Wireless Networking Problem Making Me CRAZY!

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SpecterFan14519

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We have four PCs: one running Windows 98SE, two running Windows XP, and one running Windows 7 [Home Premium]. Until recently they could all see one and other as well as share files with each other. Recently I discovered they could all still see each other and the two XPs and the Win 7 could connect with each other. They can also connect with the "98 machine" while it can ONLY connect with the two XPs When I try to connect with the Win 7 PC via Windows Explorer or Network Neighborhood I receive the following:
\\ [pc name] is not accessible

The request is not supported by the network
When I click on properties for Win 7 (while on the Win 98 PC) I recieve this message:
The server \\ [pc name] does not accept remote requests
Info for the Windows 7 PC:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20 GHz
Installed Memory (RAM): 8.00 GB (7.89 GB usable)
System Type: 64-bit Operating System

System Properties
Remote tab
Remote Assistance
"Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer" IS CHECKED

If you need more information, just say the word. But I have to warn you, I'm not what one would call "computer-savvy" but I try my best.

Thanks for any and all help,
Chuck W
 
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Hello, for the Windows 98 pc, clear the DNS cache; Windows 7 PC, go to the Advanced Sharing screen, turn on Network Discovery, turn on File and Printer Sharing,
All computers should be part of the same Workgroup,
At this point you should be able to ping the W7 pc from the W98 pc.

BTW, Allowing 'Remote Assistance' to that computer has nothing at all to do with any of this.
 

SpecterFan14519

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Thanks for the reply.

Network Discovery and File and Printer Sharing are turned on (and have been).

All the PCs are in the same Workgroup - MSHome. Originally they were not; there was some confusion on my part regarding Homegroups and Workgroups. I eventually found out that Homegroups only applies to Windows 7.

Now then.....

The DNS cache.... What is it? Where will I find it? How do I clear it?

[This is how you know you're a newbie]

How do I "ping" the Win 7 from the Win 98? I confess I don't really know what it means to "ping" something - other than sending a signal. [By the way - I'm 50+ yrs old. On the verge of qualifying as a senior.]
 

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Find the IP address of the computer you want to PING (usually 192.168.1.nn where nn varies.)

Run Command Prompt (as Administrator in Win7).
In the command Window.

IPCONFIG /flushdns
PING 192.168.1.nn as found above and you should get a reply.


those commands work in all Windows.
 
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So to be precise with your scenario, find the current ip address of the Windows 7 computer by running ipconfig from the command prompt, then go to the Windows 98 machine and flush the dns cache, then from the same command prompt ping the ip address of the Windows 7 machine; ideally it should run 4 packets and receive 4 replies. If that is the case, you should be good to go.
 
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