Cannot share files or printer between XP SP2 and Vista machines.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by usenet, Feb 5, 2008.

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    usenet Guest

    I have 2 (actually 4, but 2 are important here) machines that can see
    each other network-wise, but not share files.

    The Windows XP machine (Home SP2) has the printer and files that need
    shared. It can see the Vista machine (a laptop) when I go to "My
    Network Places" and click on "View Network Computers", but clicking on
    the machine gives me the error "\\Laptop is not accessible. You might
    not have permission to access this network resource. Contact the
    administrator of this server to find out if you have access
    permissions. The network path is not found."

    The XP machine can share to other XP machines just fine.

    The Windows Vista machine (it's Home Premium RTM, no beta versions of
    SP1 installed) can not see any other machine on the workgroup (it sees
    the router, however) from "Network" on the start menu, but it sees the
    XP machine in "Control Panel > Network Map" (the XP machine DOES have
    LLTP installed so that this happens.) When I type in "\\Desktop" in
    the address bar, the error is "Windows cannot find '\\Desktop'. Check
    the spelling and try again. In "Control Panel > Network and Sharing
    Center", Network discovery, File sharing, and Public folder sharing
    are on, and my wireless network (it's encrypted and MAC-address-
    filtered) shows up as a private network.

    They both are "attached" (wireless) to a Linksys WRT54G v8 router.

    For a firewall, they both have Windows Firewall running, with File and
    Printer Sharing checked as an exemption. (turning off the firewall
    does not affect the error)

    They both have been updated using "Microsoft Update" (for the XP
    machine) and "Windows Update" (for the Vista machine) within the last
    week. They can ping each other's IP addresses just fine.

    What do I need to do?
    usenet, Feb 5, 2008
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  2. 1. Make sure you have assigned permission in the Security tab on the Vista.
    Check this link for more details.

    Vista Permission IssuesCan I assume the external drive used to be connecting
    to other computer and you just re-connect it the the Vista? Check the
    permission using this command: . ...

    2. Make sure no firewall or security software blocks the sharing.

    Vista sharing issuesSolved: Vista sharing - Access denied ... To share a
    folder, there are two places, you need to assign permission. sharing and
    security tabs. ...

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
    Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Feb 5, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

    How to give Permissions are there, too.

    If you are running Norton, Trend Micro, McAfee, etc’s Firewall, check its
    settings to make sure it allows file and printer sharing..

    1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
    the SAME.

    In Vista Network and Sharing:

    Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

    Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

    File Sharing: ON

    Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared

    Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
    passwords on ALL computers in your Network) If you have it ON, you will be
    asked for a username and password when you try to access a Vista computer
    from an XP computer.

    Also, run the XP’s Home Network File and Printer sharing Wizard.
    Mick Murphy, Feb 6, 2008
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    Karen Guest

    I have a similar problem except I can access the Public folders from two XP
    machines but not from another. I'm using the Guest account from all three
    and Vista just won't let the third machine on.
    What should I be looking for in this case?
    Karen, Feb 6, 2008
  5. Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Feb 8, 2008
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