Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Can't connect to Windows XP desktop from Windows 7 laptop

23 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Can't connect to Windows XP desktop from Windows 7 laptop

SYSTEM REPORTING THE PROBLEM: Windows 7 SP1 x64 Home Premium

I'm trying to connect to a network computer hooked up to a shared printer so that I can install the printer. However, when I try to connect to the target machine using either its computer name or its static IP address, I get an error: "Windows cannot access (target path) - Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose. Error code: 0x80004005 Unspecified error".

Network diagnostics revealed two problems:
DETECTED - The remote device or resource won't accept the connection
DETECTED - SBLSP over [MSAFD Tcpip [TCP/IPv6]] is not configured properly on this computer

My wireless adapter status reveals that IPv6 has No Internet access. IPv4 is connected to both the network and the Internet. Every service provided through my onboard wireless adapter is enabled.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

All computers on the network are using Windows Firewall, however the XP machine also has Avast! antivirus and antimalware software.

I just tested the pingability of all machines. The XP can ping the Windows 7 machines, and vice versa. The XP can see the Windows 7 machines in "My Network Places --> Workgroup", but the Windows 7 machines can only see each other. The "Networking home computers running different versions of Windows" thing does not help in my situation. Believe me, I've tried multiple times.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

I should point out that there are several hardware problems with my XP that may or may not be related to the networking problem. For a few years, the machine would display a message on boot that the Serial ATA (SATA-2) is not found, and I'd have to strike the F1 key. (This is a Dell Dimension E510.) One of the two DVD-RW drives will not function at all - no manual or automatic controls. In addition, one of the two front USB ports causes a computer power-off (not shut-down, just switches off the power).

The XP machine does not load itself on the list of workgroup computers, but it is able to access itself by domain name. In addition, the Windows 7 machine used to produce 0x80070035 errors upon trying to access the XP machine via domain name or IPv4 address before I changed the name of the XP machine; now I get 0x80004005 on either attempt.

So, basically, the XP is able to see everyone, and no one is able to see the XP. It's gone incognito, as if on a spy mission. How do I disable its cloaking device?

EDIT: Tried resetting the router. No improvement. And now the XP is unable to see itself even though file sharing is enabled. Is there a way to enable network discovery on an XP? Keep in mind that this is XP SP3. The Windows 7 machines are at SP1.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Can't connect to Windows XP desktop from Windows 7 laptop

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Remote Desktop cannot connect from my PC to server but my laptop can
The problem I am having is that I cannot connect to a remote computer (windows Server) with Remote Desktop. I know that everything is configured correctly in Remote Desktop. In fact, I was able to connect to the server using my Wife's Laptop after I moved the .rdp file from my computer to hers. ...
Network & Sharing
Can't connect Windows 7 64-bit laptop to 32-bit main desktop
I have a desktop with Windows 7 32-bit that I have my Netgear28 wifi router plugged into. I've never had problems connecting to my desktop with any of my 4 other laptops or accessing the printer through it. However, I just bought a pawnshop 64-bit Win 7 laptop with all kinds of bloatware on it,...
Network & Sharing
Connect laptop to desktop when working from home
Brand new to this group - trying to find out if I can connect my laptop to my desktop to make it easier when I'm working from home. I'd rather use my desktop monitor and keyboard but need to access the files/applications from my laptop. I don't want to have to unplug the monitor/keyboard each time...
Network & Sharing
How to connect desktop HDD to laptop?
I have a old desktop PC which is no longer functioning, and a laptop with Win7. Is it possible, to copy/extract all the data on the desktop's HDD to laptop or an external HDD? I have tried repairing the desktop, but couldn't.
Hardware & Devices
Can connect to laptop from desktop, but not vice versa...
Hey guys I'm having a bit of a problem with my LAN here. I've got a desktop and a laptop both with Windows 7 on the same LAN and both have their network setting to Home. From my desktop, I am able to add a network location in My Computer to connect to my laptop. However, on my laptop I am unable to...
Network & Sharing
Games and desktop don't look as good when I connect my laptop to tv
Well I bought a 32'' Toshiba 1080p TV a few months back and have been using it as a huge monitor for my laptop. I connect my laptop to it via HDMI. And I find that the picture isn't as sharp compared to just using my laptop screen. It's hard to explain but it seems like the pixels are more...
Chillout Room

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:22.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App