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I have 2 PC on my home network. One pc is loaded with Windows XP Pro, the other is loaded with Vista Home.

From my vista pc, I can see the XP pc. I can also tranfer files from my XP to my Vista PC.

From my XP pc, when I go to MAP a Network drive, I see VISTA pc but I CANT see any of the shared drive (And they are shared on VISTA). So I CANT MAP my network drive.

I have Norton Internet Security on VISTA.

I have AVG Internet Suite on XP.

Please Help,

Thanks in advance.

Sep 7 '07 #1
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The only way I got this to work for me is to add host entries in the hosts.ini file.

C:\WINDOWS\syst em32\drivers\et c

add the ip addresses and machine names.

Sep 25 '07 #2
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Here's a possible option that has worked for my boss:

Go to My Network Connections
Right-click Properties
Network card name
Right-click Properties
File and Printer Sharing
check-mark OK.

Type the PC name on your Vista laptop under Start
Run WinKey+R \\Pcname

Should see notebook, workstation name in a window.

Let us know how it turned out...
Oct 26 '07 #3
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Step one: uninstall Symantec and use a less invasive program, such as Avast (freeware); then enable Windows Firewall

Step two: right click "my computer" on XP, go to properties and rename the network group so it is the same as the Vista machine (default for Vista is "workgroup; " default for XP is "mshome")

Step three: right click the Vista folders you want to share, select "share," then "change sharing permissions;" create "guest" account if none exists and set permission level to "co-owner"

Step four: Go to Vista's "Network & Sharing Center," turn on all options EXCEPT "password protected sharing"

Step five: On XP machine, right click "my computer," select "map network drive," and select the Vista folder you changed above.

That worked for me. Hope this helps.
Jul 16 '08 #4
1 New Member
Had to poke around for a while before I figured this out. In Vista, go to Network and Sharing Center. At the bottom of the screen, there's an option "Password protected sharing." It was set to ON. When I set it to OFF, my XP machine suddenly was able to see my Vista machine.
Jan 21 '10 #5
Zdravko Kuzmanov
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thanks a lot laszlojamf
Feb 22 '10 #6

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