Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.
Permissions/Share info is there as well.
If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)
1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
In Vista Network and Sharing:
Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)
Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)
File Sharing: ON
Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vistaâ€™s Public Folder is the same as XPâ€™s Shared
Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
passwords (passwords can be different) on ALL computers in your Network) If
you have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista computer.
Also, run the XPâ€™s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
Wizard to include Vista in your â€śNewâ€ť Network, even if you had an XP Network
set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
work for XP machines!).
In â€śMy Network Placesâ€ť: â€śSet up a Home or Small Office Networkâ€ť
OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
and Printer Sharing.
Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia
> I have a laptop with XP connected to a printer. I have just bought a
> Vista PC. Both are wireless.
> TheXP laptop is configured for file and printer sharing.
> If I open Network in the Vista PC it shows the laptop. If I double
> click on the laptop I get a box asking for a user name and password.
> The XP laptop has no password that I know of.
> How can I access the laptop from the Vista PC?
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