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Solved: How to find network computers from a Win7 system

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Alex Ethridge, May 7, 2010.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    Microsoft seems very fond of introducing new riddles with each new release of Windows.

    How does one search for WinXP and Win2000 computers on a network from a Windows 7 system? I've tried everything I can think of. Sometimes they just show up and sometimes not. I'm currently dealing with one of the "nots" and I can't discover a way to search for a computer by name.
     
  2. antech

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    I currently have the same problem,Alex
     
  3. TheOutcaste

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    To search for a Computer by name:
    Click Start | Computer
    Type \\PCName in the location bar (not the search box) and press Enter

    To Search by IP Address use \\IPAddress
     
  4. Alex Ethridge

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    Like I said, it's a new set of riddles with every new release. I think someone at Microsoft is rocking back with a knee-slapping laugh at us, knowing how much trouble we're having doing simple tasks.

    I must have read at least a twenty pages I found in Google and didn't find this.

    Thanks, I found the computer.
     
  5. antech

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    Sorry to ask TheOutCaste,
    But it didnt worked for me
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

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    Did you use the leading \\ (two backslashes)?
     
  7. TheOutcaste

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    That method of finding computers has actually been around since Win95. Never was documented in an easily found manner that I recall, it's not in the Win95 help file.
    Guess they figured it's been around so long now that they didn't need to document it.

    I can't tell you (read as won't admit to) how many times I still try to use Start | Search, or right click a folder and look for Search on the context menu.

    @antech, if PC2 can't be found from PC1, could be any number of things.
    Start with the basics and make sure you can ping both ways by IP address, then by name.
    Can PC1 ping PC2 by IP and Name?
    Can PC2 ping PC1 by IP and Name?
    If there is another PC (PC3), can it see both PC1 and PC2, or only one of them?

    On PC2 I'd check these things first:
    TCP/IP not installed
    firewall blocking access
    File and Printer sharing not installed
    Server service not running
    Can PC2 see other computers, or access the internet?
     
  8. antech

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    Oh,bad news for me TheOutCaste,
    the mobo on my PC gave up!
     
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