Networking problem between Vista and XP machines

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Peevee4444, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. Peevee4444

    Peevee4444 Guest

    I am using a Lenovo notebook with Windows Vista Buisines preloaded and I am
    unable to view XP machines or share files/printers on my network. This
    problem ocurrs at my home and office which both have simple wireless networks
    that run through wireless routers. I never had a problem sharing files and
    printers with my XP notebook. I am however able to access the internet
    through these networks. Any suggestions?
    Peevee4444, Mar 6, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    1. Make sure all firewalls are configured to allow the lan as trusted.
    Recent antivirus programs have a firewall component so can slip under
    the radar and go unnoticed.

    2. Refer to this site for exact instructions for the Vista machine's setup:

    3. Make sure all machines are in the same Workgroup. This did not matter
    with older MS operating systems but apparently does with Vista.

    4. Create identical user accounts and passwords on all machines.

    Malke, Mar 7, 2007
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    Peevee4444 Guest

    It turns out it was Norton was running a firewall that I didn't know about so
    problem solved, thank you.
    Peevee4444, Mar 7, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    Ah ha! And you're the umpty-umph person this has happened to. I'm so
    glad you got it sorted. Thanks for taking the time to post the solution.

    Malke, Mar 7, 2007
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    Lou Guest

    Thanks for the reference for Vista machine's setup. Vista is new and
    finding one's way around is time consuming. Excellent reference.

    One point I've read very often is that one needs identical user
    accounts and passwords on XP systems to share files. That is not the
    case. XP Home, XP Pro and Vista can share files for reading and
    updating without user accounts and passwords on all machines. It is
    much easier to maintain and safe if one is behind routers and
    Lou, Mar 9, 2007
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