Cannot View Computers on Network

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by HankL, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. HankL

    HankL Guest

    This computer is on Windows VISTA
    When I select Network icon on my desktop in Office Computer (name of one of
    my computers) so that I can see the other computers on my Network system,
    they are not visible including Office Computer.
    I have 3 computers at home. I can see all computers on the other two
    computers. I am using MSHOME as my workgroup and all computers are set for
    this.
    I believe there may be a problem in the registry and not quite certain where
    to look.

    All computers can communicate with each other as an example when I am
    synching info from one computer to another.

    It has always worked in the past with no difficulties.


    Thank you in advance for your support and suggestions,

    HankL
    HankL, Nov 18, 2009
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  2. HankL

    David Webb Guest

    Just by chance, if the other two computers are running Windows XP, try this:

    Check the network properties list in the WinXP systems for a component called
    the
    Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder. If the LLTD Responder component
    is not installed on the Windows XP-based computers they most likely won't be
    seen in Vista's Network Map.

    Here's a link to an MS fix for the WinXP systems. Note, if they're up to SP3,
    the
    readily downloadable version (fix v5) probably won't to anything but say that
    it's not needed, so then simply request the hotfix patch (fix v6) and apply it
    to the
    WinXP-SP3 systems.

    You must request the hotfix from MS. The how-to information is contained within
    the KB article. It will be supplied as a zip file with a time limited password.
    After you extract the hotfix patch, simply run it in place on each Win XP
    computer.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922120

    Good luck!


    "HankL" <> wrote in message
    news:%...
    > This computer is on Windows VISTA
    > When I select Network icon on my desktop in Office Computer (name of one of my
    > computers) so that I can see the other computers on my Network system, they
    > are not visible including Office Computer.
    > I have 3 computers at home. I can see all computers on the other two
    > computers. I am using MSHOME as my workgroup and all computers are set for
    > this.
    > I believe there may be a problem in the registry and not quite certain where
    > to look.
    >
    > All computers can communicate with each other as an example when I am synching
    > info from one computer to another.
    >
    > It has always worked in the past with no difficulties.
    >
    >
    > Thank you in advance for your support and suggestions,
    >
    > HankL
    David Webb, Nov 19, 2009
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  3. HankL

    igotsaurus Guest

    The problem you are experiencing is on the Vista unit and you should not
    change any settings on the other machines.
    You will be sorry if you do.
    All XP and Vista machines may not properly show the other computers on the
    network under the circumstances you describe even if they are sharing data
    appropriately. This is a common problem in Windows networking.
    Microsoft's point of view is that there is no problem as long as you can
    share files. Microsoft will inevitably say it is some non-Microsoft software
    that is causing your problem.
    Simply rebooting may solve your problem. Logging on and off the network or
    refreshing network settings will rarely solve the problem.
    If the balking Vista unit is connected by Ethernet you can delete and
    reconfigure your network settings. Clearly this will also require a reboot.
    If the balking Vista unit is wireless, in my experience Vista wireless
    connections are inherently unstable compared to XP regardless of hardware
    manufacturer, resetting the router may solve your problems regardless of
    whether other wireless units are connecting to the network properly.
    igotsaurus, Nov 22, 2009
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  4. HankL

    HankL Guest

    Thanks for the info.

    I am on Ethernet connection.
    Could you suggest to me the steps to delete and reconfigure network
    settings?
    Just as a point of information and not sure if it has any effect, my O/S is
    Vista 64 bit

    Thanks ahead of time

    HankL

    "igotsaurus" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > The problem you are experiencing is on the Vista unit and you should not
    > change any settings on the other machines.
    > You will be sorry if you do.
    > All XP and Vista machines may not properly show the other computers on the
    > network under the circumstances you describe even if they are sharing data
    > appropriately. This is a common problem in Windows networking.
    > Microsoft's point of view is that there is no problem as long as you can
    > share files. Microsoft will inevitably say it is some non-Microsoft
    > software that is causing your problem.
    > Simply rebooting may solve your problem. Logging on and off the network or
    > refreshing network settings will rarely solve the problem.
    > If the balking Vista unit is connected by Ethernet you can delete and
    > reconfigure your network settings. Clearly this will also require a
    > reboot.
    > If the balking Vista unit is wireless, in my experience Vista wireless
    > connections are inherently unstable compared to XP regardless of hardware
    > manufacturer, resetting the router may solve your problems regardless of
    > whether other wireless units are connecting to the network properly.
    HankL, Nov 28, 2009
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