Windows 95 to Windows 98. From Windows 98 to Windows XP.
> And now with Windows 7, again. IMHO, the purpose of networking is to
> COMMUNICATE with whichever protocol is out there.
> I don't want to deal with neither Windows domain controllers, nor home
> groups, nor roaming profiles, nor encryption requirements, nor anything
> that Windows will come up with in the next release that breaks
> everything else. I would like just export a hard disk with a user-name
> and a password and use it with everything from Windows 3.1 to my Linux
> box without getting a headache.
> So, my question is:
> Is it possible to run Samba on top of Windows?
> Thanks for your help in advance.
> Cheers,
> G.
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