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Networking A Vista Computer To An Xp Computer


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#1 confusedntx

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 03:24 PM

Hello. I am totally new to networking and I am having a horrible time trying to figure out how to share files and printers that are on a VISTA computer to an XP computer. Here is what I am using: My VISTA computer has a Belkin Wireless G Router, 2.4Ghz. The XP computer has a Belkin Wireless G USB Network Adapter. The internet is working fine on both computers, but I am unable to access any printer or files FROM the VISTA computer when I am on the XP computer. I am able to access files from the XP computer when I am on the VISTA computer, I do not have a printer attached to the XP computer at this time, so I am unable to test if that works. I would really like to be able to access my VISTA computer documents and printers with my XP computer though. Any help would be really appreaciated! I have changed the workgroup name on my XP computer to "workgroup" and that did help my XP computer at least "see" the VISTA computer, but it won't let me access and files or printers. I hope this makes sense to someone ;-)

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 03:52 AM

Use wired networking and spare urself the pain.
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Posted 26 June 2007 - 06:26 PM

Sharing files and folders in a workgroup setting is a real PITA for me. You must use the Shared Documents folders in XP and you must use the Public Folders in Vista. Both computers have to have file and printer sharing enabled. This sort of file sharing uses the Guest account permissions, so if the Guest account doesn't have permission for what you want to do - you're up the creek without a paddle.

One way around this is by "mirroring" accounts. That is having the exact same account on each system (Administrator or limited user, exact same user name and exact same password). This simplifies things enormously - but it's just a kludge workaround to the limitations of file sharing.
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