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Networking Vista and XP computers

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by lalinka, Mar 21, 2007.

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  1. lalinka

    lalinka Thread Starter

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    My Vista computer reads the XP computer but the XP does not read the Vista.
    So I can share files only one way...How do I fix that??
    Thanks
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  2. crjdriver

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    Have you tried disabling any software firewall to see if that is the problem?
    What error message do you get when you try to access the vista system?
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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    The basics for troubleshooting are:

    1. Make sure you have the same IP scheme (e.g. 192.168.0.x).

    2. Make sure you have the same Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS IP addresses.

    3. Make sure you can ping the other computer's IP address. If this fails, just for testing, make sure you turn off XP's as well as any other firewall.

    4. Make sure you can ping the other computers by name.

    5. Make sure you have the same workgroup name (watch for trailing spaces)

    6. For troubleshooting purposes, turn off XP and Vista's firewall and completely uninstall any other firewall software. You can always add more complexity after you get it working.

    7. Make sure you have the same username and password as the person logging onto the other computers. The default setting for XP Pro is to require a password for network access.

    8. More details about how to troubleshoot TCP/IP networks can be found at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/trouble.htm

    More details about how to network XP can be found at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_network.htm

    Information on networking Vista can be found at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/vista_network_sharing_center.htm
    and
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/vista_network.htm
     
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  5. Bob Cerelli

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    Yep. The picture was taken in my front doorway.

    Comes complete with a whopping 8 gig hard drive, 8" disks and Xenix (the DOS version of Linux ;-0 )
     
  6. lalinka

    lalinka Thread Starter

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    Bob, I checked the ip address. the Vista computer ends with 101 and the XP ends with 100. The subnet is the same numbers. The workgroup is the same in both. How do I ping by ip or by name I dont know how to do that..
    Thanks, Leah
     
  7. Rollin' Rog

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    I'm having the same problem and haven't really sorted it out. XP cannot see or access my User Name on Vista -- even though the directory shows as shared.

    It CAN access the "Public" shared directory perfectly well and so far this is an acceptable workaround when I want to move or share files from XP to Vista.

    Try ensuring that your "public" folder is shared on the network and see if it can be accessed.
     
  8. JohnWill

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    For one thing, Vista defaults to no password on the account, and it won't allow network access without a password, Catch-22. Put a password on your Vista account and see if that helps resolve the networking issue.
     
  9. Triple6

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    Very true, I couldn't get anywhere until I put on a password and then sharing suddenly worked.
     
  10. Bob Cerelli

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    Start / run / cmd
    then
    ping 192.168.0.100 (substitute with the other computer's actual value)

    ping name (substitute name with the other computer's name)
     
  11. Rollin' Rog

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    Not sure this is worth the hassle -- I really do not want to have enter a password everytime I reboot the computer. I do this on the XP Notebook as a security feature -- but avoid shutting down or rebooting unless I have to for some reason.
     
  12. Bob Cerelli

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    You don't need to have passwords on your user accounts with Vista. Can access shares over the network without them just fine.

    Now you might want them for other reasons but they are not required.
     
  13. Rollin' Rog

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    Ok, figure this one out.

    As a test I decided to create a password on the Vista account. I then checked the option to 'enable password protected sharing'.

    The directory immediately appeared accessible from the Notebook and I was not prompted for a password on either my account or the public account.

    The directory did NOT appear on the desktop and I WAS prompted for a password on the "public" account.

    I have removed the check for 'enable password protected sharing' and the account still is accessible form the Notebook.

    It has yet to show up on the desktop.

    HOWEVER -- If I type the address manually and run -- BINGO! I'm there.
    With that, it's easy to just create a shortcut with the addy, which I've done for the other locations as well.

    In the past this produced an access error using the same address.
     
  14. Bob Cerelli

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    Can you explain what a public account is? Also what operating system is on what computer and what folders are being shared.
     
  15. Rollin' Rog

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    It's just the "shared folders" account which is identified as "public"
     

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