Problems trying to share XP files and printer
Here's my problem. I added a new Vista Ultimate laptop to home network.The Vista PC was able to share files on 3 XP PCs and Share Printers on XP PCs.Norton Internet Security Expired and I renewed.Vista Laptop no longer able to see other XP File Shares and Printers.After trying to configure, decided to uninstall NIS.Still unble to share XP file shares and printers.Vista Laptop can be seen by XP PCs occasionally.Vista network center shows network to be private - Check!File discovery is ON - Check!File Sharing is Custom. When I try to change to ON, and apply,nothing changes.Turned off Simple Networking on 1 of 3 XP PCs. No change. I read the following article without any resolution. Made sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is the SAME. Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers) Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc) File Sharing: ON Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vistas Public Folder is the same as XPs Shared Docs) Password Protected: OFF Last weekend I removed all firewalls without any improvement. Iinstalled LLTD on the XP workstations and reran the XP network wizard.Still no joy... However, the vista workstation, can generate adetailed network map of the network, showing the XP workstations,switch, internet gateway, etc. I had a brainstorm and tried to execute, on Vista, a NET VIEW in thecommand window and received the message " Service is not started", orsomething to that effect. This sounds like I have zero'd in on the problem. What servicesshould be running in a P2P networking environment? Why wouldthey not be started or even listed in the services control panel. Whatsteps need to be taken to correct the problem?
March 17th, 2008 9:31pm

Hi MDGallaugher, After running net view, please export the whole error message for further research. Meanwhile, please check if the Status and Startup Type of the following two services are Start and Automatic on all the computers: Server service Computer Browser service If not, please correct it and check the result. In addition, please check if you can access the share folder using UNC path, for example: On a Windows Vista computer, click Start, type \\<ip_address_of_a_Windows_XP_Computer>\<Share_Folder>, and press Enter to check the result. Hope it helps.
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March 19th, 2008 10:06am

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