helllllllppppppppppppp going crazy with vista and xp netwoorking p

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

  1. lauren

    lauren Guest

    hi i an running vista on my laptop and have another laptop with xp i am
    trying to network them. both can connect to the internet wirelessy by a
    router fine. my problem is the vista can see the xp but wont allow me to see
    the files and the xp cant see the vista at all. plz help i am going insane.

    lauren, Mar 5, 2007
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  2. lauren

    James Wilson Guest

    Try installing the LLTD responder from Microsoft on your XP machine, and
    make sure both laptops are in the same workgroup.
    James Wilson, Mar 5, 2007
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  3. Hi Lauren,

    we can try a couple of things here

    - Ensure both the machines are on the same workgroup as James suggested.
    - On the Vista box, Start --> "Network" shows the XP m/c? If yes, when you
    try to double click on it, does it throw any error?
    - On the Vista machine, Start --> Run --> \\xpbox works?
    - On the Vista box, "Network and Sharing Center", turn on "Network
    Discovery" and "File and Printer Sharing" --> This should make your Vista box
    visible on your XP box.

    Please let me know the exact error and we can try to see if we can get this
    Sripresanna [MSFT], Mar 5, 2007
  4. Sorry to butt in here but I can see the XP boxes from my Vista box and the
    XP boxes can see the Vista box from "View workgroup computers" option in XP.
    The Vista box WILL allow me to send files to the XP ones or get them from
    there. The XP boxes cannot open anything on the Vista (business edition) box
    nor can they use the USB printer plugged into the Vista box even though file
    sharing is enabled and printer sharing is enabled. The network is all
    wireless and the wired NIC on the Vista box, as it isn't in use, is
    disabled. All machines are static IPs and all get internet through the
    wireless router, wirelessly. The XP machines can swap files and alter files
    on each other just fine.

    Any idea how to fix this one please?
    Diamontina Cocktail, Mar 6, 2007
  5. Hi,

    did we check if "Password protection" is enabled on the Vista machine
    (Network and Sharing Center)? If it is enabled, then we can try having the
    same user id & password on the Vista and XP boxes.

    Do let me know if this works.

    Sripresanna [MSFT], Mar 9, 2007
  6. Yep did all that. Turned out to be Zone Alarm Pro, though not starting at
    startup, interfering with networking.
    Diamontina Cocktail, Mar 10, 2007
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