Can ping other PCs on home network, but Vista doesn't see them or shared printer
I bought a new HP slimline pavillion with Vista Home Premium pre-installed for my daughter. I have spent many hours trying to get it connected to my home network with no succcess. Specifically I need to use the shared network printer. Details Two other computers, both running XP Professional, connected to the Vista machine through a Dlink DI-624. All machines use McAffee AV that I get free from Comcast. The other computers can see the Vista machine and access shared folders on it, and I was able to map a network drive to the Vista shared folder, but the XP computers do not show up in the Workgroup list on the Vista machine, and I cannot access them or the shared printer. The XP computers do show up on the network map of the Vista machine, and pinging them and the router by IP address works fine. I can also ping the Vista machine from the XP machines. I have tried the following: Downloaded and installed LLTD on the XP computers. Upgraded router firmware. Reset router and cable modem to factory defaults. Enabled TCP/NetBios on the vista IPv4 protocol. Disabled all firewalls and virus software on all machines in all combinations. Uninstalled Juniper SSL VPN. Deleted all registry entries and folders from a pre-installed copy of Norton AV. I also tried installing the printer by name (it doesn't show up on the detected list), and generally get an error that the server printer spooler service has stopped (it hasn't), although I sometimes just get a generic can't connect type of error. Trying to connect to the XP computers from theVista run command by name or IP address also get the can't locate error.
March 2nd, 2007 1:17am

I too have a similar situation. I recently bought a Pavilion with Vista Home Premium. I have tried some of the networking solution found in the KB with no luck. So I ventured out to Linksys to check the compatibility of my router and found it is NOT supported. So my solution is now to upgrade to one of the newer routers.
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March 14th, 2007 3:46am

I have the same problem but what I found that does work is if I type the IP address of the XP computers in Windows Explorer, Vista does then see their shared files/printers. For example, I open up Windows Explorer and at the address bar I type \\ and hit Enter then Vista finds the computer and views its shared files and folders/printers. I cannot get it to see the XP computers on its own (it won't discover them). Did you find a solution?
May 24th, 2007 5:25am

I am also having the same problem. I can see and access (read/write) shares on the Vista computer from other (Windows XP Professional) systems on the network, but the Vista machine will not show the home network workgroup or any of the XP Prof system on it. Note that the XP machines do not show the Vista machine in the network tree, but a "search" by name finds it.I can see the XP Pro shares by typing the IP address of the network systems as suggested below. It appears that there is a problem with name discovery, although I have turned name discovery on.DavidI just found this on another site: On May 30th, 2007 Stormulus (not verified) says: Microsoft has a support article entitled "Network Map in Windows Vista does not display computers that are running Windows XP". They have released an update for XP that installs the LLTD (Link Layer Topology Discovery) Responder which should resolve the issue some of you have desribed. You can find the article and access the download here: KB922120 - Network Map in Windows Vista does not display computers that are running Windows XP
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June 1st, 2007 6:21am

I had exactlythe same problem at a client with the print spooler and all. install service pack1 put network location to private turn network discovery to on and then it worked.try it and let me know
May 30th, 2008 12:09pm

Lol, this is an easy fix usually. Change the workgroup name of the Vista PC. The default workgroup name for XP is MSHOME, and the default workgroup name for Vista is WORKGROUP.To change this, go to Start > Control Panel-Click Classic View > SystemThen go down to Computer name, domain, and workgroup settingsand on the right there should be Change settings.Click that.Now at the bottom of that it should say CHANGE.Click that, and change the bottom text box to MSHOME or what ever your XP workgroup is.
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August 17th, 2008 1:58pm

(Had to change my screenname, but I'm the original poster) lol, duh. You think I would go through all those other fixes before I checked the workgroup name? The issue turned out to be a wireless webcam that had been uninstalled from the XP machine, but was still broadcasting to the network from my garage. Itdidn't show up on the Windows network map, but did show up as unknown device or something like that (it was a long time ago)ona Network Magic network map. Unplugging this device solved all my problems.
August 18th, 2008 2:30am

Woo i got it to work, i went into the network and sharing system, went into view status of connection, and then into properties, then all i ticked was "Client for microsoft windows", saved it, refreshed my network folder thing, and alot more computers showed up! yay
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