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Windows 7: Windows 7 to Windows XP sharing not working

01 Aug 2009   #11

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Currently installing XP on a spare machine. I`ll tell you later about my experience.

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01 Aug 2009   #12

Windows 7 RC 64x

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01 Aug 2009   #13

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi all
XP / W7 sharing often seems a bit "Hit and miss".

1) can the W7 computer SEE the XP machine in its network view. If it can't then ensure Network Discovery is enabled.
2) ensure both machines are members of the same workgroup and have the same user id and passwords.
3) turn off XP firewall AND ANY AV SOFTWARE while testing. Maybe also the W7 firewall and AV SOFTWARE as well.
4) enable XP file sharing on all the disks you want to share
5) if they are already "shared" the unshare them, run the network setup wizard in the XP control panel and then "re-share" the drives.
6) re-boot the xp machine.

Sometimes the "Master Browser" gets hosed up -- this is the machine that seems to identify all the componets in the network.

Finally you might be able to connect if you actually know the IP address or the computer name of the machine on your network then connect network drive \\spotteddog\D where spotteddog is the computer name of the machine you want to connect to and D is the drive you want to use.

Windows networking although better in W7 is still a pain compared with Linux.

In theory the machines shouldn't need the same passwords / user id combinations or even need to be members of the same workgroup but when testing networking make everything as SIMPLE and easy as possible-- switch off all FIREWALLS and AV SOFTWARE -- these can often prevent networking when everything else seems correct.

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04 Aug 2009   #14


Not sure if this might help reading from your history.
Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP :: the How-To Geek

I have a windows XP with shares which windows 7 can read. I created the same account on each PC with the same password. jimbo45 has some good pointers to try.
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04 Aug 2009   #15

Linux Mint with Windows 7 in Virtualbox

Thanks for the replies but they haven't helped. I tried all of your suggestions jimbo45 but they didn't solve the problem. Please look at this video, it will probably help to sort out the problem
Video - TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting

Oh and by the way, the login doesn't work with or without a password. And desperado126, this doesn't work on XP Home (which is what I have)
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04 Aug 2009   #16


Have a look at this and see if it helps
How to determine and to recover from Winsock2 corruption in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, and in Windows Vista

There is an autofix section.

Also have a read of about firewall rules and opening port tcp 445. If you don't use windows firewall. Try disabling your other firewall software temporarily to see if that works.
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04 Aug 2009   #17


Do you have password on xp machine?
Use Xp Username and password!
On Seven go to start=>run=>services.msc and turn on these services and switch them to automatically start-up: DNS Client, Function Discovery Resource Publication, SSDP Discovery, and UPnP Device Host services and TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service!

Hope i helps!
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05 Aug 2009   #18


have you got xp setup so you logon without a password, sometimes that can cause an error, you have to disable the password restriction in security/services, also a few of those 'lite' xp installs have lots of broken issues with networking.
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05 Aug 2009   #19

Win7 Build 7600 x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bp96 View Post
Thanks for the replies but they haven't helped. I tried all of your suggestions jimbo45 but they didn't solve the problem.
go to services, set the "TCP/IP Netbios helper" service to automatic, and start the service.

Now you'll see you xp computer.

good luck
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05 Aug 2009   #20

Windows 7

just a quick thought what is the service pack level of the XP install, I discovered a similar problem when trying to connect a XP SP3 or Vista SP1 to a XP SP1 or lower install.

I believe it is a problem with the type of authentication used. I'm no Microsoft tech but I think XP is expecting a plain text password but vista and seven will only send encrypted passwords by default. I might be wrong.

Make sure the XP install has SP3.
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