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Solved: Print and file sharing XP to Vista

Discussion in 'Networking' started by raidencmc, May 12, 2007.

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  1. raidencmc

    raidencmc Thread Starter

    Mar 4, 2007
    I am trying to at the very least share a printer but if I could share files to that would be great. I have my printer connected to my desktop running Vista which is connected to the my router. Then I have a laptop which is connected to the router wirelessly. I have done all that I can think of to get it to work and nothing comes of it. They are both in the same workgroup and I have the desktop set for print sharing. But it just won't work. When I try to add a printer on the laptop and I browse for a printer it finds my desktop but not the printer. Any help would be great.
  2. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    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's and completely uninstall any other firewall software. You can always add more complexity after you get it working.

    7. With XP, 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 network XP can be found at:

    9. More details on networking Vista can be found at:

    10. More details about how to troubleshoot TCP/IP networks can be found at:

    There continues to be a lot of misinformation about needing NetBEUI or to changing the NetBIOS setting. You can ignore both. Installing NetBEUI to solve a networking problem will just mask a some underlying and potentially important misconfiguration with TCP/IP. The default NetBIOS setting usually works. If browsing is a problem, you might set it to Enabled. But do not Disable it.
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