How do I connect my Vista Laptop to my Win7 desktop?

Hi Windows 7 Fans:

I just upgraded my Dell Desktop from Vista 32-business to Windows 7 Enterprise.

I changed my password and now I can not connect thru my network to my Desktop from my Dell
Vista Laptop.

I have my files shared and network sharing & printer sharing enabled but now I can not connect via my Laptop.

How do I fix this?

I can't join a Win7 homegroup (workgroup) with Vista right?

Please advise.

Rick Stuntebeck
Mpls, MN.
(612) 605-0706 home.


Excellent Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
Can you ping the other computer? Can you see it on the Full map.

If you only have one Win 7 computer, you don't need a Homegroup. Run them both on the same workgroup.

Have you tried remote desktop?

I have the same problem I have a dell vista laptop and a white box windows 7 PC. This is the first time in 20 years I have had issues with networking. I can see the computers on the network but can not access either from the other. This sucks. I have the printer on the windows 7 computer. I have went through all the required steps for networking and authorizing.

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