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Windows 7: Can see XP computers, can't access them

25 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
Can see XP computers, can't access them

I have a home network using the KEYSOFT workgroup. There are several XP computers on this network and everything has worked great. I just got a new Windows 7 laptop. I'm using a WiFi network to connect to the other computers. I set the Win 7 computer to use the KEYSOFT workgroup, and I can actually see the other computers on the network, but when I try to access them, Win 7 makes me log onto the other computer.

This has two problems:

1. I have never before needed to log onto other computers to access them.

2. The logon window says that I must log onto the other computer in the domain LAPTOP (which is the name of the new Win 7 computer). Since I'm using a workgroup and not a domain, I can't log on successfully. The logon dialog shows no way to change either the domain name or change it to a workgroup name.

How do I access the hard drive of one of the XP computer?

PARTIALLY SOLVED -- If I ignore the erroneous domain and just put in a logon name and password for the other computer, I can get in. But is there a way on this trusted network to access the other computers without logging in?

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16 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

I'm having the same issue. It's a new computer with a fresh install of Win 7 Pro. I have changed the properties from 'computer on a business network' to 'home computer--not on network', but it doesn't stick. It just resets to 'computer on a business network'.

The computer properties tells me I'm not in a domain, just a workgroup, but when I try to login to another computer, it tells me I'm in the domain LAPTOP. (LAPTOP is the name of my computer.) Then, it doesn't allow me to change my domain so I cannot log into the other computer.

This seems like a Windows bug. It needs to be fixed ASAP. I need to be able to access other computers. I have never had/do not have this problem with other machines.

I've been told that a fresh install of Windows will fix this problem, but as this *is* a fresh install, I doubt it will work, and I don't want to spend hours backing up and reinstalling the same bug.

Can anyone recommend anything??
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Try turning on NetBIOS on the WinXP and Win7 PCs.

Also, if you are using wireless, make sure the wireless settings on the AP/router are not set to "isolation mode" which doesn't allow seeing any other PC on the network.
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