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Unable to connect Windows 7 and Windows XP trhough workgroup


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#1 darkknite

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:56 PM

So recently, I got my internet upgraded and my ISP required me to upgrade the modem as well. This new modem is actually a modem and router combined into one. Since the router that was included with my modem is a lot better than my old one, I've decided to just use the included router.

Now for my problem. With the new router, I am now not able to share files/printer through the workgroups.

The specifications for my computers that I want to connect are as follows:

Windows 7 64-bit
Intel i5 650 @ 3.2 GHz
ATI Radeon HD 5570
6 GB RAM
1 TB Hard drive
Wireless

Windows XP
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3200+ @ 2.0 GHz
A8N-VM CSM-NBP motherboard with NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Chipset
1 GB RAM
75 GB Hard Drive
Wired

As for the new router it is the Cisco DPC3825

I'm not sure what else to add besides the fact I have tried the basic solutions found online (have the same workgroup name, allowing file and printer sharing on Windows firewall etc...)

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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#2 bjamrok

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 04:11 PM

Are the computers visible from each other in the network neighborhood area?
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#3 darkknite

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 04:21 PM

Well they can see themselves, but not each other (for example, if I were to click on "Workgroup" on my XP, I can only see my XP, and when I click on "Network" on my 7, it only shows the 7)

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 07:50 PM

Anyone have a solution to my problem?

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:22 AM

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15247/complete-guide-to-networking-windows-7-with-xp-and-vista/

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/

Edited by sundavis, 19 September 2011 - 02:06 AM.


#6 darkknite

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 02:25 PM

Still didn't work. Are there any other possible ways? Or is there something wrong with one of my computers?

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 02:51 PM

Make sure that the name of the workgroup is the same for both systems on the network. On windows 7 it shows Workgroup as default above the wizard to join a domain or workgroup, I have had instances where I had to re join a workgroup, and re-enter the name of the workgroup on windows 7 to be able to see the XP computer for some reason. Try the join a Workgroup Wizard again

Edited by BarleyBo, 20 September 2011 - 02:58 PM.


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Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:46 PM

Check your router's settings for a setting that blocks local-network access for wireless clients. Many routers today have a feature that will keep the wireless and LAN as pretty much separate (physical) networks.

If that fails, try plugging directly into the new modem/router and see what happens.

Edited by NpaMA, 22 September 2011 - 01:46 PM.





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