> I am trying to set up a network between my new Vista machine and my old
> Win 2k machine, so that I can easily share files, but I can't get it off
> the ground.
> My new machine is an AMD 6000+ series dual-core processor with Vista
> with 3 GB RAM. My old machine has Win 2k and uses a P4 processor and 1
> GB of RAM.
> I have an SMC router (SMC7004ABR), and my broadband connection is by
> My Internet connections are up and running on both PCs, no problem.
> I went into my old PC and checked the netword area and I do have a
> 'Local Area Connection' icon, so I assume that is OK.
> On the new (Vista) PC, I can also see the network connection.
> I know the computer names for my new and old PCs, and the Workgroup
> shows as the same name on both PCs (I think this is required).
> Here is my problem: In the network area on my Vista PC I only see my
> new computer name, whereas previously I was able to see the computer
> name for my old PC. I don't know why this has happened.
> Beyond that, I don't know how to proceed to complete the setup of the
Excellent, thorough, yet easy to understand article about File/Printer
Sharing in Vista. Includes details about sharing printers as well as
files and folders:
A. Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local Area Network
(LAN) traffic as trusted. If you aren't running a third-party firewall
or have an antivirus with "Internet Worm Protection" (like Norton
2006/07) which acts as a firewall, then you're fine. With third-party
firewalls, I usually configure the LAN allowance with an IP range. Ex.
would be 192.168.1.0-192.168.1.254. Obviously you would substitute your
correct subnet. Do not run more than one firewall. Presumably you have a
third-party firewall running on Win2k and you would need to configure it
B. For ease of organization, put all computers in the same Workgroup.
This is done from the System applet in Control Panel, Computer Name tab.
C. Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do
not need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the
passwords assigned to each user account can be different; the
accounts/passwords just need to exist and match on all machines. If you
wish a machine to boot directly to the Desktop (into one particular
user's account) for convenience, you can do this. The instructions at
this link work for both XP and Vista, although I don't remember if it
works for Win2k:
Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -
Then create shares as desired.
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