> Thanks Malke, and I'll have to get really basic now. I STILL don't
> understand what you mean in your paragraph above. Sorry. After many
> years of computer use and successful networking with ME and XP
> systems, I just don't understand what you mean by "identical" accounts/
> passwords!" OK........... we log on to our separate Vista and XP
> computers during boot up with our different names and passwords.
> That's it! We are never asked for any more user/password accounts
> ever again while trying to share files (and during our successful
> sharing between XP and the Vista Public Folder).
> I guess the best way to ask the question again is: just when and where
> is this "same account/passwords" required? Not during bootup, as you
> say, right? If not, then when? Note that in my Vista sharing
> attempts I have password protection turned off. And again, note that
> I CAN share files FROM my XP to Vista but not FROM VISTA to my XP (and
> printer sharing works). The ONLY problem is getting Vista to share
> its files (marked as shared) to the XP.
> Sorry again. LIke you say, I just don't get the identical user
> accounts/passwords bit.
Windows 9x/ME were not true multi-user operating systems (and had no
permissions/restrictions structure) so what worked with them is not at
all applicable to any NT-based operating system - NT, Windows 2000, XP,
1. Go to the Vista machine>Control Panel>User Accounts. Look at the
names of the user accounts. You should have one for you, one for your
wife (standard user accounts), and at least one extra Administrative
account for emergencies - call it "Tech" or whatever you like.
2. Go to the XP machine>Control Panel>User Accounts. Look at the names
of the user accounts. If they do not match the ones on the Vista box,
add the missing user accounts (with the exception of the extra Tech
account, although it will not hurt to create it). If there are user
accounts on the XP box that aren't on the Vista box, go back to the
Vista box and add them there.
You now have user accounts on both computers that are identical.
3. You still have not told me what version of XP you have - Home, Pro,
or Media Center. If you have Home, stop there. If you have Pro or Media
Center, go to Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab and make sure that
Simple File Sharing is unchecked. You do not have this option in Home.
4. For easier networking, I always suggest assigning passwords to user
accounts. With only two computers involved this is hardly an onerous
task and you can set each machine to automatically log onto a desired
user account for convenience. This means that you can assign a password
to your computer on the XP box (and make sure you create the same
password on your user account on the Vista box) and then use control
userpasswords2 to automatically log in. This will give the effect of
taking you directly to your Desktop when you start Windows. You can do
the same thing on the Vista box with your wife's account so she
automatically gets logged in and goes directly to *her* Desktop. The
process works the same in both XP and Vista:
Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -
Let's say I have three user accounts on all my machines *with*
passwords, all identical because they have to match - malke, leah, roberto.
I am logged into the MacBook as malke.
Leah is logged into XP Pro as leah.
Roberto is logged into Vista as roberto.
When Leah needs a shared resource from Roberto's Vista box, Vista sees
that the user leah exists on it and allows the connection. This is what
is meant by "local authentication" which is what is done in peer-to-peer
networking. This is a simplification of course but a workable one for
If Vista (or XP) does *not* find a user account for leah, it will pop up
a dialog box asking for the username and password of a user who *is*
authorized to get that shared resource. So if the leah account didn't
exist, Leah could enter malke's username and password (if she knew it).
If all of that doesn't help, I don't know what else to suggest to you.
If you create identical user accounts/passwords and still can't use the
XP resource, then you probably have a misconfigured firewall.
Elephant Boy Computers
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User