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Windows 7: Win7 laptop can see XP by IP, not by name

30 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Win7 laptop can see XP by IP, not by name

I've read a lot of threads about Windows 7 servers not being able to see XP servers, but didn't see a lot of clear resolution to the issue.

Just got a new notebook with Win 7 Pro (32 bit). I cannot get it to see our office file server by name (\\633D). However, it can see it fine by IP address (\\192.168.0.103).

What should I look at first?


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30 Nov 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MarketingGuy View Post
I've read a lot of threads about Windows 7 servers not being able to see XP servers, but didn't see a lot of clear resolution to the issue.

Just got a new notebook with Win 7 Pro (32 bit). I cannot get it to see our office file server by name (\\633D). However, it can see it fine by IP address (\\192.168.0.103).

What should I look at first?
MG

Hi and welcome

Are you using homegroup for networking? I am sure there must be a reason but if you can access it by IP, is there somereason the named access is important?

Ken J+
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30 Nov 2009   #3
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

is there a name or other (computer) identification in front of the double slashes? \\633D
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30 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Not using homegroups homegroups.

633D is the name of the server. Not sure why there would be anything in front of the double slashes.

To be clear
  • open Windows 7 Explorer and type \\192.168.0.103 in the address bar, hit enter, a list of shared folders on that server comes up.
  • open Windows 7 Explorer and type \\633D in the address bar, hit enter, Windows 7 trundles along for a while and then says "Windows cannot access \\633d". But every other XP machine in the place and the one poor girl using Vista all can access it that way.
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