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Vista and XP not being friendly to eachother

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jaybeeb, Mar 30, 2008.

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  1. jaybeeb

    jaybeeb Thread Starter

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    Hi All,
    Having issues networking my new Vista Laptop to my XP Desktop. I have done the following:
    • Changed my Workgroup to match both machines
    • Network type: Private
    • Network Discovery: ON
    • File Sharing: ON
    • Public Folder Sharing: ON
    • Printer Sharing:ON
    • Media Sharing:ON

    I have also tried turning off both Windows Firewall and my ZoneAlarm to test it.

    My Laptop runs on wireless and my Desktop is wired.

    I can ping both machines from each, using addresses and names.

    I have never had problems Networking XP machines together before, just cant figure this out.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    You've told us about things that work, and the settings you listed look OK, but you forgot to mention anything about your issues. You appear to have them networked fine.
     
  4. jaybeeb

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    Basically just cant see either machine in the 'network' or 'my network places' sections. have been working my way through the link from John, but still no luck
     
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    Even though you can ping fine it could still be a 3rd party firewall (internet security) on the Vista or on both. We may spot a clue if you post the following for both PCs.

    Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
    (For Vista type CMD in the Search box after Start)

    Type the following commands:

    nbtstat -n

    IPCONFIG /ALL

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
     
  6. jaybeeb

    jaybeeb Thread Starter

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    FROM MY LAPTOP (VISTA)
    FROM MY DESKTOP (XP PRO)
    Thanks for taking the time to check it out!
     
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    Have you shared at least one resource on each machine? When you double-click Network Places, can you see your local machine? If so, and you open it, do you see the shared resources?

    Are these machines running XP-Home or XP-Pro?
     
  8. jaybeeb

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    I have shared "My Documents" on my Desktop (XP PRO) and "Documents" on my Laptop (Vista Home Premium) I can see my local machine in VISTA on my laptop and I can see my shared resources when I open it.
    But cant see my local machine on my desktop XP at all.

    Thanks
     
  9. JohnWill

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    OK, so the desktop appears to be the issue here.

    Check your Services are Started on the XP box:
    • Computer Browser
    • DHCP Client
    • DNS Client
    • Network Connections
    • Network Location Awareness
    • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    • Server
    • TCP/IP Netbios helper
    • Workstation

    Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

    All of these services should be started, and their startup type should be automatic (or perhaps manual).
     
  10. jaybeeb

    jaybeeb Thread Starter

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    They are all fine, just so you know, I just got this laptop before I had a Inspiron 6400 with XP Home and had it networked to my desktop with no problems, Just wish Vista had a wizard like XP as there were no problems before

    Thanks
     
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    "But cant see my local machine on my desktop XP at all."

    Probably firewall or one of those services John listed. Could be a piece of a firewall that you thought you successfully uninstalled ages ago.
     
  12. jaybeeb

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    My Desktop is very recently formatted and my laptop is brand new, and just formatted it to clean off the freeware. I really dont think it could be a firewall issue.

    edit:this network was working perfectly up until I got this Vista machine.
     
  13. TerryNet

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    "But cant see my local machine on my desktop XP at all."

    This can have nothing to do with Vista unless the Vista machine installed a firewall on the XP. :)

    Maybe I have been making too many assumptions about what "see" means. I took it to mean that when you hit 'view workgroup computers' in My Network Places that your XP did not appear. What do you mean by "see"?
     
  14. jaybeeb

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    Yep thats what I meant, thanks for the help, will have to look into the firewall side of things.
     
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