Help required. Networking vista and xp machines.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by John Schmidt, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. John Schmidt

    John Schmidt Guest

    I am not very tech savvy so telling me to read nebulous microsoft news
    bulletins will not help me. With that out of the way, I need assistance in
    networking my old xp box to my new vista laptop. Both are connected to the
    internet using a wireless router. I can't even get these two computers to
    see each other!! I even tried using a cross over cable but probably botched
    that as well. (Seems that I lost my internet connection on my xp box in doing
    this) Please lay out some simple steps I can possible take to get these
    machines talking.
    John Schmidt, Jul 13, 2008
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  2. John Schmidt

    Mick Murphy Guest

    Have a read below. Have a look at the link as well!

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

    Permissions/Share info is there as well.

    If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
    sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
    Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

    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 (passwords can be different) 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, or a Vista computer.

    Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
    Wizard to include Vista in your “New†Network, even if you had an XP Network
    set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
    work for XP machines!).

    In “My Network Placesâ€: “Set up a Home or Small Office Networkâ€
    OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
    and Printer Sharing.
    Mick Murphy, Jul 13, 2008
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  3. Hi
    Successful Sharing involves some general consideration in Network settings,
    As well as specific adjustment of each computer according to what it is
    allowed to be shared.
    Vista File and Printer Sharing-
    Windows XP File Sharing -;en-us;304040
    Printer Sharing XP -
    Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -
    Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista -
    Jack (MVP-Networking).
    Jack \(MVP-Networking\)., Jul 14, 2008
  4. John Schmidt

    John Schmidt Guest

    Thank you. I have resolved my sharing issues with your information and am
    currently picking the brain of my old pc. Kind of like moving where you get
    to throw out all the old trash.

    Cheers mate, hoist a pint for me.
    John Schmidt, Jul 14, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Cheers; I'll have a couple for you, too!
    Mick Murphy, Jul 14, 2008
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