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Solved: Trouble networking WinXP and Vista Computer

Discussion in 'Networking' started by madhartigan, Jun 1, 2008.

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  1. madhartigan

    madhartigan Thread Starter

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    Hi.

    I was hoping to find some assistance with a problem.

    I have a computer that I just installed Windows XP on and another that I just installed Vista Ultimate x64 on.

    I'm unable to get the Windows XP computer to see the Vista Computer.

    When I go to "My Network Places" on the XP computer and click the "View workgroup computers" link, I get the following error:

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    • Both computers are connected by wire to a Buffalo WZR2-G300N router named "Alexandra".
    • I've set both of their Workgroup names to WORKGROUP.
    • I've run the File and Printer sharing Wizard on the XP computer
    • There are no third-party firewalls active on either computer
    • Windows Firewall is disabled on both computers
    • Both computers have the same username and password and I'm the Administrator on both.
    • Both computers can ping each other with no problems.
    • I've shared a folder on my XP computer
    • All of the necessary Sharing and Discovery Buttons in Vista are Green (On)
    • The Vista computer, when I view the map, shows the XP computer, see below:

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    Here's a picture of how the XP computer is setup on the network:

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    I'm at a loss as to what I can do to remedy this problem. I would appreciate any help that can be offered.

    TIA!!
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Assuming you've enabled file and printer sharing on the XP it is most likely a 3rd party firewall (security suite) blocking. Also ...

    Make sure the following services are running (Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services). The Startup Type on my machine is 'Automatic' except for the one indicated.

    Computer Browser
    DHCP Client
    DNS Client
    Network Location Awareness (Startup Type 'Manual')
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    Server
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    Workstation
     
  3. madhartigan

    madhartigan Thread Starter

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    Thank you very much for the reply!!

    Yes, File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is enabled on both computers

    Considering that both installs are fresh installs with nothing loaded after the install besides mobo drivers and updates there's no way a third-party firewall could be installed on either computer.

    All of the services you listed are running automatically on both computers except for the NLA which is Manual on the XP computer and Automatic on the Vista computer.

    Thank you again for the reply and I hope you can provide additional diagnostics that can narrow down what may be my problem.
     
  4. HCD

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    Problem probably down to fact that the Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder component is not installed on your Windows XP-based computer. Rather than clogging up this page with what that means click on following link and it should give you all the answers! (I hope !)

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922120
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Actually, LLTD does nothing but put the XP computers into Vista's eye-candy map, it does nothing for file/print sharing.
     
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  7. madhartigan

    madhartigan Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the great suggestion HCP!!

    Unfortunately, that file is also included automatically with the SP3 update, therefore when I tried to install it, I was told that a newer version was installed with the update.

    JohnWill, I sure wish the file did more than provide the eye-candy, which, as can be seen in my screenshot of the Vista Network Map is fully functioning. That's what's bugging me. The Network Map shows the XP computer (Computer-xxxxxxx) but I'm unable to do anything beyond that.

    HCP, I'll read through the link you provided. It looks like some good information. Hopefully that will work but, keep an eye on this thread in case I'm still stuck. Do you happen to remember what file you downloaded in order to make networking work?


    EDIT: I don't know what to say but I just went back to the computer and attempted to go to the Network and Sharing Center (which I usually do by going to My Network, then click the Network and Sharing Center link at the top). Well when "My Network" opened up, the shares randomly showed up. I'm able to see them from XP as well. I know I didn't change anything. It just randomly started working. I don't know what would explain this, I'm just happy that it works.

    Thank you to everyone for helping.
     
  8. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Computers are a wonderful thing. :D

    One thing that happens is that sometimes computer browsing takes up to 15 minutes after all the computers are booted to get it's act together.


    You can mark your own threads solved using the [​IMG] button at the top of the page in the upper left corner.© :)
     
  9. madhartigan

    madhartigan Thread Starter

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    I'm comfortable with that as an answer. I'm hoping that's all it was so I won't run into problems in the future.
     
  10. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, since you have more than one computer, you can be sure you'll have some sort of problems in the future! :D
     
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