Win 7 computer see/don't see win xp computers randomly

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Networking' started by utzly, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. utzly

    utzly New Member

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    Hi all,

    I run Win 7 64 bit on an i7 950 processor based machine with 6 GB RAM.
    There are 3 more computers at my home which operate under win xp pro operating system.

    When I open windows explorer on the win 7 computer I sometimes see the other computers (under network) and sometimes I don't. It changes randomly - I see them now, take a coffee break, when I come back I don't see them.

    Really annoying when you depend on data which resides in one of the other computers (can't copy everything to the new one :mad:).

    Any help on the matter?
    Utzly
     
  2. Highwayman

    Highwayman Extraordinary Member

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    Yea WINXP is naff for sharing to newer OS's, personally i'd update all the other PCs in the home (like I did) to Win7 since its much better for networking...but thats just my view...or maybe look at "Hamachi" as a bypass to the issue since that is easy to setup a crossplatform VPN connection without the usual hassles of other VPN solutions.
     
  3. utzly

    utzly New Member

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    Some sort of a solution

    Things got even funnier: the fact that I don't see any icons for the other computers, under 'network', doesn't mean that the win 7 computer can't reach them! I added the other computer's addresses to the favorites and whenever they disappear from explorer I can reach them via the favorite connection.
    Strange!

    Utzly
     

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