The error message “Windows Can’t Access \\ Computer Name” is like that annoying network ghost haunting us all. It’s a head-scratcher linked mostly to Local Area Connection hiccups. This glitch pops up for reasons like skimpy network permissions, wonky network drivers, messed-up TCP/IP NetBIOS settings, and a bunch of other gremlins.
This is what error looks like on your screen:
Windows cannot access \\ XYZ Computer Name
You do not have permission to access \\ XYZ Computer Name Contact your network administrator to request access.
This drama usually kicks off right after you’ve created a new LAN connection in your network. You’re all pumped up, ready to dive into shared folders on other computers, but bam! The universe throws this error curveball. And it’s not just folders; it’s like the network is playing hide and seek with your files or even the whole shared drive.
Now, here’s the kicker – figuring out what’s causing this mess and how to fix it is like finding a needle in a haystack blindfolded. This error doesn’t stop at blocking folder access; it spreads its chaos to all kinds of network files, turning troubleshooting into a cryptic puzzle. Spotting the real issue and nailing down a solution becomes this epic quest in tackling this network riddle.
So, Let’s See How to Troubleshoot This Network Error
This gremlin doesn’t play favorites when it comes to Windows versions. Whether you’re rocking the shiny new Windows 11 or cruising with the classic Windows 7, the “Access Denied Network Error” can crash the party. It’s like the bouncer at the network club has some serious permission issues.
So, why does this error show up uninvited? Well, most of the time, it’s the network permissions throwing a tantrum. But hold on, there’s more to this drama. Here’s a rundown of suspects who might be guilty of causing this error to pop up on your computer screen:
- Incorrect LAN Connection Configuration: It’s like plugging the wrong cable into the wrong socket. Things just don’t connect the way they should.
- Inaccurate LAN Sharing Settings: Sharing is caring, but if your settings are off, it’s more like a one-way street with a “Do Not Enter” sign.
- Incorrect Drive or Folder Security Settings: Your drive and folders might be feeling a bit insecure. Time to boost their confidence with the right security settings.
- Unconfigured TCP/IP NetBIOS Setting: It’s like the network language is getting lost in translation. Someone needs to tune in the settings.
- Issues with UAC Remote Restrictions: The User Account Control (UAC) might be playing hard to get. It’s time to check if it’s causing remote restrictions.
- Corruption in Network Driver: Your network driver might be having a bad day. A little corruption can go a long way in causing this hiccup.
So, there you have it – a lineup of potential troublemakers. Now, the challenge is figuring out which one is causing the network drama on your computer.
Solution #1: Checking LAN Cable
So, you’ve just birthed a LAN connection into existence, and suddenly, bam! The “Access Denied Network Error” decides to gate-crash your tech party. Before you start panicking, let’s take a stroll down the cable lane. First things first, check your cable connections. Make sure you’ve played matchmaker right and hooked up the right cable to the right gadget. Mixing them up is like sending a love letter to the wrong address—things just won’t connect, and you’re left in the lurch with a tech headache.
Now, let’s talk cables. Not all heroes wear capes; some come in the form of RJ45 cables. Understanding the cosmic difference between crossover RJ45 cables and straight RJ45 cables is key to unraveling connectivity mysteries.
When you’re playing matchmaker between different devices, like a modem and computer or a router and computer, the straight Ethernet cable is your go-to wingman. But, hold on! When you’re connecting similar devices, like router to router, computer to computer, or hub to hub, it’s time for the crossover cable to shine. Why? Well, these cables have some secret wiring mojo that lets similar devices chat it up directly, compensating for their unique data chit-chat style.
So, in the quest to conquer the “Access Denied Network Error”, take a breather, reevaluate, and maybe do a little cable untangling dance. Odds are, straightening out those cables configuration might just be the magic potion your network needs for a glitch-free existence.
Got a spare straight cable lying around? Well, you can make it work like a crossover cable with a cool converter adapter! This nifty gadget transforms your regular cable into a crossover one, so you can hook up similar devices without a hitch.
Solution #2: Fixing Network Sharing Configuration
The next step is like diving into the mysterious realm of ‘Network Sharing Configuration’. First off, double-check them snazzy IP Address settings on all the PCs hooked up to your network. We’re talking about making sure there’s no showdown of conflicting IP addresses. You know, like when two computers decide to throw a party with the same IP address – big no-no!
Now, watch out if the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) IP setting is set to “Obtain the IP Address Automatically”. That’s a mouthful, huh? You better manually give unique IP addresses to each connected PC to avoid any mess-ups.
To tinker with these settings, take a stroll to the ‘Network and Sharing Center’. Then, hit up the “Change Adapter Settings” in the left sidebar. Right-click on your network adaptor, hit up “Properties”, and slide into the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”. Click on that “Properties” button to adjust the settings like a tech maestro.
Now, slide on over to the “Change advanced sharing settings” option in the Network and Sharing Center. Grab it from the sidebar, you know, that thing on the left. This step spills the beans and lets you play around with your computer’s network-sharing setups.
Then, make sure everything is configured as listed below:
- Turn on network discovery.
- Turn on file and printer sharing.
- Allow windows to manage homegroup connection (recommended).
- Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders.
- Use 128-bit encryption to help protect files sharing connections (recommended).
- Turn off password protected sharing.
Make sure these changes happen for all network types—Private, Guest, and All Networks.
Alright, after the mystical journey into the Network and Sharing Center, now it’s time to ensure all your shared PCs are on the same network Workgroup. It’s like making sure everyone’s speaking the same network language. Moreover, consider opting for a distinctive name instead of simply using “WORKGROUP” as the workgroup identifier.
So, pop into your ‘Computer properties’ – think of it as the ID card of your computer. Look for the “Change setting” button under the “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings”. Click on it, and then hit “Change…” – it’s like entering the secret passage to the backstage of your computer’s identity.
Alright, for the next step. Click on the “Network ID” within that same pop-up window. Then just follow the instructions laid out in the picture below:
For a comprehensive and detailed guide on configuring IP and sharing settings, refer to our article titled “Setup Two or More Computers via LAN for File Sharing in Windows“. This resource provides step-by-step instructions and valuable insights to assist you in effectively establishing file-sharing capabilities between two or more computers on your local network.
Solution #3: Fixing Drive or Folder Security Setting
Alright, so here’s the deal – a lot of folks mess up when it comes to dealing with network headaches. They forget about the security settings—you know, the VIP section, where you decide who gets in and who’s left out. Ignoring this can mess up your network vibes, and around 80% you guys facing these issues can fix them by just tweakingsome changes in the security settings.
Now, if this glitch is haunting all your network drives, files, and folders, you have to hand out permissions to everyone, one by one. Follow the steps I lay out for each spot to make sure your whole network is on the same page. Pro tip: If all your shareable stuff hangs out in a single local drive, then just give permission to that single drive, and bam! Your other devices can access all the files and folders stored on that local drive. Easy, right?
Just follow the steps listed below:
Step 1 – Give Sharing Permission to Everyone: So, first things first – give that drive, file, or folder a right-click and from the fancy pops up menu, hit ‘Properties’. Now, inside the properties window, slide over to the “Sharing” tab, and click on the “Advanced Sharing …” button. Make sure to check the box that says “Share this folder”. Then, slide on over to the “Permission” button, where you’ll play Santa and gift the “Everyone” user with some “Full Control” love. Just tick that checkbox, and you’re in business!
Step 2 – Add “Everyone” Username in Security Tab: Alright, it’s time to add that new username, “Everyone”, the one you just made the big boss with full control, into the Security Tab of your file, folder, or drive’s properties. This move ensures everyone on your LAN gets the green light to access it.
Go back to that properties window, find the Security Tab, and hit the “Edit” button. Another window pops up – stay with me. Click on “Add…” and in the next pop-up, hit “Advanced …”. Now, in the fourth pop-up, hit “Find Now” and your computer will roll out the red carpet, showing off all the usernames in the joint. Hunt down “Everyone” in the mix, give it a little click, and hit “OK” to seal the deal.
After that, another “OK” is in order, wrapping up the whole shebang. Now, you’ll spot the new kid on the block, “Everyone”, proudly hanging out under the “Group or user names” settings box.
Step 3 – Allowing Permission to the Username “Everyone”: So, you’ve successfully added the “Everyone” username in the Security Tab – high five! Now, let’s take the next stride, a crucial one at that. Navigate to the Security Tab, hunt down the “Everyone” username, and give it a solid click. Once you’re there, make absolutely sure that the “Full control” box is ticked, and then hit that magic “Apply” button.
Boom! Post this, brace yourself for the grand entrance of the “Windows Security” pop-up. It’s like the VIP access to your files – granting permission in style. And remember, no impulsive clicks on the cancel button during this spectacle. Let the system do its dance, applying these settings to all files in the shared drive or folder.
Solution #4: Configure TCP/IP NetBIOS Setting
Let’s dive into the mind-blowing world of ‘TCP/IP NetBIOS’, or as the cool kids call it, “NetBT”. This bad boy is like the rockstar of network protocols, chilling in the session layer of the OSI model. It’s the VIP pass for apps on different computers to gossip and share stuff over a local area network (LAN).
So, why should you care about NetBT? Well, it’s the ultimate wingman for sharing files, printers, and logging onto the network. But here’s the deal – if you don’t set up NetBT right, some functions might ghost you. And if you straight-up ghost the NetBT service, anything relying on it will throw a tantrum and refuse to start.
Making sure ‘NetBIOS over TCP/IP’ is flexing its muscles on every computer in your network is key. It’s like the secret sauce for smooth communication and sharing resources. Now, let’s crack the code on this:
- First off, hit up the Windows Services party by searching “services.msc” in the Start Menu. This is where you manage your Windows services like a boss.
- Find a dude called “TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper” in the Services shindig. Double-click on him, go to the General tab, and pimp up the “Startup type setting” to ‘Automatic’.
- Once you’ve aced the services setup, slide over to your Network Adapter’s setting.
- Now again, pop into the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” properties. Click “Advanced…” like you’re entering a secret club, then hit up the “WINS” tab.
- In the WINS tab, pick “Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP” as your main squeeze.
Boom! Follow these mind-bending steps, and you’re not just configuring but also activating the NetBIOS over TCP/IP service on your networked computers.
Solution #5: Disable UAC Remote Restrictions
We’ve got our eyes on protecting the VIPs – users hanging with the local Administrators group. How? Enter User Account Control (UAC), our knight in shining armor. It’s the ultimate defender, blocking loopback attacks and putting a lockdown on local malicious software trying to flex its muscles remotely with admin privileges.
But, hold up – there’s a plot twist. Enabling UAC restrictions can throw some hurdles for our users trying to have fun with shared files on the network. In a basic low-level Local Area Network (LAN) setup, where the risk of super-fancy security threats is kind of low, the iron grip of UAC might feel like overkill. It’s like bringing a tank to a water gun fight.
If you’re feeling rebellious and want to kick UAC remote restrictions to the curb, follow this guide:
- Click on the Start menu, then select Run. Type “regedit” and press ENTER.
- Navigate to the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
- If the registry entry “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” is not present, follow these additional steps:a. On the Edit menu, hover over New, then choose DWORD Value.
b. Type “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and press ENTER.
c. Right-click on “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and select Modify.
- In the Value data box, type “1” and click OK.
- Close the Registry Editor.
Congratulations! You’ve just disabled UAC remote restrictions.
Solution #6: Clean RDP Client’s License Cache
Picture this: You’ve got an uninvited guest knocking on your Terminal Server’s door. The server, being a gracious host, hands out a temporary Terminal Server Client Access License (CAL) token—it’s like a backstage pass for the unlicensed party crasher.
Now, the user waltzes into the session, and the Terminal Server makes a hotline call to the License Server. It’s the digital bouncer checking if that temporary pass is the real deal. The License Server nods approvingly, validating the temporary CAL token – green light for the party.
But wait, there’s more! The next time our unlicensed buddy tries to sneak in, the Terminal Server is on high alert. It’s not satisfied with just a temporary pass this time. Oh no, it’s aiming for the full VIP experience. Another call to the License Server, an upgrade attempt from a temporary CAL token to a full Terminal Server CAL token – it’s the official membership card for the long-haul stay.
And If that stored license token decides to throw a tantrum, brace yourself for some network drama. You might find yourself face-to-face with the dreaded “Windows Cannot Access \ Shared Drive” error on your computer.
So, let’s see how to clean the RDP client’s old license cache:
- Upon opening the registry editor, navigate to the location “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSLicensing” in the database.
- Expand the ‘MSLicensing’ folder, and proceed to delete both the “HardwareID” and “Store” sub-folders found under this expansion. It is important to note that you should only delete the specified sub-folders and refrain from removing the entire ‘MSLicensing’ folder to avoid unintended consequences.
Solution #7: Update Network Card Drivers
Feeling stuck in the never-ending maze of network problems? If your troubleshooting escapades are hitting dead-ends, it’s time to turn your attention to the unsung heroes of your digital world—Network Drivers. These are the behind-the-scenes maestros that make sure your operating system and network hardware speak the same language.
But here’s the plot twist – if these drivers are living in the past (we’re talking outdated or incompatible), they can wreak havoc on your network symphony. Think connectivity nightmares, sluggish performance, and worst-case scenario, total network meltdowns.
So, here’s the game plan: march over to your windows device manager, the commander-in-chief of your hardware army. Find the network adapter— it’s the unsung hero we’re looking to upgrade. Check for available updates like you’re on a treasure hunt, and when you strike gold, download the latest and greatest version straight from the manufacturer’s website.
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