Windows 10: Using the same username to access other computers on a network at home

Discus and support Using the same username to access other computers on a network at home in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; I have two desktop PCs and a surface laptop - all with Windows 10 and connected to the router and each other? via a switch/ethernet. I used to be able... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by Pgrfowler, May 17, 2022.

  1. Pgrfowler Win User

    Using the same username to access other computers on a network at home


    I have two desktop PCs and a surface laptop - all with Windows 10 and connected to the router and each other? via a switch/ethernet. I used to be able to access documents on computter A's hard drive using Windows Explorer to navigate via 'Network' on Computer B. Sometime ago something changed and I no longer am able to do this.I keep coming up against 'Credentials' and no matter what I try, I can't access the other computers. I've tried adding credentials including username, full name, email ID registered with User on MS. I have the same username, full name and email ID on all the computers.

    :)
     
    Pgrfowler, May 17, 2022
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  2. taward Win User

    One computer cannot access other network computers.


    So I've tried every troubleshooting step I know:
    • Double checked that Net Bios was enabled
    • Ran a bunch of network commands:
      • flushed DNS
      • registered dns
      • pinged and located the named computers successfully
    • Reset my router to factory settings

    Nothing works when I try to access via explorer. I'm still baffled by the fact that every other computer can access each other AND access this computer. It's just the outgoing connection from this machine that doesn't work.

    Any thoughts?
     
    taward, May 17, 2022
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  3. Nikhar_K Win User
    Asking for Network Credentials when trying to access computer on the network

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    I understand that you are being asked for credentials when trying to access computers on the network. I’ll certainly help you with the issue.



    Ideally, when you are asked for credentials, you will need to enter the username and password of the computer which you are trying to access. If you are on a secured network, you can turn off password protected sharing under Network and sharing options
    and you will not be prompted for a password.



    If you are unable to access the computer by entering the username and password of the computer, one of thing that I can suggest you is to try entering the Device name and password when you receive the prompt. To check for the Device name, go to
    Start >> Settings >> System >> About.



    If that doesn’t work, try the steps mentioned below:



    1. On the computer for which you are being asked for password, type
      command prompt in the search bar on the Taskbar.
    2. Right click on the command prompt icon, and select
      Run as administrator.
    3. Now, type whoami and hit
      Enter
      .
    You will get the name of the device, try using the name as the username and use the computer password.



    Let us know the results, we will be glad to help you further.



    Regards,

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, May 17, 2022
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  4. Using the same username to access other computers on a network at home

    Network Credentials - Does each computer on a network need a DIFFERENT UserName and PassWord?

    Andre, Thank you

    I changed the UN for each computer.

    I tried accessing the external drives and

    used the new credentials to log in and

    get the same error message:

    "username or password is incorrect"

    and suggestions???

    thanks
     
    Karen Stavert, May 17, 2022
    #4
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