Networking Problem: XP Laptop cannot see Windows 7 PC - Help!

#1
I have two computers at home on a wireless network - a Laptop on XP, and My Desktop which was on XP but is now running Windows 7.

I had a simple network for file sharing working fine - they are both on the MSHOME workgroup. Upon installing Windows 7 on my desktop, I added it to the MSHOME workgroup. When I go into My Network Places, it sees itself, and also my laptop which is running XP - I can read files from the laptop etc no worries.

However, my laptop cannot see my Windows 7 PC at all. All it sees is itself. I have no idea how, but at one stage it was seeing the Win7 PC, but when I tried to access it it asked me for a username and password - I don't have a password set up - and any guesses I tried failed. Now its not seeing it at all again.

Any ideas?
 


#2
Anyone?

Apparently this was a problem on Vista too, anyone know?
Thanks
 


iroken22

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#3
Do you have windows XP Service Pack 3 installed? In Service pack three they included link layer topology discovery which is an add on so that the XP machine can see both VISTA and Seven
 


#4
Yes SP3 is installed.

Any suggestions?

Is this not a problem with Windows 7, not XP?
 


iroken22

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#5
Ok well first thing is you need to have folders that are shared on the windows 7 machine otherwise it wont show up. it was giving you the username and password because if you have shared folders on the 7 computer you did not set permissions for the other computer to access them. Go into the Network and sharing center>Change Advanced Sharing Settings> Turn Password Protection off. That way you wont have to enter a password to access it. If this doesnt help tell me and i will come up with other possiblities.
 


#6
Cool I got it working! Thanks all!
 


#7
Ok well first thing is you need to have folders that are shared on the windows 7 machine otherwise it wont show up. it was giving you the username and password because if you have shared folders on the 7 computer you did not set permissions for the other computer to access them. Go into the Network and sharing center>Change Advanced Sharing Settings> Turn Password Protection off. That way you wont have to enter a password to access it. If this doesnt help tell me and i will come up with other possiblities.
Created to say thank you as well.
 


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