One machine inaccessible

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by RipperT, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. RipperT

    RipperT Guest

    One of my computers has suddenly become unaccessible to the network.

    Laptop #1 XP SP2
    Laptop #2 Vista Home Premium
    Laptop #3 Windows 7 Home Premium
    Desktop #1 Windows 7 Enterprise
    Desktop #2 XP SP 2

    All connected and working previously - suddenly the XP Desktop says "MSHOME
    is not available. You might not have permission to use this network
    resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have
    access permissions." when I click My Network Places.

    Then it says (never seen this one before): "No more connections can be made
    to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many
    connections as the computer can accept."

    Don't know what to make of that. I've recycled power to the router and modem
    and rebooted. Router config page shows one entry for each machine except
    desktop #1 shows two entries.

    Turned off all firewalls and can ping each machine from each machine.
    Installed Windows updates. What should I do?


    RipperT, Jan 13, 2010
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  2. I am not sure all of these are one issue. Let us focus on "not accessible"
    first. If you run net view command on the XP desktop, do you receive "MSHOME
    is not available" message? If yes, check if the computer browser service is
    running and make sure NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled. Also, are all
    computers in the same workgroup name MSHOME?.

    Bob Lin, Microsoft-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
    Bob Lin \(MS-MVP\), Jan 13, 2010
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  3. RipperT

    RipperT Guest

    I am unfamiliar with the net view command, but I entered:

    net view \\computername

    at command prompt and hit enter and got this back:

    Desktop Disk
    HPPhotos5180 Print
    Printer Print
    My Documents Disk
    SharedDocs Disk
    HP Photosmart c5100 series
    Quicken PDF Printer

    No error msg saying MSHOME is not available. All machines are in the group


    RipperT, Jan 13, 2010
  4. Assuming you get "MSHOME is not available" message when click MSHOHE in XP
    Desktop, run "net view" (only). If you don't receive any errors, go back to
    My Network Places, click MSHOME again. Also posting the result of ipconfig
    /all on the xp desktop may help.

    Bob Lin, Microsoft-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
    Bob Lin \(MS-MVP\), Jan 14, 2010
  5. RipperT

    Ripper Guest

    Net view does not produce any errors. When I click My Network Places on all
    the machines, all the workgroup computers appear, and I can view all the
    shares on each, except the XP desktop. On that one, noen of the shares will
    open (except the printers), giving an error like "\\machinename\desktop is
    not available. You might not have permissions..." All of these shares were
    previously available.
    thanks again,
    Ripper, Jan 14, 2010
  6. Hi
    When configured on peer-to-peer Network.Win 7 has three types of Sharing
    Home Network = Works only between Win 7 computers. This type of
    configuration makes it very easy to Entry Level Users to start Network
    Work Network = Basically similar to the previous methods of sharing that let
    you control what, how, and to whom folders would be shared with.
    Public Sharing = Public Network (like Internet cafe) to reduce security
    The Work Network is the one that most of us are going (and need) to use.
    Win 7 Work Network's Sharing settings are in principle similar to Vista's
    configuration (some menu in locations in Win 7 might be in different place,
    and look a little different, but it should not be a problem for a compute to
    So, maybe this can Help.
    Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
    traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
    be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
    on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
    Firewall instructions.
    General example,
    Windows 7 Work Network,
    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 (Not need for XP-SP3) -
    When finished with the setting of the system it is advisable to Reboot all
    the hardware including Router and all computers involved.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).
    Jack [MVP-Networking], Jan 14, 2010
  7. RipperT

    RipperT Guest

    I appreciate the help, but there are no problems with the Win 7 machines;
    the problem lies only the XP SP3 desktop. ('The MSHOME is not available'
    error is now gone). All machines can see each other and each other's shares,
    but the XP desktop's shares cannot be accessed by any machines, including
    the XP Desktop. XP Desktop has 2 printers which ARE accessible, and 3 shares
    which generate the error \\machine_name\share_name is not accessible. I have
    rebooted all machines and router and modem many times...

    How can a machine not access it's own shares via My Network Places? Someone
    please help, I need access to this computer over the network.

    Thank you,

    RipperT, Jan 15, 2010
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    RipperT Guest

    RipperT, Jan 16, 2010
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