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31 May 2009   #1

Vista Ultimate
Connecting Win7 laptop to home network...

Could use a little help.

Desktop computer Vista
Laptop computer Win 7

On my network (wireless), my Desktop can find and use everything that is on my Laptop computer.

When I try to find or map out the Desktop from the Laptop, the Laptop cannot see my desktop at all (eg in the Network "explorer-type" window in Win7) .

I've checked my firewall settings, and my sharing properties on both computers, but I think I missing some setting somewhere that will let me connect from the Laptop to the Desktop (so that I can use my Desktop printer).

Help would be appreciated.

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06 Jun 2009   #2

Windows 7 RC1 build 7100

Are both PCs within the same workgroup? I don't mean HomeGroup but workgroup (XP style). Double check your sharing optons on both PCs. Sounds like your doing simple file sharing so disable password protection, disable public sharing, enable network discovery, enable file/print sharing. This is a start.
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06 Jun 2009   #3

Vista Ultimate

Thanks! I'll work on that!
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08 Jun 2009   #4

Windows 7 RC, Windows 7 BETA, Vista, Hackintosh OS X 10.5.6

make sure if its in the same local network, wither WIFI or LAN. and yes make sure you are in the same workgroup as well
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08 Jun 2009   #5
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Use the Homegroup, it's IPV6 and outrageously easy to setup. But yes, first thing is to make sure you're all running the same workgroup.
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