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Windows 7: file sharing with W7 and XP

03 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
file sharing with W7 and XP

Hello all! I'm in hopes someone can offer some suggestions! I've searched for months and tried just about every tutorial I can find, now its all turned to mush. I have two desktops, one running W7 home premium 64bit that has an ethernet connection to a linksys e3000 wireless router. My other desktop is XP Pro SP3 with a Linksys wireless adapter. Both pcs can access the net, but cannot "see" each other.

This is my Ipconfig /all
file sharing with W7 and XP-ipconfig.jpg

my network map
file sharing with W7 and XP-network-map.jpg

After going thru the tutorial in File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa) I was able to at least see one folder (Elements) while on the XP machine. file sharing with W7 and XP-network-places.jpg. But I still get the "Workgroup is not accessible. You might not have permission to use
this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to
find out if you have access permission" No network path".

All firewalls have been disabled, TCIP Net Bios is enabled, no passwords, file sharing is enabled.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

First, make sure your router is properly configured. In your ipconfig screenshot, I see the connections have DNS servers set to, and the secondary value is That's not correct. Since both computers use 192.168.1.x, your DNS server needs to be, not Also, make sure your router is set up for DHCP, and make sure your computers are also set up for DHCP and not static IPs.

Once you've fixed that, accomplish the following steps.

1. Uninstall any third party security/firewall applications (Norton, Mcafee, etc) from both computers. Reboot.
2. Install Microsoft Security Essentials on both computers. Reboot.
3. Enable the Windows firewall on both machines.
4. Verify both computers belong to the same workgroup. If they don't, put both computers in the same workgroup. Reboot.
5. Create identical users and passwords on both computers. For example, create user "Bob" with password "qazQAZ123" on both computers, and make both of them administrators. (They don't need admin access, but both users need to have the same type of access, ie power user, user, etc.) Reboot.

Once you've done those steps, see if you can access each computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

You are a genius! The IP address was the problem! Thank you so very much!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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