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Solved: Network Connection Problem

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by coover, Jan 25, 2009.

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  1. coover

    coover Thread Starter

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    My laptop, all of a sudden, will not connect with any other computer within it's workgroup. This is new behavior. It has always been able to do so.

    In fact, when I go to "Network", when I click on any of the computers in the workgroup, I get an error message ... see the attached photo. I even get the error message when I try to open the shared file on the laptop which is named "Acerlaptop".

    If I go to the other computers in the workgroup, I can actually open the shared files on Acerlaptop.

    Going to the "Network and Sharing Center", I find that the connected network is "Private", Network Sharing is "On", File Sharing is "On", Public File Sharing is "On" and marked so that "anyone with network access can change and create files." Password Protected Sharing is "Off".

    I can ping the other computers from the laptop.
     

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    coover Thread Starter

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    Well, this wasn't the solution I was looking for, but I decided to try a "System Restore" and it has worked.

    But I found my firewall turned off (which I immediately turned back on) and, another surprise, now "Network Discovery" is marked as "Custom". I'm not sure what that means.

    If the computer continues to cause me problems. next week it will get a complete reformat ... but that is undecided for now.
     
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