It seems that sharing files between win 7 and xp is quiete the common problem. However, I am not finding a clear answer. I read through a lot of posts on different forums, and tried many of the suggestions.
I am running win 7 pro on my laptop, and win xp pro on my desktop. I have both machines in the same workgroup. I ran the wizard for file sharing on the XP machine, and it can succesfully see my other XP home computer on the network. On the win 7 laptop I went through the set up for sharing as outlined in the forums. So basically network discovery etc is on, im not using home groups etc. If i look in my network folder, I see no other computers, except of course for my own shares. I installed a fix on the XP machine which was suggested, called the link layer something ( i forget the name now, I could look it up). Still nothing.
Here is the twist. If i type in \\ipadress
then I can access the XP machine shares without ANY problems. (copied some files jsut as a test). Similarly, I can access the Win 7 shares from XP using the above method.
Now, how do I get the computers to pop up in my network window, so I can actually view which computers are available and select my shares?
Oh, and I dont believe that I have to wait 15 minutes for the computers to actually get discovered. That would be a pretty big mistake on the part of windows 7, given that Xp discoveres without delay.
Any advice would help. Even point me to a forum post i missed.