19 replies on How to Access Windows 7 Shared Folders from Ubuntu

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is written very well with a lot of details.
    However I tried it twice. Second time I even changed the workgroup
    name again. Either of the times, it didn’t work out for me. The first time I changed the name, my Ubuntu computer said it failed to open. The second time I changed the name it didn’t even appear on my Networks. The name appeared as the old name.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I was able to get it to work once I used the IP address of my windows computer in the server field.

  3. Juozas says:

    It works with WinXp and doesn’t work with Win 7. I always get dialog box with username and password requirement and no one of existing in Win 7 username and password works. I get dialog box with username and password requirement again and again… The same situation is in case when I try to access shared printer in Win 7.

    • conualfy says:

      I manage a computer network of windows machines and a Linux server and I have this problem on some windows computers. It seems that Windows versions are working differently (quite buggy). On some machines, to make it work without asking passwords each time, I had to use the same username & password on both server & windows client. Also check the Windows network security settings (encrypting, etc.).

  4. Norman says:

    I was able to connect to a computer that has Windows 7 Home Premium okay, but when I try to connect to a computer that has Windows 7 Professional it keeps asking for a password. Any user and password I use will not work.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I second the Anon comment about the IP address. I was completely unable to accomplish this using the computer name. IP address of the windows machine in the server field worked perfectly though. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Garagegoblin says:

    I had to add this line to my /etc/fstab.conf which solved the rest of my issues. Good luck all.
    //{IP of server}/{shared folder} {mount point} smbfs rw,auto,user={username},password={Password} 0 0

  7. Ivan says:

    I successfully connected to Windows7 share after I changed password for the windows user from a unicode charset (my password was in russian) to english charset. I spent ~1 hour trying to guess where the problem is. Hope this may help someone.

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Brian hanson says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. I’ve tried this other times with out any success, thank you thank you thank you.!!!!!!!!

  9. Bob says:

    Only worked when I used the IP address. Thank you.

  10. Phil says:

    What if the Windows share doesn’t has a password?

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Then chances are you won’t be able to connect to those Windows shares. If I remember correctly, Windows has a security policy of not allowing access to shares with no password. If that’s the case for you too, then you have two choices:
      – disable that policy in Windows OR
      – create a password for the user account used to make those shares and then use that user & password to connect from the Linux computer.

  11. User says:

    Does the 128bit encryption setting in windows 7’s control panel advanced sharing have any effect on linux-windows sharing? Can I leave it at 128bits?

  12. Aymen says:

    I have to use the IP addres to get it working, it worked for 1st time but after rebooting lunix it won’t work

  13. ahmed majid says:

    thank you it works now i can share files in both systems.

  14. rizalID says:

    good tips friend, succesfully test on my pc

  15. LoGos says:

    Wow it worked for me. I was able to transfer data from Windows 8 Pro (32Bit) to Linux Mint 13 (64Bit) on my network easily. Thank you!

  16. arulkumar says:

    i have connected shared file but i cannot accees that files

  17. swati sharma says:

    Linux is capable to admittance index, files, & copiers that are communal from MS Windows equipment, & can perform as a server for Windows clients, a software package called Samba, which is a completion of the SMB protocol describe the Net-BIOS or LanManager protocol.

Leave a comment