my Windows 7 pro 64-bit and Windows XP machines are connected via a netgear gs605 switch which then connect to a netgear wpn824v2 router to the internet. Both Machines can find each other if I type \\machinename into explorer and files are then accessible by both. I guess I should be happy that this works since most o fthe posts I've seen are related to people not being able to access there XP machine at all. However I'm a stickler for trying to get things to work the way they are supposed to. So I'd like to try and get each machine tp show up in the others "Network/network places". I have already made sure all the sharing settings are set properly in win 7. In "advanced sharing settings" I've set it to Home network: Turn on network discovery "ON" Turn on File and printer sharing "ON" Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in Public folders "ON" Media streaming is off Enable file sharing for devices that use 40- or 56- bit encryption "ON" Turn off password protected sharing "ON" Use user accounts and passwords to connect to the other computers "ON" Windows 7 does see my XP computer if I click see "full map" in "network and sharing center" however it is not click-able. I have also installed and enabled link "layer topology Discovery on my XP machine. I have also tried turning off my windows firewalls on both machines and in "norton antivirus 2010" all to no avail... the issue was unchanged. Any help would be appreciated.