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Error: ” [location] not accessible. You may not have permission to use this network resource”

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Recently I ran into the problem on my network where I wasn’t able to browse deep within a shared folder.

This is a description of my setup:

  • all computers are on one workgroup
  • folder is shared, specifically giving user access to the folder

So, going to [ my computer -> my network places -> view workgroup computers ] I was able to see all computers that I expected to see in the workgroup. I then clicked on the computer of interest, and was prompted for the user/pass to gain access to that computer, which I entered and I was allowed entry. I then browsed to the folder of interest (shared already) and was given access into it.

This is when the problem existed. Once inside the shared folder of the computer I was interested in, I wasn’t able to browse within folders that were within that folder.

To give you a better idea of the structure I was looking at:

-> computer
-> -> shared folder
-> -> -> folders

If I attempted to browse within folders (shown above) I was given the error message ” [location] not accessible. You may not have permission to use this network resource.”

What solved my problem

To solve the problem, I enabled ‘use simple file sharing (Recommended)’ on the computer with the folder I was trying to access via the workgroup over the network by  [ Tools -> Folder Options -> View Tab -> Advanced Settings -> [tick] Use simple file sharing (Recommended) ] option.

Once I enabled this, I tried to access folders from a computer that wasn’t the computer with the shared folders and was allowed entry.

Once I was allowed entry, I then returned to the network computer, which I enabled ‘use simple file sharing’, and turned it back to the un-ticked state, disabling ‘simple file sharing’.

Everything still worked, and I’m happy.

What didn’t solve my problem

To attempt to solve this problem I did a plethora of options:

  • specifically grant permissions via right click -> sharing and security -> permissions -> Add…
  • specifically grant Full Control via right click -> sharing and security -> security tab
  • specifically grant Advanced permissions via right click -> sharing and security -> security tab -> advanced -> Add…
  • disabling windows firewall (it was already disabled) via Windows control panels
  • rebooting the computer
  • double check user privileges via Windows control panel
  • set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlLsarestrictanonymous to 0 (it was already at this value)
  • set HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlLsalimitblankpassworduse’ to 1 (it was already at this value)

It was kind of frustrating, and I chose to ignore this for quite some time.

This is a lesson that sometimes things can glitch up and enabling/disabling features can often return all the tweaked values back to a standard value.