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Windows 7: Can Win 7 Network With Earlier Versions of Windows?

26 May 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro
Can Win 7 Network With Earlier Versions of Windows?

Can Windows 7 network with earlier versions of Windows?

I am trying to network from a Windows 7 Pro computer to an XP Pro one; and I can't get it to work.

I am using Workgroup.

On the Win 7 computer, I can see the XP computer, as well as the My Documents folder I want to access; but when I try to open it, I am denied permission.

I am using Ethernet through a Westell 327w I got from Verizon a few years ago. I updated the firmware. Not sure if it's related, but this router is unable to connect to some webpages sometimes.

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26 May 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

It can work. One thing to consider is when you use Homegroup win 7 uses IPv6, and older hardware IPv4. Sometimes this causes trouble. You can test for this by setting up a new network connection and use "workgroup". Work-group uses IPv4.
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27 May 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro

Hi ZigZag,
I am using Workgroup, not Homegroup. It would have been a good idea for me to note that in my Original Post. I edited it in for the benefit with future readers.
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27 May 2012   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Hi Tom,

Try these settings on the win7 computer

Can Win 7 Network With Earlier Versions of Windows?-network_options.jpg Can Win 7 Network With Earlier Versions of Windows?-network_options2.jpg

And make sure you have the folders you want shared on the XP computer marked as shared folders.

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