I have three PCs on a network. The first is a laptop running windows XP, the second is a laptop running windows 7, and the third is a desktop running windows XP. After a lot of work I, and quite a bit of post reading, I was finally able to get the Laptop running Windows 7 to recognize and share files with the desktop running Windows XP, but I can not get it to recognize the laptop running windows XP. All of the workgroups are set to "MSHOME" and I have changed the advanced settings on the Windows 7 machine to allow for better file sharing and network discovery. Please see my short description below of which PCs can see which.
Laptop with XP - Recognizes and can open shared files from both the Desktop with XP and the Laptop with Windows 7
Desktop with XP - Recognizes and can open shared files from both the Laptop with XP and the Laptop with Windows 7
Laptop with Windows 7 - Can only open shared files from the Desktop with XP. It can not recognize the Laptop with XP.
I have tried 'ping'-ing the Laptop with XP from the Laptop with Windows 7 using both the Computer Name and the IP address (at least I think it was the IP address... truth be told I'm not sure I used the right set of numbers...)
Any help anyone could offer would be very much appreciated.