On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 06:23:01 -0700, Jeff <Jeff@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>I have a Windows Vista Home Premium laptop and a Windows XP Home SP2 desktop
>PC. I am trying to network the two, so that I can access the printer that is
>connected to my desktop from my laptop. I have both machines in the same
>workgroup, and the XP can see the Vista machine with no problem. However,
>when I go into the network and sharing center on the Vista machine, the
>laptop is the only computer that appears. I have the printer and a few
>folders shared on the XP machine and I have turned off all firewalls on both
>machines, but I still cannot see the XP machine. If I go to Windows Explorer
>on the Vista machine, and type in the UNC name for the XP machine, then I can
>see the shared folders, but I would rather be able to access them through the
>network and sharing center. Furthermore, when I go to add a new network
>printer on the Vista machine, when browsing the network for the XP printer,
>it says it cannot find any, but if I type in the UNC name for the printer,
>then I get an error message stating that I cannot connect to this device
>because authentication failed. What can I do to get the Vista machine to see
>the XP machine? Thanks!
If you're sure that no personal firewalls remain, causing problems, then look at
the NetBT setting and make sure that it's consistent.
And look at other known challenges with Windows Vista on a mixed network.
Or look at logs from "browstat status", "ipconfig /all", "net config server",
and "net config workstation", from each computer, so we can diagnose the
problem. Read this article, and linked articles, and follow instructions
precisely (download browstat!) (and note the command window in Windows Vista,
and admin mode):
Chuck, MS-MVP 2005-2007 [Windows - Networking]
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