Fix: The account is not authorized to log in from this station

If you have more the one computers running Windows, then its possible to connect them using HomeGroup. HomeGroup provides an easy pathway to share files and printers on a home network. The conventional way of copying the file first to USB drive and then pasting it on target machine, can thus be suppressed. However, sometimes you may come around a situation, that leads to connection failure while connecting in your home network. In that case, you’ll receive following message:

<domainname> is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

The account is not authorized to log in from this station.

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The first and foremost step you might want to take after receiving this error is that you should try to turn on, and then turn off Windows Firewall and see if that helps. If that doesn’t helps, you can try the suggestion mentioned in this community thread, which is as follows:

The account is not authorized to log in from this station

Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point before proceeding.

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters

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3. In the right pane of above mentioned registry location, right click and select New -> DWORD. Name the newly created DWORD as AllowInsecureGuestAuth and double click the same DWORD to modify its Value data:

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4. In the above shown box, put the Value data as 1 and click OK. Close the Registry Editor and reboot the machine, the problem must be fixed after restarting the machine.

Let us know if this worked for you.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.

5 Comments

  1. Greg

    This worked for the Windows 10 Preview and we lost the ability to browse the CIFS shares. This fixed it on two machines even before a reboot.

  2. DesertJerry

    Problem solved – Win10TP prevented access to external hard drives connected to the router – worked OK after registry edit.

  3. ^^ Glad it helped! 🙂

  4. Pete N.

    Fixed Win7 trying to connect to an older NetApp filer

  5. I run Windows 10 on a laptop that I bought 3-4 months ago.
    I had no problem accessing an XStreamer (Prodigy) media player’s hard drive via this laptop.

    Recently, yesterday or the day before, Windows 10 restarted my PC while I was away and installed updates.

    Today I notice I can’t access the Prodigy anymore, with the exact same error message you mention in your article.

    This
    is a very recent change, your article predates it, but I tried what you
    suggested, rebooted and I’m sorry to say it’s not the solution.

    I wonder if you ran into this recent problem as well and if you have a solution ?

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