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Networking an XP and Windows 7 PC together?


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#1 cap2587

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 12:28 PM

Is it actually possible to successfully network a PC running windows XP with a Windows 7 installed PC. I have tried everything that I know to do, but had no luck. Put them on the same Workgroup name. Made them both have the same user name and password. I don't like doing this option as I hate having to type the password in and not having a different user name for each computer. I can't see any network path for the XP computer on the windows 7 PC. On the XP PC it says that the workgroup is not accessible. Can someone help me or direct me to a good link or article on this topic. Thanks.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 01:13 PM

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/s...ndows-7-and-xp/

it should work.
this article explains how to enable file and printer sharing on both.

check for additional 3rd party firewalls that would be blocking access

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 01:16 PM

double post sorry

Edited by meuchel, 12 May 2010 - 01:16 PM.


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Posted 12 May 2010 - 02:18 PM

That Looks like a good tutorial from How to Geek. Do I have to have the same user name and password on both machine's. Thanks

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 02:41 PM

no you shouldn't

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 07:56 PM

I have followed the tutorial and still seems like it isn't working. Neither PC see's each other. Windows XP says I can't access the workgroup. Is there other things I should check. I disabled the firewall on both systems. Thanks

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 08:54 AM

what versions of xp and 7 are you using?

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 06:21 PM

Windows 7 Home Premium and XP Home Edition. Thanks for staying with me.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 10:45 AM

double checking the following
both computers on the same workgroup
both computers plugged into the same switch/router
check the ip address of both computers the both should be a.b.c.X and a.b.c.Y

can you ping computer a from b and vise versa?

does your switch/router prevent local sharing?

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:40 AM

Any firewalls installed?

Hope this helps thumbup.gif

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