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Windows 7: Can't network Windows 7 and Windows XP

03 Jul 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

OK, so IPv6 is enabled on the Win 7 machine, but it doesn't seem to do anything (not supported by my ISP, maybe?) so I turned it off now.

I tried assigning an IP though the TCP/IP settings, but then I couldn't get to the internet. It seems be wired to the modem makes it want to use the IP it's using - I can't seem to get it on to the same network of IPs that my WiFi devices are on. By the way, I've got a Motorola SBG900 for my cable modem/WiFi router.

I set the MAC address of the Win 7 machine as IP on the router and had no luck. Then I also tried setting the (an available IP I chose for the Win 7 machine) as an alternate IP in the settings, but no luck, there, either.

Maybe it's a matter of getting it to use one of the 192.168.0.XX IPs, but I've not figured out how to do that yet...

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03 Jul 2011   #12
James Colbert


This may be worth a read (and related links at bottom):

File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)
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03 Jul 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thank you. I followed the instructions (which were pretty much the same as every other set of instructions I've come across) and it's not working. I can still only access the XP machine from the Win 7 machine by IP address and cannot access the Win 7 machine from the XP machine at all. In both cases, I cannot see the other machine in the network or workgroup.

All I can figure is it has to do with the IP address of the Win 7 machine as another user pointed out?

I'm losing hope.
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03 Jul 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

FYI, in case it helps, my setup is as follows:

Cable in to Motorola Surfboard SBG900
Ethernet out from Surfboard to Vonage Router
Ethernet out from Vonage Router to Win 7 PC
WiFi to Win XP Laptop

Googling the Vonage router shows that it is what's giving the IP, so I'm going to see if I can somehow change that...
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03 Jul 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

AHHHH! That was it. Thank you, richyrichuk, for pointing out the differing IP address. I pulled out an old Linksys hub and changed my setup:

Cable -> Motorola SBG900 Wireless Router
Motorola SBG900 -> Linksys hub, Win XP Laptop (via WiFi)
Linksys hub -> Vonage Router, Win 7 PC

Now the Win XP and the Win 7 are on the same network and saw each other right away (plus the Win 7 can now see my other wireless devices on the network, such as my Roku player).

All is right with the world again!!!
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03 Jul 2011   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit

cool, gd stuff sommernyte.
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