WIN7 Permissions, sharing and HTPC, so so much fail.
December 31, 2013 11:21 AM Subscribe
How can I clear up whatever problem with windows 7 permissions is plaguing my new HTPC?
posted by T.D. Strange to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
For a long time I had a crappy Acer Revo running Win 7 as an HTPC, with a 1TB external HDD connected for media storage. I recently upgrade to a custom built i5 HTPC box with a new install of windows 7.
Rather than copy all the media files, I just plugged the external hard drive into the new HTPC. That worked ok, but I encountered a lot of permissions errors trying to play files, even though I though I had taken ownership of the entire drive, with the ower set as my new user account on the HTPC. But I somehow got that mostly sorted, although I still occasionally have to click through a message about permissions.
The real problem comes when I try to shared the external drive with all the media files and access it over the home network from my laptop. I created a new homegroup with the HTPC, then joined with the laptop. I can see the shared external drive on the laptop, and even access the main directory, but whenever I try to access the TV Shows or Movies subdirectory, I get a permissions error. I don't understnad this, because the shared drive has "everyone" with "full control" access, and the Windows help documentation could not possibly be more byzantine.
What do I need to do to (a) clear up whatever permissions errors are still on the HTPC and (b) set whatever permissions need to be set to allow shared access across the home netowrk?