I have numerous amount of Wireless settings with both Vista and XP, and I do
not see this behaviors when every thing is configured correctly.
Unless a person is use an old Router that is Not fully compatible with Vista
this should not happen.
In such a case, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233
"trouble", you have to check the status of the Network when this happens.
I.a. it might be that laptop disconnect from the Router's Wireless
connection and thus No sharing any more.
Some Laptops experience disconnection due to the Power Saving setting of the
Laptop' Wireless cards. Try to disable the Wireless card's Power Saving.
In general, make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows
free local traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native
Firewall should be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your
Network IP numbers on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult
your 3rd Party Firewall instructions.
General example, http://www.ezlan.net/faq#trusted
Vista File and Printer Sharing-
Windows XP File Sharing -
Printer Sharing XP -
Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -
Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista (Not need for XP-SP3) -
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)
"trouble" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Unstable network sharing is usually more of a problem when peripherals or
> drives are on the Vista machine. I have sadly seen many Vista
> installations where file and peripheral sharing one day stops working
> although no sharing/permissions settings have changed.
> What may be happening is that your Vista wireless is not connecting
> properly to the router, also a too common issue in my experience.
> Although other Vista and XP wireless machines may have stable wireless
> connections to the router some Vista units periodically cannot connect
> without resetting the router. I do not know if the blame lies with Vista
> or the wireless hardware/driver in the computer.
> Presumably you have rechecked the XP settings for the printer and they are
> Try resetting the router (unplug/replug the power) and reboot your Vista
> machine. If it connects stably to the network (you can share files with
> the XP machine) but you still cannot share the printer then delete and
> reinstall the share on the XP machine.
> Hopefully you will re-establish printer sharing. However it is a sad fact
> of Vista life that for many users the sharing will not last . . .