So I've never come across this, but I have 2 computers:
Dell Inspiron Desktop, Win7 Home Premium SP1 x64
Dell Inspiron Laptop, Win7 Home Premium SP1 x64
What I need to do is share a folder on the desktop computer with the laptop, I haven't shared a folder on a non-pro windows computer since the Win98 days and I usually have a specific account for the shared folder on my home computer (Win7 Ultimate SP1 x64) but here's what I've tried.
By default in Win7 when you share a folder it's shared to 'Everyone' with read-only access by default, so I changed it to allow Modify and Full control too. I've also set the network sharing to not use password file shares. On the laptop when I browse the network I can see the folder listed, but when I try to open it I get the "resource can't be accessed" error message, which is confusing because I would have thought the read-access would at least work.
So then I started googling and I noticed that whenever someone wants to share a folder, in any manor, none of the windows defaults actually work. You need to create a 2nd account on the computer (no big deal cause I have several on my desktop just for file sharing) and while it's a pain to not have the create user stuff in the computer management on a home premium computer, I was able to create a regular user account with the same name as the laptop (with a password) and I set the networking settings to share using a password, then I went to the folder, removed the 'Everyone' and put in the new account and everything but now whenever the laptop tries to connect to the desktop, I get the "can't access the resource" error right away and I also noticed that the shared printer no longer works on the laptop either, so the desktop's refusing print jobs now too. So what am I doing wrong?
I also noticed that Home Premium doesn't have a group policy editor either, so how do I make it so the new account isn't able to log in locally? I don't want windows to prompt for an account to log in to which it's doing now, it should auto-login to the default admin account (no password set) like the laptop still does.
I hope I've explained the situation clearly enough, I miss the days where you could just create an account (doesnt even need a password to be set) in the computer management, set it to be a non-local login account in the policy editor, share the folder for the account and it just worked, but other than the Ultimate edition all of that seems to be missing and it's amazing that MS doesn't really have an equivalent for these basic windows management tools.