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    Does anyone have experience in connecting a Linux PC to a Windows 7/10 PC via the network.
    I can connect Windows PC to Windows PC OK.
    I can connect Windows to smart TV OK.
    I can't connect a laptop with Linux Mint installed to the Windows Network. I do see an icon on the Linux PC labelled "Windows Network" though.
    I have installed Linux Mint several times in different configurations but don't use the Terminal (only GUI).

    P.S. I purchased a HP Stream with Windows 10 installed and it really struggles.
    I blew it away and installed Linux Mint. Much much better.

    Dave

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    Most likely you'll need to re-work the Samba config files.

    I haven't run Mint since the "cinnamon" versions but I remember Win giving me headaches over just this.

    The Linux Mint Forums should be a good resource to track down the required changes. A quick search there found: Windows10 and Samba File Sharing - Linux Mint Forums which appears to be directly relevant.
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    We recently were forced to add a Raspberry Pi to our LAN and I recall Samba was initially not included and the drive would not mount. I have no idea of the technicality of it all so can't help beyond that.

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    Many thanks guys.
    I have installed Samba and followed directions from some you tube sites but to no avail.
    I think that that earlier editions of Linux Mint handled networking differently. Not sure which edition when changes made.
    I seem to recall seeing somewhere that a setting in windows 10 needed changing (not the registry) but can't find it again.
    I have looked at the Linux Forums before but maybe not enough.

    I will check out the you tube sites you have mentioned and report back in a day or so.
    It really has been an interesting exercise installing Linux Mint on 5 different PC's with different issues.

    Dave

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    I run various Linuxes on my PCs, and have a few Raspberry Pi's as well (OctoPrint, Kodi).

    The PCs all still have their various Windows installations as an alternative boot, for Just-In-Case.

    The approach I now use is to install "No Machine" everywhere, even on my phone.

    It gives you remote viewing and control of other macines, and file transfer, which meets 99.36% of my needs.

    I really, really disliked constantly re-reconfiguring SAMBA ...

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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    I still have not solved the problem. There were two youtube videos relating to Linux Mint 20 (when the networking applications were changed).
    I followed both, stop starting at every step but still not working.
    I looked at the forum you mentioned and others had the same problem but to no avail.
    I think you are correct about being a Samba problem.
    I have not booted 2 pc's in Linux Mint mode yet, to try that but I can boot all of my PC's in Linux or Windows.
    I looked at "No Machine" which looked OK, but I don't want to start a new path just yet.
    The PC I am trying to use only has 120GB of storage so I think Sneakernet is the solution.
    For the younger members, we used Sneakernet when PC's only had floppy disks, no Networking and no internet. We copied files to floppies and walked (sneakers) to the other PC.

    Dave

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    if you just want to share files then dropbox is an option.

    And have you considered another Linux flavour - I use Ubuntu. Toyed with mint and a few other flavours a while back and settled on Ubuntu. Just seemed a bit more cohesive.

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    I believe that Win10 has replaced Netbios with WS-Discovery. (WSD) Considering that Linux's SMB relies on Netbios to connect, that's probably your issue. (Pre Win10 the issue was due to a series of bugs caused by MS 'modifying' the SMBv1 protocol. )

    I also believe that you can install a WSD service on the Linux Box to get things working again, but I haven't tried this for myself so cannot confirm.

    However, I can tell you the steps to install and start the WSD on your Linux box if you want to try going down that path.
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    Bernmc
    When I first started playing with Linux, I spent a bit of time searching for the right Distro.
    In the end I selected Mint because it was the favorite and considered good for Windows users.
    I tried dual boots and triple boots and stuffed up and had to re-install everything again. We call this the learning curve.
    I now have a HP Stream with Only Linux Mint installed.
    For my other PC's and Laptops I have Linux Mint installed on a portable SSD drive that I can use on any machine. I select it when booting.
    I will have a play with Virtual Box one day.

    I have never used Dropbox or other Cloud services before. I want to be in charge of my own data.


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    One of the Youtubers was using Linux Mint 20 but with Windows 7, which would explain your comment re Netbios.
    The other one used Windows 10 but I got EXTRA error messages. The forum had all of the Commands to put in to overcome it but I did not want to go down this path.
    I have used DOS Command lines etc years ago and can still use it when I have to but with Linux, if I type in a command and get an unexpected result, I don't have the expertise to resolve.
    Although I could do a fresh install.
    My HP Stream Laptop has a total storage capacity of 32GB (this is not a typo) which I use for the OS and Home Directory.
    I purchased an extra 120GB SD Card to provide for more data storage. I only use this PC when babysitting the Grand kids or when we go Cruising.
    Hence the comment about using Sneakernet.

    Jigsaw

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    Understood.

    I've no intention of setting up WSD on my home LAN either.

    It's nice to have an OS that'll run well on older HW, especially one that can be configured to do what you want how you want and then add any eye-candy or bloatware if so desired.

    However, regardless of the 'flavour' of Linux you choose, it does need a modicum of expertise with CLI and a smattering of computer literacy to get the most out of it.
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