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Windows 7: New Win7 Boxes can't see my Network


19 Nov 2010   #1
mclaws

Windows 7 Premium 62bit
 
 
New Win7 Boxes can't see my Network

Hello Helpful People.

I have an XP box that hosts my hard drive farm (via a port replicator). It contains my key network drive S:SALT. All my XP machines were on a workgroup (SPICE) and all the machines can see each other on that SPICE network and could access SALT. All my desktop computers come to a switch. The switch also has a router on it that that accesses the internet via a wireless bridge (as opposed to a hard line). The router is also a WiFi device serving the several laptops.

My main desktop machine (ANISE) in my office is a Win7 box migrated up from an XP installation. It was able to see SALT from the beginning and have successfully been able to communicate between this Win7 box and my network XP box.

Here is the PROBLEM. . . .

I have purchased new Windows 7 boxes and they can't see the network of computers. They can all access the WiFi and get out to the internet just fine, but they can't see the SALT drive or the XP box.

In the new windows boxes, they started out with the WiFi Router as the link between them and the Internet. Then I changed the network to a HomeGroup. They were still able to get to the internet. What I guess I can't figure out is how to get them to see this legacy XP box.


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19 Nov 2010   #2
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mclaws View Post
Hello Helpful People.

I have an XP box that hosts my hard drive farm (via a port replicator). It contains my key network drive S:SALT. All my XP machines were on a workgroup (SPICE) and all the machines can see each other on that SPICE network and could access SALT. All my desktop computers come to a switch. The switch also has a router on it that that accesses the internet via a wireless bridge (as opposed to a hard line). The router is also a WiFi device serving the several laptops.

My main desktop machine (ANISE) in my office is a Win7 box migrated up from an XP installation. It was able to see SALT from the beginning and have successfully been able to communicate between this Win7 box and my network XP box.

Here is the PROBLEM. . . .

I have purchased new Windows 7 boxes and they can't see the network of computers. They can all access the WiFi and get out to the internet just fine, but they can't see the SALT drive or the XP box.

In the new windows boxes, they started out with the WiFi Router as the link between them and the Internet. Then I changed the network to a HomeGroup. They were still able to get to the internet. What I guess I can't figure out is how to get them to see this legacy XP box.
When you connected them up to the wireless network, did you select the network to be a "Home Network"? If not, and you selected "Public Network" it would block the ports for services that allow the machine to be discoverable and to discover other machines.

Just an idea.
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19 Nov 2010   #3
mclaws

Windows 7 Premium 62bit
 
 
I Went in an changed it to HomeGroup

I have previously tried to set up networking as a HOME, instead of the PUBLIC Network. But that hasn't made any difference in being able to see the XP machines.
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19 Nov 2010   #4
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Hi! mclaws, welcome to W7F

Scroll down a bit, you'll see:
Quote:
If your network contains computers running different versions of Windows, put all computers in the same workgroup
Here:
Networking home computers running different versions of Windows

It will give instructions on how to make sure/change the setting, so that all your machines are set for "Workgroup"
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