XP Home and Vista Home Networking

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by natalie, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. natalie

    natalie Guest

    Can a pc running Vista Home be setup to network with another pc running XP
    Home? Dell is informing me that the two HOME additions cannot file/print
    share, that you would have to purchase the Business addition, but I don't see
    why not? If this is possible, can some detail the steps to ensure successful
    networking between the two.

    natalie, Mar 12, 2007
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    Jason H Guest

    They can be networked without a problem. I have a Vista Home Premium machine
    and 2 XP Home machines on my home network and share files and a printer
    Jason H, Mar 12, 2007
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    BillW Guest

    I have exactly the same setup. My 2 XP computers are Dells that are
    networking with a Vista computer. They all see each other and share files
    and printers.
    BillW, Mar 12, 2007
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    Dana-Marie Guest

    In that case, can you please tell me how on earth you got it to work? I have
    installed the LLTP on my xp machine, I can see my xp computer but I can't
    touch it or access files. What did you do to make it work??? Anyone?
    Dana-Marie, Mar 13, 2007
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    Jason H Guest

    Are the computers in the same workgroup? Have you selected any folders or
    drives to share? I've heard a lot of people having success using Network
    Magic from http://www.networkmagic.com/.
    Jason H, Mar 13, 2007
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    Dorothy Guest

    Please some one help i have Vista home prem. and my husband has windows xp
    home help how to we set it up right. i can get on the internet but he can not
    see my things we downloaded the lltd or what ever that file was called. is
    there a book some where i did not get good instrustions with this computer
    Dorothy, Mar 13, 2007
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    BillW Guest

    Got to the following link and follow the setup instructions very carefully.
    Then check your firewall settings - even turn it off to make sure that
    everything is okay if it's anything other than the Window firewall. Windows
    firewall will handle everything automatically. Good luck

    BillW, Mar 13, 2007
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    Dana-Marie Guest

    Thanks Bill and Jason. I had already tried that link Bill, now I will try
    Jason's networkmagic suggestion. So far I have done absolutely EVERYTHING.
    I have completely disabled all firewalls, set shared folders, made the
    workgroup names and netowrk names all match. I've done the usb flash tricks
    where it copies your network settings and puts them on each computer, I've
    done the xp thing where you insert the xp cd on vista and follow the network
    settings there... I have SERIOUSLY DONE IT ALL and it still does not freaking
    work. I spent 7 hours straight on Monday doing this, I even ate dinner at my
    desk... I'm going insane. Natalie and Dorothy I feel your pain. If anyone
    has more suggestions, I'm all ears. Give me another week and I'm
    uninstalling vista and putting xp on. I'd throw my new laptop out the
    freakin window if it wasn't so damn expensive. Thanks everyone. Do you
    think Microsoft will allow me to say MICROSOFT SUCKS on their own website?
    Dana-Marie, Mar 14, 2007
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    Dana-Marie Guest

    I finally did get my file sharing to work, sort of. I can now share files
    from xp to vista. I still can not share from vista to xp though. The xp
    machine says that I need 'permission' from the network administrator. I
    guess I'll have to ask myself for permission the next time I see me. Dorothy
    and Natalie, I solved part of the problem by reseting and reconfiguring my
    wireless router. It seems there was a setting error there. I don't think
    that WEP is encryption compatible with Vista, that's just a guess. Sorry to
    Microsoft for saying you suck, but thanks for giving me the liberty to do so.
    Once I figure out how to get vista to share with xp, I'll completely retract
    my comment.
    Dana-Marie, Mar 15, 2007
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    Kim [MS] Guest


    I'm sorry you're experiencing trouble. Please run a quick check of the
    - Ensure every machine is in the same workgroup and same subnet
    - Ensure only one firewall is enabled per machine
    - Set Network Category to Home/Work (Private)
    - Ensure every user account has a non-empty password
    - Create the same user account (with the same password) on all machines
    - Ensure password protected sharing is ON
    - Use 'Sharing Wizard' to create/manage shares

    Please post back with the result.

    Kim [MS], Mar 28, 2007
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    Len Guest

    Hi Kim, does it matter if your using XP media on your machines or home
    version? there isn't anyplace to set passwords up on those machines for
    networking access it is set to give everyone access and it is set to allow
    users to change files. I have turned off windows firewall and have McAfee's
    firewall running. The two XP Media machines can talk to each other but my
    Vista Premium Home version can't talk to either of them and they can't talk
    to this machine. I can see the other two machines but can't access either of
    them. Not sure what to do next.
    Len, Jun 20, 2007
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