Cannot see Windows XP Computers

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Bill Fry, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. Bill Fry

    koze Guest

    In the netwer centre the network detecting enabled .
    And file and printersharing in there also, including the share with password

    koze, May 25, 2007
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    Adam_NZ Guest

    Yes - network detection enabled. Tried with and without printer sharing and
    sharing + password. No luck.

    Networking in Windows has *always* been black magic (and I'm running out of
    both ideas and young virgins to sacrifice!). Tragic that MS just never seem
    to get it right with each successive OS release. I've never had these
    problems with Linux.

    Adam_NZ, May 26, 2007
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    Deke Guest

    Deke, May 26, 2007
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    Adam_NZ Guest

    Deke - thanks for the help ...
    Sadly. this voodoo didn't work either :-(

    I can ping the XP machine OK. Just to reiterate ... the XP machine sees the
    Vista machine fine - just not the other way round. This is beginning to annoy
    me. What's the point of "upgrading" when my network is unusable?

    Adam_NZ, May 26, 2007
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    Chuck Guest


    First make sure that your NetBT setting is consistent, and is appropriate to the
    personal firewalls.

    Then look at "browstat status" and "ipconfig /all", from each computer, and
    diagnose the problem. Read this article, and linked articles, and follow
    instructions precisely (download browstat!):

    Chuck, MS-MVP [Windows - Networking]
    Paranoia is not a problem, when it's a normal response from experience.
    My email is AT DOT
    actual address pchuck mvps org.
    Chuck, May 26, 2007
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    Kirk Guest

    Kirk, May 28, 2007
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    Carter Guest

    Are there any known compatibility issues with Windows Vista home accessing a
    Windows XP computer on a workgroup? I have a hard time believing we are the
    only ones with this problem. I have disabled all firewalls, shared
    everything, and still get an ACCESS DENIED message on the Vista computer
    whenever I try to access shares on an XP computer.

    Thanks for your help. -Carter
    Carter, Jun 4, 2007
  8. On the XP machine.

    Create a file in notepad named FIXANON.REG with the following contents:

    ------------------- Use text after this line -------------------
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    ------------------- Use text before this line -----------------

    Double click on the file and say Yes to the merge into registry question.
    Gunrunnerjohn, Jun 4, 2007
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    AlaskaJO Guest

    Hi - I have been following your postings in trying to resolve m
    troubles viewing and accessing XP computers (and computers runnin
    other non Vista operating systems) from a new Vista loaded laptop.

    This is going to sound really stupid - but after also looking at othe
    forums - the trouble seems to be with Norton and registering "truste
    sites" within Norton Internet Security software. I know, everyone ha
    turned off firewalls, but the Norton version installed on newe
    machines has other "helpful" programs that operate even when user
    choose to refuse the Norton firewall.

    Look a

    Because a number of actions seem to bounce machines off of Norton'
    Trusted list without the user's knowledge (sounds like Norton doesn'
    it?) - the intermitant successes of some users is explained.

    The fellow on the TechNet forum says to add individual IP addresses o
    XP machines to the Norton trusted list on the Vista computer. So far,
    have turned off every action that Norton could possible execute - an
    full access to my network is finally available. I plan to gradully tur
    on and refine Norton options, checking as I go to maintain connectivity
    I have turned on Windows firewall options on all computers (afte
    turning Norton off) and do continue to "see" and share printers acros
    my home network.

    Before modifying Norton the following conditions were true: I coul
    ping computers on my network using IP addresses from all computers o
    the network, I installed LLTD on my XP computer and could therefore se
    the XP computer on my Vista Network Map but still not access it - the X
    computer did not show up as a member of a workgroup on my Vista machin
    however, I had all computers on the network members of the sam
    workgroup, I had changed network connection properties to choos
    Netbios over TCP/IP on both the XP and Vista computers.

    Good luck fellow strugglers.

    AlaskaJO, Jun 5, 2007
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    Victor Bien Guest

    Victor Bien, Dec 4, 2007
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    Victor Bien Guest

    [rest cut for brevity]

    Like Mike S I agree that this is a useless reply. With a fully developed
    product one does not expect to have to go into the depths that these links
    lead you into. The people here, like me, are asking an end-user question,
    not a developer's question!

    I expected a simple answer such as ensuring the workgroup name matches.
    Of course I had made sure this was right as well as correctly configuring
    Norton IS firewall allowed computers addresses. Well the answer in my case,
    simply, was to disable (uncheck) tcpip v6 in the properties box of the
    network connection. Once that was done access to WinXP computers came up
    with full access.
    Victor Bien, Dec 4, 2007
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    Goat Granny Guest

    i have tried every thing that all of you have written and still can not
    access the files on my pc that runs xp pro from my laptop that has vista
    premium on it....the vista laptop sees my xp pro pc as a media device not a
    computer.....anyone want to tackle this one.....i think bill gates dropped
    the ball on this one......allowing vista to be on the market until all the
    bugs were ironed out.....and back and forth...ect....ect.
    Goat Granny, Feb 11, 2008
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    Viney Guest

    Hi Everybody,

    I have HP lappie with Vista Home Premium and Norton Internet security 2007
    (preinstalled 60 days). I was facing the same problem since i bought the
    laptop. I followed Sen's above said steps to reconfigure the firewall of
    Norton Internet security and i can now connect between any computers, share
    files, printers, etc. whether XP or Vista with windows firewall of on my

    ThankYou!!! Sen
    Viney, Jul 3, 2008
  14. Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Jul 3, 2008
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    rswan46 Guest


    Many thanks! After months of off-and-on trying to solve the Vista to XP
    connection problem - these NIS settings did the trick.

    rswan46, Sep 12, 2008
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    mdee Guest

    Hi Bill,

    I deleted all my networks on the vista machine. ie network and sharing
    centre, customize ,merge or delete network locations. i then rebooted the
    machine and connected to the network again, and i m prompted to choose a
    work, home or private network . After choosing home i could then see the xp
    mach i wanted and was then able to attach its printer correctly.

    hope this helps
    mdee, Feb 6, 2009
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    M.K. Guest

    The new versions of Norton provide a built-in firewall which has Windows
    Filesharing disabled by default. You need to remove a few "general rules"
    such as SMB, Windows File Sharing, and NetBIOS. Deleting these rules will
    allow you to keep your Norton Firewall turned on, but allow network discovery
    and file sharing. Otherwise your computer will not be visible and not other
    computers visible to that computer. Gotta love Symantec, they think just
    like Microsoft "hey boss, you think normal users want to do file sharing?
    no, no, of course not, let's just disable it for their own good."
    M.K., Apr 1, 2009
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