Vista Home Premium Can Not Connect To Existing XP File Share

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by MarkinGA, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. MarkinGA

    MarkinGA Guest

    This will sound like all the recent vista share connection issues except with
    a twist. First a description of home network equipment. The router is an
    SMC model with usb print server. The PC's include a two year old home
    desktop with XP Media Center edition, a Vista Home Basic laptop purchased
    last June, a brand new Vista Home Premium laptop received in the last two
    weeks, a PIII 866 desktop with Win2K and lastly an ancient Thinkpad laptop
    with Win2K.

    Until the Home Premium machine showed up ALL of the other machines could see
    each other and file copying could be performed in any direction. The
    Thinkpad finally died and was the reason for the new Home Premium purchase.
    I configured the premium machine same as all the others with workgroup name
    etc and one of the first things I tried was to connect to my biggest share
    source on the XP desktop. I click the machine name which shows in the
    Network window and get a login window. I type the same name and password to
    login to the share as I always have from any other machine and the window
    refreshes with an error message about user unknown. In the name field I
    noticed that the path\name changes to \\LAPTOP_NAME\Mark? The window itself
    still shows the desktop machines name in the border across the top? I've
    tried changing the path to \\Desktop_name\Mark and receive the same error
    message about user unknown. I have done a ton of research and seen all the
    stuff about current issues and patch suggestions with the LLDT upgrade on the
    XP machine. I have not installed that upgrade and here is why. I have the
    premium machines firewall/sharing etc settings set identical to my daughters
    out of the box home basic machine and her machine can connect to the XP
    machines shares all day long???? Any suggestions would certainly be
    appreciated. TIA. - Mark
    MarkinGA, Jan 11, 2008
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    MattK Guest

    have the exact same problem trying to get a new vista home premium laptop to
    access shares on xp pro machines.
    I have installed the LLDT on a couple of xp machines. I don't think it has
    any functionality other than to let Vista create a graphical map of your
    network that includes the xp machines.
    There seem to be a lot these problems in recent days (but no solutions).
    Could a patch that microsoft pushed out on windows update be the cause of
    this? Or has this problem always existed?
    MattK, Jan 11, 2008
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  3. You may want to create the same username e.g. mark on all computers. Or this
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    Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Jan 11, 2008
  4. MarkinGA

    Chuck [MVP] Guest


    If introducing a different computer into the mix is the primary cause of a
    problem, I'd suspect a segmented browse domain caused by a master browser
    conflict. If you wish, you can read about the NT browser (no, we're not
    discussing Internet Explorer or a competitor). The browser lets each computer
    "see" the others.

    Note that LLTD gives Vista computers the ability to see other computers running
    either Windows Vista or Windows XP - not Windows 2000. And that ability in the
    Network Map only, not Windows Explorer (nka "Network").

    If you like, you can diagnose the problem using logs from "browstat status" and
    "ipconfig /all". Read this article, and linked articles, and follow
    instructions precisely (Download browstat, and note how to start a command
    window under Windows Vista!):

    Chuck, MS-MVP 2005-2007 [Windows - Networking]
    Paranoia is not a problem, when it's a normal response from experience.
    My email is AT DOT
    actual address pchuck mvps org.
    Chuck [MVP], Jan 11, 2008
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