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Solved: Vista/XP File Sharing

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by devilzwrath, Apr 22, 2008.

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  1. devilzwrath

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    Hey Guys!! Worked alot on finding out how to do file sharing b/w Vista/Xp .. The strange thing is that sometimes XP laptop is discoverable to my Vista PC, and sometimes it just doesn't appear.. Totally confused.. Help please! Thanks!
     
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    Could be you firewall kicking in!
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    Your connection could be "Public" which will BLOCK the external computers. It needs to be "Private" when at home, and "Public" when out in the wild.
     
  3. devilzwrath

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    Fire wall is off and network is public bro
     
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    Public = block all incoming connections. Computer is on a network that is accessible to the public. Disable file sharing.

    Private = network is behind a firewall. Block all incoming connections except for the network this system is on. Enable file sharing. (This is what you want on your home network.)

    To connect Vista with XP, it isn't really necessary that they be on the same workgroup (that's a convenience). What is important is that you follow the rules for a peer-to-peer network. That is, each computer is its own server and client. That means that, to freely share files (except in the Public folder), user accounts must match. Duplicate the username / password combinations from the XP machine onto the Vista machine. Make sure you log into the machines and make sure you have a password. (Blank passwords don't match.)

    Courtney
     
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