Vista Home premium home network with XP using workgroup (no domain

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Rick, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Rick

    Rick Guest

    I tried te establish a network between a laptop with Vista Home Premium, by
    using a hub and two other computers, one (PC) with XP pro and one (laptop) XP
    Both other computers recognize the Vista laptop in the workgroup but the
    Vista laptop doesn't recognize one of them. I want to work with shared maps.

    Support told me that Vista Home Premium can work in a wortkgroup but after
    trying a lot of hours i still haven't found the solution. Who can give me a
    I am Dutch but the answers or hint can be given in Englisch, Dutch or German.

    Thanks !.
    Rick, Mar 19, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    Yes, Home Premium can work just fine in a Workgroup. Usually problems
    are caused by firewalls being misconfigured. Make sure you are only
    using one firewall on each machine and it is configured to allow the
    local area network as trusted.

    Here is a link which explains networking with Vista very well:

    Since you have a mixed network with one of the machines being XP Pro,
    also see this:

    If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center:

    a. If you need Pro's ability to set fine-grained permissions, turn off
    Simple File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab) and create identical user
    accounts/passwords on all computers.

    b. If you don't care about using Pro's advanced features, leave the
    Simple File Sharing enabled.

    Simple File Sharing means that Guest (network) is enabled. This means
    that anyone without a user account on the target system can use its
    resources. This is a security hole but only you can decide if it matters
    in your situation.

    Then create shares as desired. XP Home does not permit sharing of users'
    home directories (My Documents) or Program Files, but you can share
    folders inside those directories. A better choice is to simply use the
    Shared Documents folder.

    I think the simplest way to handle networking in your situation is to
    create identical user accounts/passwords on all machines. You can always
    set the machines to log in automatically later if you prefer. Use the
    control userpasswords2 method here:

    Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

    Malke, Mar 19, 2007
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    Mary Guest

    Just a simple thing to check--XP used MSHOME as the default workgroup name,
    while Vista uses WORKGROUP. Change it to the same name on all machines.
    Mary, Mar 19, 2007
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