Can't log in to XP machine from Vista machine

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by matkof, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. matkof

    matkof Guest


    I have a desktop with XP Pro, and laptop with Vista Home. I can see the
    computers in "my network places" and I can log into Vista-laptop from my
    XP-desktop after giving user name and password, but I can't log in from
    Vista-laptop into my XP-desktop. It keeps telling me that the user
    name/password is incorrect.

    I have only one account on XP computer, and I can't figure out what I'm
    doing wrong. I checked the spelling, CAPS, but it still keeps telling me
    that the log in information is not correct.

    Thank you for any help.
    matkof, Jan 8, 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, etc’s Firewall, check its settings.

    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, Jan 8, 2008
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    Chuck [MVP] Guest


    Did you run the Network Setup Wizard on the XP computer?

    Is the XP computer running Simple, or Advanced, File Sharing?

    Has the account on the XP computer been activated for network access?

    Chuck, MS-MVP 2005-2007 [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 [MVP], Jan 8, 2008
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    cindy Guest

    I've tried all of the above and I'm having the same problem. My XP desktop
    can see the shared folders on the Vista notebook, but no matter what I try, I
    can't access shared folders from the XP desktop on the Vista notebook.

    Also, Vista notebook, automatically views the desktop as a windows media

    Also, frequently, but not always, when i shut down the notebook (vista) and
    turn it back on the network automatically resets to public even though its
    been designated private.

    I'm ready to send the notebook back - it should not be this frustrating to use

    cindy, Jan 8, 2008
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    MattK Guest

    I too have the same problem. driving me nuts, i also may send back my new
    dell vostro laptop running vista home premium.

    i have a wired/wireless network with three machines running xp pro and
    sharing files peer to peer. works fine. added the vista laptop. xp pro
    machines can see and access public folder on vista laptop. vista laptop can
    see the xp computers on the net, but clicking on the computers to try and get
    access to the shared folders on them produces a request that I enter username
    and password, which I enter (for the account which I am on in Vista, which
    has a matching account on each XP machine) and which is rejected.

    Have downloaded the patch that allows me to see the location of the xp
    computers on the network map, but that hasn't given me access to the shared
    files on xp

    Google searches bring up refernces to others having similar/identical
    problems--but i haven't seen any solutions that work for me

    simple file sharing is off
    i am using the same username and passwords on the various xp and the vista
    machine. don't believe the problem is a firewall.

    network on vista machine is set to private (have tried chaning it to public,
    but that doesn't help).

    have tried connecting the laptop to the network both wirelessly and via
    ethernet--behaviour is the same.

    Generally I'm a big Microsoft fan, but I see why people bash Vista, which i
    had never used before. Adding a vista machine to an existing peer to peer
    network is not a poject that should take endless hours.

    Any help would be enormously appreciated.

    MattK, Jan 9, 2008
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    Chuck [MVP] Guest

    What's the complete and exact error message? Is the "matching account"
    activated for network access, on each computer?

    Chuck, MS-MVP 2005-2007 [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 [MVP], Jan 10, 2008
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    MattK Guest

    when i click in the network window on my vista machine on one of the xp
    computers visible on the network i get a dialog "connect to [computername]"
    which asks me for a username and password. i enter a username and password
    for an account that is on both the vista and xp machines and get the error
    message "logon unsuccsessful: windows is unable to log you on. Be sure that
    your username and password are correct."

    Thanks for your help.

    MattK, Jan 10, 2008
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    MattK Guest

    also accounts are activated for netwok access

    MattK, Jan 10, 2008
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    Tom Allen Guest

    Silvia and possibly MattK,

    have you by any chance ever set a password on the Guest account on the
    XP machine ?
    You could remove any Guest password by setting it to nothing ( i.e no
    characters entered ).
    I see that MattK says simple file sharing on his XP machine is set off
    but it might be worth a try.
    Should this wild theory be correct the folder will open without any
    username/password prompt.


    Tom Allen, Jan 10, 2008
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