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Windows 7: XP/W7 networking issue

22 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 7 (Build 7057)
XP/W7 networking issue

I am having major networking issues.
Iíve two systems that Iím trying to network. Oneís a laptop running Windows 7 Beta (Build 7057) and the other is a desktop running Windows XP Pro SP3.

Iíll detail the problem first, and then describe what Iíve done to eliminate the problem (but failed miserably so far). The desktop (windows XP) can see the laptop (W7) and has access to the shared folders and everything. No problem on that account. The laptop (W7), however, cannot see or access the folders on the desktop (windows XP). I want complete and smooth sharing between the two systems.

The network is setup in the following way:
Motorola Modem --> Wireless Netgear Router --> Desktop (wired) and Laptop (wireless)

The desktop and laptop are assigned ipís from the router.

I turned off the third-party firewall (Kaspersky) on the desktop as well as the Windows Firewall and also the Windows Firewall on the laptop (W7) and tried to run the network then but no go. The computers can, however, ping each other.

Iíve installed the LLTP (something something) on the desktop (XP) but that didnít really do much except for making the XP desktop visible in the Network Map tool on W7.

On W7, network discovery is ON, file and printer sharing is ON, public folder sharing is ON, password protection is OFF. The network location has been set as private as well.

On XP, I ran the network wizard but again no change.

Strangely enough, I can access the shared folders on XP if I type //computername in W7 and Iíve full access to them then. But they just donít show in my network folder.

Iím at a loss as to what to do next. Iíve been going through the forums and one of the solutions people seem to be offering is that I should make matching user accounts and passwords on both the computers but that just sounds messed and impractical. Itís the least efficient way of solving this problem. Can someone please help?

I just want a simple file sharing network for my home. Office comes later, there iíve a domain so thatís gonna be a completely different sorta headache I guess :/

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Mar 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista Windows 7 Windows XP

I have matching user accounts and passwords on my network when I have Vista and XP in a peer-to-peer network, and everything works fine for me. I haven't yet tried to network Vista or XP and Win7 (I will try it soon), but I think I will do the matching accounts/password thing... Next I want to try HomeGroups with two Win7 computers. From what I've read, THAT is really easy!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Mar 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mufakir
The network location has been set as private as well
Have you set it to Home network?
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