Greetings all. As the title says, our Windows 7 desktop (with a wireless NIC) during boot up reports it is unable to connect to the shared network folders on our WinXP-Pro workstation (wired nic). After the OS is booted, we can left-click on the mapped drive (shown with a red X), and then navigate the folders without issue (also the red x disappears). Our other two WinXP-Pro PCs (also wired NICs) have no trouble connecting at boot up. I have read the many threads at sevenforums on the "unable to connect" threads, tried the suggestions given to the others and have not found a solution. One interesting point of observation, I do not recall others clarifying if this issue was occurring with their wired or wireless connected PCs.
So my question, Is this issue because the Windows 7 OS has finished booting before the shared drives are recognized as available to the OS? If this is not the root of the issue, does anyone know if I replace the WinXP OS with Windows 7 OS (HDD rebuild), will the XP-PRO PCs have similar issue with accessing the shared folders on the Windows 7 PC ? I appreciate any insight, guidance, and recommendation all may have in the matter.