Network between XP & Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by marklouca, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. I have exactly same problem with Brett Chandler and set off firewalls for
    both computers as well. Still, can see xp but not get into the files from
    vista while vice versa works fine; I can open vista follders from xp but not
    xp folder from vista. getting tired after days and nights work on this....

    kimberly in oregon, Jun 9, 2008
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    big_al Guest

    Hi all. Your postings have really helped me get to a certain point, but I'm
    still having trouble. I am a bit of a novice at this. I have a home network
    with 2 XP machines, a linksys print server and a wireless DSL modem/router.
    I have been using the XP machines in network mode for some time now, sharing
    files. I have just bought a HP laptop running Vista which is connected
    wirelessly to the router, the other two machines are wired. I have done
    eveything according to what you have written, including the LLTD doownload,
    but I'm still having difficulties. I have been able to see the shared files
    on one of the XP computers using start>start search>\\computername, but not
    the other. I can successfully ping all the devices on the network from the
    Vista machine but I can't ping the vista machine from any of the XP machines.
    I can access the internet from all the machines. Also, in the network and
    sharing centre on the vista machine the location keeps changing from
    <networkname> private network to <identifying...> public network and back
    again!!!??? I'm really quite confused by this. any help appreciated.
    big_al, Jun 9, 2008
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    praveeng Guest

    I am using windows vista home and also getting some useful informs and
    functions to be executed in windows Xp which i cannot run .So i need help as
    how to run the XP programme in windows vista home ,i am using.Plsuggest the
    solution at the eraliest.
    praveeng, Jun 17, 2008
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    Cheeseman Guest

    I am checking to see if you have had any luck with your connection issues. I
    am having nearly the exact issue, and would love to know your fix.

    Cheeseman, Aug 19, 2008
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    Kapil Muley Guest

    Hi All,

    I am using Vista and i am not able to see my network computers running on
    XP. I ran a hotfix on XP and i could locate Vista based computers on XP..

    But Vista based computers could not locate the XP computers...

    Hoe to troubleshoot this problem...

    Please help me with the solution..

    Preferably email on

    Thanks a lot..
    Kapil Muley, May 3, 2009
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    Malke Guest

    Sorry, no free email support. And now that you've posted your unmunged email
    on Usenet, expect a lot more spam.

    For next time: - how to munge email

    For the networking:

    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.

    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 this:

    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, May 3, 2009
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    Tae Song Guest

    Check your firewall settings, look for File and Print Sharing.
    Tae Song, May 30, 2009
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