VISTA - Connecting to another computer on home network

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Nick, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. Nick

    Nick Guest

    I recently installed VISTA (by Staples Easy Tech).

    My network includes 1 VISTA machine and 3 OS X machines.

    In Computer, I see the icons for the OS X machines. When I try to connect to
    any of them, the user/pass authentication box appears, I type the username
    and password, and Vista always reports that the connection was unsuccessful.

    I then notice in one the "username" line that Vista has changed my
    "username" from what I typed, to: "VistaMachinename\username" .

    I don't get the need to alter my typing...

    I do need to get back to work and be able to share files between my Mac and
    Windows machines, like I was able to under 2000 and XP.
    Nick, Feb 12, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    You need to make these changes to work with Samba (used by OS X):

    To enable Windows Vista to connect to Mac OS X (or any *nix) with
    Windows File Sharing enabled, you will need to change the following
    policy in Windows Vista:

    Start>Run>secpol.msc [enter]

    Click on "Local Policies" --> "Security Options"

    Navigate to the policy "Network Security: LAN Manager authentication
    level" and double-click it to get its Properties. By default Windows
    Vista sets the policy to "NTVLM2 responses only". Use the drop-down
    arrow to change this to "LM and NTLM – use NTLMV2 session security if

    In Vista Home Premium, you won't have this tool so per MVP Steve
    Winograd, do:

    1. Run the registry editor and open this key:


    1. If it doesn't already exist, create a DWORD value named

    3. Set the value to 1

    4. Reboot

    Malke, Feb 12, 2007
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    Nick Guest

    Your FIX did work! Thank You.

    I have VISTA Home Premium, no Start>Run box, but typing "run" in the Search
    box did bring up the traditional Run box, and while Registry Edit(or) did not
    yield any results... I did remember 10-15 yrs ago someone using the term
    "regedit" which did work.

    Being a Final Cut Pro video editor, I don't have a lot of time nor interest
    to fiddle around with such core fixes on Windows.

    If Microsoft/Windows wants to get in the space age, it might consider the
    elementray principle of networking: we small business people spend money on
    computers to use them to work.

    Networking should be "on" and working, out of the box.

    Again, Thank You for the fix, it worked.
    Nick, Feb 12, 2007
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    Karl H Geng Guest

    Great hint -- thanks I had the same problem -- Karl
    Karl H Geng, Feb 13, 2007
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    BSchnur Guest

    By the way, with the Business/Enterprise/Ultimate versions you can get
    to this via menus -- Control Panel - Administration and from there.
    BSchnur, Feb 13, 2007
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    Nick Guest

    By The Way -

    After applying the fix, i was able to connect to the OS X machines from
    Vista, but not from the OS X machines to Vista.

    I do have a printer on the Vista machine that I would like to share with the
    OS X machines.
    Nick, Feb 13, 2007
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    Nick Guest

    While the FIX worked so that I can connect from VISTA to OS X machines, I
    canNOT connect from OS X to VISTA machine.

    Also, I am therefore not able to see the Epson printer connected to the
    Vista machine from the OS X machines. I'd like to print that way, to save on

    Is Bill monitoring these posts? I need connectivity!
    Nick, Feb 13, 2007
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