Can't get my Vista Machine to netgwork with an XP Machine

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Jim, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    I have two desktop computers. Both are Dells and one is a Visita Machine
    and the second is a XP machine. My Vista machine can see the XP machine but
    the XP machine can't see the Vista machine. Got any suggestions?
    Thanks, Jim
    Jim, Aug 10, 2009
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    tasaholic Guest

    There is a hotfix available from Microsoft that applies a patch to
    correct this issue. Try checking it is applied tp the XP system
    and allows the connection to be made. I have installed it on many PC's
    for the same issue.Hope that helps. :D
    tasaholic, Aug 10, 2009
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    Malke Guest

    The hotfix will not help. You simply need to configure your network correctly.

    Here are general network troubleshooting steps. Not everything may be
    applicable to your situation, so just take the bits that are. It may look
    daunting, but if you follow the steps at the links and suggestions below
    systematically and calmly, you will have no difficulty in setting up your

    Excellent, thorough, yet easy to understand article about File/Printer
    Sharing in Vista. Includes details about sharing printers as well as files
    and folders:

    For XP, start by running the Network Setup Wizard on all machines (see
    caveat in Item A below).

    Problems sharing files between computers on a network are generally caused by
    1) a misconfigured firewall or overlooked firewall (including a stateful
    firewall in a VPN); or 2) inadvertently running two firewalls such as the
    built-in Windows Firewall and a third-party firewall; and/or 3) not having
    identical user accounts and passwords on all Workgroup machines; 4) trying
    to create shares where the operating system does not permit it.

    A. Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local Area Network (LAN)
    traffic as trusted. With Windows Firewall, this means allowing File/Printer
    Sharing on the Exceptions tab. Normally running the Network Setup Wizard on
    XP will take care of this for those machines.The only "gotcha" is that this
    will turn on the XPSP2 Windows Firewall. If you aren't running a third-party
    firewall or have an antivirus/security program with its own firewall
    component, then you're fine. With third-party firewalls, I usually configure
    the LAN allowance with an IP range. Ex. would be
    Obviously you would substitute your correct subnet. Refer to any third party
    security program's Help or user forums for how to properly configure its
    firewall. Do not run more than one firewall. DO NOT TURN OFF FIREWALLS;

    B. For ease of organization, put all computers in the same Workgroup. This
    is done from the System applet in Control Panel, Computer Name tab.

    C. Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not
    need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
    assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
    need to exist and match on all machines. DO NOT NEGLECT TO CREATE PASSWORDS,
    EVEN IF ONLY SIMPLE ONES. If you wish a machine to boot directly to the
    Desktop (into one particular user's account) for convenience, you can do

    XP - Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

    Vista - Start Orb>Search box>type: netplwiz [enter]
    Click on Continue (or supply an administrator's password) when prompted by

    Uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this
    computer". Select a user account to automatically log on by clicking on the
    desired account to highlight it and then hit OK. Enter the correct password
    for that user account (if there is one) when prompted. Leave it blank if
    there is no password (null).

    D. If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center, turn off Simple
    File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab).

    E. Create shares as desired. XP Home does not permit sharing of users' home
    directories or Program Files, but you can share folders inside those
    directories. A better choice is to simply use the Shared Documents folder.
    See the first link above for details about Vista sharing.

    Malke, Aug 10, 2009
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