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Solved: xp work group question.. little help needed.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by r2ii, Oct 20, 2005.

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  1. r2ii

    r2ii Thread Starter

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    Basicaaly I'm trying to help my father out. He wants to share files from one machine to another. Normally highly simple, however on is a 98 machine and one xp. Is it possible to get them to share files on the same workgroup? Im having serious issues and I think its because one is NTFS and one FAT32. Am I right? Any input would be great. thanks.

    Quick edit: Its windows 98 SE, sorry typo.
     
  2. moper

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    r2ii, NTFS or Fat32 does not matter.
    This Site has a tutorial with photos.
    Follow this and see how it goes.

    moper
     
  3. JohnWill

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    All machines are must be in the same subnet, i.e. 192.168.0.x where x is any number. The subnet mask should be 255.255.255.0 for most small networks.

    Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

    PING each computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. You can obtain the IP address of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG. This should work for any Windows version.

    All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

    If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

    While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.
     
  4. r2ii

    r2ii Thread Starter

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    I thank you both kindly for the support. I had done all steps listed above except switching to "netbios over tcp/ip". After completing that I still hate no connectivity. After reviewing the posts again it dawned on me I may have firewall conflicts. An old version of Zone Alert on the 98 machine was my second issue. After resolving that all went smooth. Gentlemen I thank you.

    - Brandon
     
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