Networking Between Vista and XP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by G.Freeman, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. G.Freeman

    G.Freeman Guest

    I use a XP Home SP2 desktop as my primary computer and I have recently bought
    a Vista Home Premium x32 laptop. I use a Netgear 802.11g router. My main
    desktop connects to the router through a hard ethernet line and the laptop
    connects wirelessly. I want to enable file sharing between the two computers.
    What do I do?

    ps. One big problem here is that even though I've installed the LLTD hotfix
    for my XP computer, it does not show up in the Network folder/control panel
    while I CAN see it in the Networking and Sharing Center's full network map.
     
    G.Freeman, Jan 21, 2008
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  2. G.Freeman

    Mick Murphy Guest

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727037.aspx

    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
    Docs)

    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 21, 2008
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    zmzainal Guest

     
    zmzainal, Jan 21, 2008
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  4. G.Freeman

    zmzainal Guest

    I have tried a bunch of changes to get my Vista to display the other
    computers and devices. Finally, discovered that it was firewall conflicy
    between Windows firewall and Norton firewall that is blocking the network
    communication.

    After disabling the Noton's firewall, all the other computer on my network
    appeared.
    Try it and hopefully it works for you too...Good Luck.
     
    zmzainal, Jan 21, 2008
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  5. Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Jan 21, 2008
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