I just muddled thru this same issue over the past week(+), and after
several LONG nights of googling help files and changing settings on
both machines, I have succeeded in getting new Vista laptop to talk to
my XP desktop and share files & printers. (Believe me, If I can do
it, anyone can...)
Keys to success:
1) Download and install LLTD network discovery protocol on XP machine
2) Open ports 137-139 on Firewalls on both machines for your local
3) Ensure that Workgroup name is the same on both computers. (XP and
Vista use different default workgroups.)
4) Turn on file sharing on both machines
5) Turn on printer sharing on the desktop
6) Change Registry on Vista machine so that LAN manager recognizes
NMTVL1 protocol used by XP
1. Run the registry editor and open this key:
2. If it doesn't already exist, create a DWORD value named
3. Set the value to 1
7) Mount XP shared files and printers on Vista machine using \
\COMPUTERNAME\Printername (Names are CAP sensitive)
8) Mount Vista public directory on XP machine using \\LAPTOPNAME
My Vista laptop now discovers my XP desktop on the network topology
diagram, and I can click on the XP machine icon to open up shared
files and printers. I can print to my XP desktop printer from within
any application on my Vista laptop, my XP shared folders are available
on my favorites folder list on the Vista laptop, and my Vista public
directory is available on my XP machine under network places.
The only work-around that I currently still have is that my Vista
machine is not listed under my XP workgroup. Since my Vista public
directory appears under my XP network places, and I can read/write
files to it, this is only a minor irritant.
Amazingly, I could not find a complete list of the above directions
anywhere on a Microsoft tech help file. Bits & pieces, but not a
complete list. So much for Vista backwards compatibility out of the
box, and MS customer service...
On Mar 3, 5:56 pm, murphydog77 <murphydo...@discussions.microsoft.com>
> Just wanted to update you and let you know that changing the file sharing
> permissions in Norton worked--even though I had the firewall turned off. I'm
> trying not to think about that one too hard, just glad it worked.
> I didn't turn on the Guest account. That's a little too much access for my
> tastes. And I did bookmark Bob's links. They helped me the first go-around
> and I'm sure I'll need them again.
> Appreciate the help!
> "GLM71" wrote:
> > I had the same problem...
> > Norton Firewall does not need to be turned off- Just set the file sharing
> > (Located in advanced settings in NIS 2007) permissions to allow.
> > When setting shares on Vista folders> right click folder> select share> in
> > the drop down box choose everyone and then add then click share.
> > Turn guest account on - on all the PC's.
> > This worked for me- good luck
> > "murphydog77" wrote:
> > > Hi. I bought a new Dell Vista laptop a few weeks ago and ever since have
> > > been trying to get it to connect to my home network. I have an XP desktop
> > > and iMac on the network and the Vista machine is seeing neither, but it can
> > > hit the internet. The laptop *did* see the desktop exactly *once* 2 weeks
> > > ago for a few hours until I shut it down. I never would have shut it down
> > > had I realized it wasn't a permanent connection.
> > > Here's what I've tried so far:
> > > *made sure all computers belong to the same workgroup
> > > *installed LLTD Responder on XP desktop
> > > *rebooted wireless Netgear network router
> > > *set Network Discovery to "On" on the Vista laptop
> > > *turned on netBIOS over TCP/IP on the XP desktop
> > > *rebooted both computers after doing all of the above
> > > *disabled Norton firewall on Dell laptop
> > > *studied
> > >http://www.microsoft.com/technet/net..._fp.mspx#EQBAE
> > > extensively, especially the file sharing portion
> > > I'm stuck and out of ideas. I can't print and I'm stuck pulling files off
> > > my old desktop gigabyte by gigabyte via a portable hard drive instead of over
> > > my handy dandy network. So much for pulling my fun new laptop out of the box
> > > and getting right to work :/.
> > > Thanks,
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