> Okay ... I'm up and running ... An e-GeForce FX5200 nvidia graphics card
> resolved all. Her PC is an older one, with only PCI slots available, so
> this is the strongest (only 128 MB ), but it's really working fine. She has
> Aero, and Flip 3D ... a 3.0 experience rating, and is now a "Happy Vista
> Camper" ...
> However ... I've still got one issue left to resolve ... our home network
> has not worked since the Vista installations. Well .. it's kinda worked (all
> the internet connections work, and we can share printers,) but we can't share
> files or folders ...
> I can see the network and the other computers, but attempting to open any
> other PC's drive or folders (expect for the public ones). I've set no
> passwords on any machines, and I've set maximum sharing permissions. But
> still, whenever I try to access a file or folder on a networked PC, I
> encounter this message --> "\\name\c: is not available. You might not have
> permission to use this resource. Contact the administrator of this server to
> find out if you have access permissions. Access is denied.
It isn't "one fix to a customer"! ;-) After you check out Koze's good
links, take a look also at the following general networking
troubleshooting cut/paste to see if anything is applicable to your
network since I don't know what operating systems are on your other
This is most commonly caused by a misconfigured firewall. Run the
Network Setup Wizard on all computers, making sure to enable File &
Printer Sharing, and reboot. The only "gotcha" is that this will turn on
the XPSP2 Windows Firewall. If you aren't running a third-party firewall
or have an antivirus with "Internet Worm Protection" (like Norton
2005/06) which acts as a firewall, then you're fine. If you have
third-party firewall software, configure it to allow the Local Area
Network traffic as trusted. I usually do this with my firewalls with an
IP range. Ex. would be 192.168.1.0-192.168.1.254. Obviously you would
substitute your correct subnet.
If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center:
a. If you need Pro's ability to set fine-grained permissions, turn off
Simple File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab) and create identical user
accounts/passwords on all computers.
b. If you don't care about using Pro's advanced features, leave the
Simple File Sharing enabled.
Simple File Sharing means that Guest (network) is enabled. This means
that anyone without a user account on the target system can use its
resources. This is a security hole but only you can decide if it matters
in your situation.
Then create shares as desired. XP Home does not permit sharing of users'
home directories (My Documents) or Program Files, but you can share
folders inside those directories. A better choice is to simply use the
Shared Documents folder.
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