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Windows 7: Accessing old XP Pro machine on simple network

14 Feb 2011   #1
bnooney

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Accessing old XP Pro machine on simple network

Here's the problem - old system was laptop running XP with desktop also running XP. We set up a "shared documents" folder with simple file-sharing on the desktop which the laptop could access when not working out of the office via DSL high-speed router. We just upgraded to a new laptop running 7 Pro and it automatically detected the router and I selected "work network" during setup. I can't even see the desktop on the "new network" dsiplayed on the "new laptop" - do I need to set up a new connection on the XP desktop or what??? Thanks.


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14 Feb 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

My guess is the network names are now different. Since you chose work network. The new network is neither named MSHOME or Homegroup or whatever the xp machine is currently connected too. I would run the network wizard on the xp machine taking care to name it the same as the new windows 7 installation has named it's new network. The xp machine may require you to know the admin account name and password for the windows 7 machine you are attempting to connect to as well.
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14 Feb 2011   #3
bnooney

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks - worked like a charm!!
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14 Feb 2011   #4
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Always nice to have a issue fixed on the first shot. Glad I could help.
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