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Vista laptop to XP network. Internet works but no printer or file sharing


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#1 herbaklez

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:27 PM

A friend has come to stay for a while with her Vista Laptop. I have a home network (ethernet) on all XP Pro computers.

The Vista laptop has been connected to the internet via the wireless on the router. I am unfamiliar with Vista, and can't seem to find a way to get the laptop to see my network's other computers or printers.

The PCs are on two different network groups; MSHOME and WORKGROUP. I have no trouble with any of them seeing each other, or sharing printers.

What am I missing here?

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#2 gavinseabrook

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:04 AM

Vista to XP and vise versa network sharing sucks. Best bet is to get your computers IP address (Start>Run>Cmd>ipconfig) and type that into the Address bar of your my computer in this style "\\<IPADDRESS>". See if that gets you going.

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#3 herbaklez

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:58 PM

Thanks for getting back to me on this.

That explains why I had no trouble on a previous occasion connecting an XP laptop to the same network.

Please clarify, Which computer's IP address do I need to obtain, and which computer do I type that address into?

Edited by herbaklez, 26 February 2009 - 02:01 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2009 - 06:51 PM

If you're looking to share files among all of these computers, they should all have the same workgroup name. Since the Vista machine is the most recently added, it would be simplest to change its name to "MSHOME" (the default workgroup name of the XP machines). To do this, go into the system menue (press Windows key and search for "System". Click on it, then go to where it shows the computer and network names. Press "Change" to make the needed changes. You may have to restart your Vista machine in order for the new settings to take place (even if you don't receive a message telling you to do so). Also, if your XP machines are not completely up to date, you may need to download the LLTD protocol onto your XP machines. See this link http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/e...f791033.mspx#ES for further details.

Good luck.

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