XP cannot see Vista, Vista can see XP (but very slowly)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Chris Jones, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Guest

    I have two XP Pro PC's and a new Vista Business notebook on my home network.
    The Vista PC can see the two XP PC's and copy files from them, but very
    slowly. Sometimes, the Vista PC just displays "Not Responding" for what seems
    a very long time. Neither of the XP PC's can connect to the Vista PC shares.
    The message that apears is as follows:-

    \\PCName is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this
    network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you
    have access permissions.

    Access is denied.

    I have set up the new Vista PC in exactly the same way as the two XP PC's,
    using the same workgroup name, and defining shares on the Vista PC.
    Chris Jones, Feb 25, 2007
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    April Guest

    we cant get vista to see our xp computers, for file sharing is there anything
    that you had to do in your home network to get vista to see your existing
    home network?
    April, Feb 25, 2007
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  3. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Guest

    As I said in my original post, I did the exact same thing as I have done in
    Win2k and WinXP. Unfortunately, Vista does not connect very well to XP at
    all, so the connection that is there is pretty useless.
    Chris Jones, Feb 25, 2007
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    Kim [MS] Guest

    Kim [MS], Feb 26, 2007
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    Shell Guest

    Eventually, that article gets to the 'How-To', but assumes that the reader is
    connecting the printer to another Vista machine. Not everyone who bought a
    new computer and with no choice but Vista for an OS uppgraded their whole
    network to Vista.

    Some have XP, and some have 98SE and some have all three - I being the
    latter and I can tell you, Vista sucks when it comes to doing anything
    outside of it's own ego - especially since every hardware and software
    manufacturer is scrambling to meet the psychotic needs of Vista.

    Shell, Feb 27, 2007
  6. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Guest

    Unfortunately, that article did not help. Neither of my XP machines can
    access my Vista PC. They both see it in Microsoft Windows Network, but
    connecting to it generates the error I noted above.

    When I open a command window in either XP box and type net view \\vistapc, I
    merely get the response:-

    "System error 5 has occurred.

    Access is denied"

    What do I have to do on the Vista PC to correct this obvious error????

    If no-one here can give me a satisfactory answer, I will have to go back to
    Windows XP on my new PC and wait another year or so until Microsoft fix this
    (maybe in SP2).
    Chris Jones, Mar 3, 2007
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    Shell Guest


    I was finally able to get my XO and Vista to communicate. I found I had to
    go into the Public folder on Vista, and as Admin, Share that folder and
    others below it. I also changed the defauklt Workgroup to my defined Network
    group. I can't yet use the \\vista but I canif I use my network on XP to see

    As for sharing the printer, I was able to manage to do this too, but wasn't
    worth it because, when I print rom XP to the Vista printer, it takes about 4
    minutes for Vista allow, then print. Faster to run it off to a print shop
    somewhere :) HP tells me they are working hard to get a working driver so my
    printer performs better with Vista.

    Like you, I considered putting XP on here, but it's a Duo Core HP and as I
    understand it, hard to find XP drivrs for it - stuck, with Vista until
    SP2,Version 6.12, Rev 5.7 Beta 9 is out.

    Shell, Mar 3, 2007
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    BWalton Guest

    My vista comp connects via a D-Link gateway to the internet - as does my old
    xp pro comp. Both desktops connect fine to the net. My printers, connected to
    the xp machine, work well and are 'shared', but neither printer can be
    activated from the vista desktop - ie the print command on the vista does not
    produce a printed document. Obviously, both desktops are on and connected via
    ethernet cdables to the D-link 'gateway. Incidentally, on trhe vista, the
    network map identifies the old xp machine!!
    BWalton, Mar 5, 2007
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