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cant see my networked computers

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jtn3833, Oct 2, 2005.

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  1. jtn3833

    jtn3833 Thread Starter

    Dec 29, 2000
    I don't know why I have trouble with this, I'm pretty tech savvy but for some reason I cannot get my XP system and Win98 to recognize eachother on my network. The network is working because they both share a router and both can access the web fine but for some reason I cannot set it up to swap files between the two systems.
    Does anyone know of a good website with a tutorial that might help. I've tried many, many times and it just isn't happening (I even resorted to following the instructions which came with the router).

  2. blin


    Aug 3, 2003
    Assuming you can ping each other by IP by not the hoostname. it could be the name resolution issue. You may try to enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

    MS provides many options for NetBIOS name resolution such as local cache ... NetBIOS and WINS name resolution is required only on mixed-mode (Windows 95, ...
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Checklist for networking Windows Machines with TCP/IP
    - PCs which are not XP must have TCP/IP installed.
    - Each PC must have a unique computer name.
    - Each PC must have a network share defined.
    - ALL NICS must be on the same subnet (e.g. IP 192.168.0.* subnet mask
    - XP PCs must have Netbios over TCP/IP enabled (only essential for XP to talk to W9X PCs).
    - MS Client and file & printer sharing must be enabled on each machine.
    - All NICs must have their node type = anything except p-node (peer to peer, or point-point).
    * To check, open a command prompt and type IPCONFIG /ALL.
    - XP's ICF firewall is permanently disabled. (Only necessary for pre XP SP2).
    - All 3rd party firewalls are disabled, uninstalled and deleted (until connection is working).
    - PCs have the same workgroup (helps, but not essential for XP/2K, necessary for 9X/ME).

    Allow 15 mins after rebooting a PC for that PC to appear in the workgroup, or
    for it to see all other PCs. Or you can search for the PC by its computer name.

    Additional things to check if you still have problems:
    - Check your Services are Started on all PCs: Workstation, Server, TCP/IP Netbios helper, Computer Browser.
    - XP gives access to its shares via the Net Guest Account. (Note, not the same as the local guest account in user accounts which should be off). Net Guest Account is enabled by default in XP, but to check it, open a command prompt and type: NET USER GUEST
    Should return a line with 'Account active yes'.

    Check XP Security policies:
    - Access this computer from the network: add guest
    - Deny logon locally: remove guest
    - Network access:Sharing and security model... -> Guest only
    - Deny access to this computer from the network-> check Guest is not here.
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