Cannot connect Win7 Ultimate to XP network

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Networking' started by pmh924, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. pmh924

    pmh924 New Member

    Mar 8, 2011
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    I understand this question has been asked and answered hundreds of times but i still need help.

    I have 3 machines running XP and one desktop running windows 7. I have had the Win7 machine over a year and have hardly used it due to not being able to see the xp machines.

    The win7 machine was initally running home premium and i was told by a number of people that home premium would not being able to connect to XP machines and i would need to upgrade to proffesional or higher. I reluctantly purchased an upgrade to Ultimate but am still have the same problem.

    One of the XP machines is used as a storage centre for media, files etc and also has printers and scanners connected to it. all of the xp machines can access drives and use printers and scanners but win 7 machine won't even acknowledge they are there.

    I need simple plain english solution as i have found myself struggling to understand some of the other solutions i have found on the web.

    Please help someone or i think the win 7 machine will end up on Ebay!!!
  2. helpifIcan

    helpifIcan Extraordinary Member

    Jun 20, 2009
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    I have a WIN7, VISTA, & 2 XP pcs networked so it is possible. The WIN7 PC must be set up as a workgroup not a home group.
    Try this and see if it helps.

    Join or create a workgroup
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  3. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

    Jan 12, 2009
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    The Home Premium WILL be able to connect to other XP computers on network. You need to use Workgroup and make sure the name is the same on all machines.

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