For Question 2:
Vista Internet Connectivity Tool
Msft KB article on Router type vs Vista
- you should be using a router with WPA2-PSK encryption
XP Wifi 2 Update(download and install on all XP units)
Network Map Tool patch for XP (install on all XP machines)
- tool is only for Vista to display the presence of XP network connected machines. It does not resolve any network sharing issues.
Other links that may help you on your quest
File and Print Sharing in Vista
Windows Vista Help Share files with someone
NetBios Enable( Enable on all units when XP Home is present)
PChuck's Network(loads of solid information)
"Paul Moore" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:uE6asFftHHA.2164@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
: Hello (this is great, I just discovered the msnews server!).
: My new laptop finally arrived from Dell with Vista installed. This is my
: first exposure to Vista. The machine is installed with Vista Business. I use
: a home wired-only network, with two other PCs (running XP Home) and a
: networked printer attached. My workgroup is named "HOME". I have two
: problems that I don't know how to solve. All machines are "pingable" from
: one other, and the XP Home machines have the latest updates applied.
: - I can't access the internet using the pre-installed IE7. I managed to copy
: across and install Firefox, and this works fine. Any ideas why this could
: - Also, when I select "Network and Sharing Center", only the new laptop is
: shown connected to "Internet" through "Network". I supose that "Network"
: corresponds to my workgroup "HOME". When I click on "View full map", one of
: the other PCs is shown connected to the LAN (shared maps on this PC are
: accessible). The other PC (its shared maps are not accessible) and the
: printer (its shared maps are accessible) are listed under the heading "The
: following discovered device(s) can not be placed in the map". What does this
: Can anyone help me?
: Many thanks,