Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7 x64 File Sharing Trouble Shooting

November 18, 2010

Recently I not only upgraded my LinuxMint install from version 8 to version 10 but I also reinstalled Windows 7 (x64) on my main box. Ever since then I’ve had no luck doing any file sharing between the two despite my usual setup. Since I reinstalled both Operating Systems at the same time I didn’t know where to start. There were lots of tips for getting Samba and Windows 7 working properly, and general samba issues, but I didn’t even know what was the cause. All my samba logs in /var/logs/samba were just giving me authentication errors, which isn’t more than what Nautilus and Explorer were telling me. Eventually I came up with the following solution:

Windows 7 Registry Tweaks

DWORD DomainCompatibilityMode = 1
DWORD DNSNameResolutionRequired = 0
RequireStrongKey = 0

That on it’s own didn’t do it for me. After a bit more digging I found a few posts where people were saying that Windows Live Sign-in Assistant caused issues as well. So I quickly disabled that as well and was good to go.

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