> I have 2 machines running Vista and 1 running Mac Leopard. I can't get
> them to play nice. The wireless network is connected to the internet
> through my Mac (airport). All computers can access the internet. My
> desktop (vista) can reach a mac location I created by adding a network
> location on my computer. My laptop (vista) can't reach the Mac at all. The
> worst part about it is that my 2 vista machines won't connect to each
> other! I see the icon for each in my network, but when I click on them I
> get errors. One vista has McAfee and one had Norton360.
> My settings (on both vistas) are:
> Private Network
> File Sharing On
> Network Discovery On
> Public Folder Sharing OnPrinter Sharing Off
> Password Protected Sharing Off
> Media Sharing On
> Can anyone help me? It's so frustrating having 2 pc with Vista sitting 5
> feet from each other and I can't share ym own files. Security is great,
> but not when it keeps me from my onw info...
In addition to what Robert said about McAfee/Norton (really dreadful
programs), see below for networking Vista and Leopard. Also please note
that if you have an Airport Base Station, your computers do not get the
Internet through your Mac but through the Airport, which is a router.
This assumes that you have correctly set up Windows Sharing in OS X. If you
have Leopard, make sure you are using the SMB protocol and not AFP. You
must create matching user accounts/passwords on both the Mac and Vista. You
do not need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the
passwords assigned to each user account can be different; the
accounts/passwords just need to exist and match on all machines. If you
wish a machine to boot directly to the Desktop in Vista (into one
particular user's account) for convenience, you can do this. The
instructions at this link work for both XP and Vista:
Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/Autologon.htm
You also need to make sure you've correctly configured your firewalls on
both machines to allow the Local Area Network as trusted.
To enable Windows Vista to connect to Mac OS X with Windows File Sharing
enabled, you will need to change the following policy in Windows Vista:
Click on "Local Policies" --> "Security Options"
Navigate to the policy "Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level"
and double-click it to get its Properties. By default Windows Vista sets
the policy to "NTVLM2 responses only". Use the drop-down arrow to change
this to "LM and NTLM ? use NTLMV2 session security if negotiated".
In Vista Home Premium, you won't have this tool so per Steve Winograd, do:
1. Run the registry editor and open this key:
1. If it doesn't already exist, create a DWORD value named
3. Set the value to 1
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