okay windows lovers, this is how i got windows 7 to accept incoming connections from XP so you can view files on the W7 computer from the windows XP computer: THIS IS AFTER YOU HAVE SHARED THE FOLDERS AND FILES OF YOUR CHOICE! 1. unjoin any "homegroups." 2. make sure your connection is considered a "HOME" connection. 3. Open network and sharing center and click on Choose homegroup and sharing options... 4. Then click Change Advanced sharing settings. 5. Expand Home and Work. 6. Make sure these options are selected... A. Turn on Network Discovery B. Turn on File and Printer sharing C. Select Either: Turn on sharing so that anyone with network access can open files OR: Turn on sharing so that anyone with network access can open, change and create files. D. Turn off password protected sharing E. Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers. I think that the last selection is the most important, once it works, feel free to tinker with the settings; once it sets the options for "Home and Work" it automatically changes those setting to "Public" network. P.S. This was using windows 7 (32-bit edition). I also turned off my firewall, tinkering with that can be done by YOU, because most people's settings are different.