Vista-XP network misery. Can anyone help?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by Zarathustra, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Zarathustra

    Zarathustra Guest

    OK, I bet you see fifty of these every week, but humor me on this,
    'cause I'm tearing my hair out.

    I'm trying to set up a wireless network. The Linksys router connects
    directly to the desktop, which is running XP Professional. The remote
    computer, a laptop, is running Vista. As things stand, both computers
    can use the Internet; the laptop can "see" the files on the Desktop
    over the network, but not vice versa. The XP Desktop doesn't even show
    the Laptop on the network. No matter what I do, I can't get printer
    sharing to work.

    To sum up:

    Desktop: Windows XP Professional
    Laptop: Windows Vista Home
    Linksys router
    Avast anti-virus, Windows firewall

    What am I missing here? What do I have to do to get file and printer
    sharing working properly, in both directions? I've set up networks
    before with no problems, but this one has me stumped.

    All help gratefully received.
    Zarathustra, Jul 6, 2009
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  2. Zarathustra

    bill lord Guest

    The only way that I can get my Xp machine to be able to access
    anything on my Vista machine is to make sure that all the accounts on
    each macine are mirrired on the other machine and that the passwords
    on one machine are the same as on the other. As soon as I di that all
    problems ceased.
    Bill Lord
    I've taken a vow of poverty To annoy me send money

    e-mail messages to bill dot lord at uku dot co dot uk
    ( Get rid of the spaces and use symbols for the hyphen at and dots )
    bill lord, Jul 6, 2009
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  3. Zarathustra

    Zarathustra Guest

    I can't even get the network itself to show up on the XP Network
    Connections screen. At my wit's end here.
    Zarathustra, Jul 7, 2009
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