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Vista cannot see XP computers on network

  1. #1


    Bill Guest

    Vista cannot see XP computers on network

    I am very new to Vista. I have a small home network. The three XP
    machines on the network use static IP addresses. One of the XP machines
    shares a printer. When I open Windows Explorer and click on Network the
    only computer listed is the Vista Business machine.

    I cannot find any way to search for a computer by entering the computer
    name or IP address as I can in Explorer on XP. I have no idea what the
    search box in the upper right corner is supposed to do but it does not
    work. As soon as I type any character in the box it says "No items
    match your search."

    I can ping the XP machine from a command window on the vista machine.

    If I do DIR \\COMPUTERNAME\PRINT$ at the command prompt the directory
    on the XP machine is listed.

    I can see the Vista machine in Explorer on the XP machine.

    What must I do to allow Vista to see the other computers on the
    network??? Thanks.

    --
    ..Bill.

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  2. #2


    Bill Guest

    Re: Vista cannot see XP computers on network

    I should add that network discovery is On on the Vista machine.

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    ..Bill.

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  3. #3


    Dominic Payer Guest

    Re: Vista cannot see XP computers on network

    If your XP machines are not at SP3, you should install the LLTD Responder on
    them
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en



    "Bill" <no@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:Oj3mzzJ0IHA.5400@xxxxxx

    >I am very new to Vista. I have a small home network. The three XP
    > machines on the network use static IP addresses. One of the XP machines
    > shares a printer. When I open Windows Explorer and click on Network the
    > only computer listed is the Vista Business machine.
    >
    > I cannot find any way to search for a computer by entering the computer
    > name or IP address as I can in Explorer on XP. I have no idea what the
    > search box in the upper right corner is supposed to do but it does not
    > work. As soon as I type any character in the box it says "No items
    > match your search."
    >
    > I can ping the XP machine from a command window on the vista machine.
    >
    > If I do DIR \\COMPUTERNAME\PRINT$ at the command prompt the directory
    > on the XP machine is listed.
    >
    > I can see the Vista machine in Explorer on the XP machine.
    >
    > What must I do to allow Vista to see the other computers on the
    > network??? Thanks.
    >
    > --
    > .Bill.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Bill Guest

    Re: Vista cannot see XP computers on network

    The does not work. I still cannot see the XP computers.

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    ..Bill.

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  5. #5


    Bill Guest

    Re: Vista cannot see XP computers on network

    All of the XP computers are SP3.

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    ..Bill.

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  6. #6


    Mick Murphy Guest

    Re: Vista cannot see XP computers on network

    Below is how I network XP and Vista.
    1st:Workgroup names MUST be the same!

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../bb727037.aspx

    Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

    Permissions/Share info is there as well.

    If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
    sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
    Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

    1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
    the SAME.

    In Vista Network and Sharing:

    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 (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared
    Docs)

    Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
    passwords (passwords can be different) on ALL computers in your Network) If
    you have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
    access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista computer.

    Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
    Wizard to include Vista in your “New” Network, even if you had an XP Network
    set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
    work for XP machines!).

    In “My Network Places”: “Set up a Home or Small Office Network”
    OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
    and Printer Sharing.

    --
    Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia


    "Bill" wrote:

    > All of the XP computers are SP3.
    >
    > --
    > ..Bill.
    >

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  7. #7


    Colin Barnhorst Guest

    Re: Vista cannot see XP computers on network

    Try installing the link layer topology discovery (responder) software on the
    XP machines.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en
    If you still cannot see the XP machines from the Vista machine then you may
    want to use the microsoft.public.windows.vista.network_sharing newsgroup to
    drill down into the problem. Not that you shouldn't use this one too, but
    the networking gurus are in the other group.

    "Bill" <no@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:elk3E1K0IHA.5400@xxxxxx

    > The does not work. I still cannot see the XP computers.
    >
    > --
    > .Bill.

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