Now, to begin with, the purpose of this post is to perhaps help someone who
is having trouble networking a Vista machine with an XP -- and that posting
my own solution may be able to help. In my case, it was Norton Firewall
related -- so this may be helpful to someone with that combination (or
perhaps to extrapolate some of this to other firewalls.)
I could have gone happily off into computing-oblivion, but I know what pain
I was in to get this thing working, and thought to come back and at least
post the good news. Maybe it'll help someone. (Perhaps you can do a reply
here, if it does.)
To begin with, my problem was to network my new Vista laptop with my
wireless router and XP desktop. And reading some of the posts here were
helpful -- but ultimately I figured it out on my own. The weird (and
troubling) thing to me is that as I was working all this up as I set up the
machine originally, it WAS all WORKING. (Don't really know what I did..) but
it was working.
Alas, my new machine had a crash, and I had to re-image the disk. Now,
everything was unchanged in the XP machine, but troublingly, I could no
longer network. And that's when I first came here.
In a nutshell, for me and my configuration (I have a Norton firewall), it
was the Norton that was the problem/solution. I had already configured the XP
directories to share, and I think that was about all I needed to do there.
But the firewall on THIS end had to be configured. And not that it was a
simple solution, as there were TWO things that needed to be done; and I had
had separately fixed each of the ones without the other, and until I happened
to hit on BOTH of them, it still wasn't working.
So, if anyone is trying to get an XP (with McAfee) and Vista (with Norton)
to connect, here were my steps: It turned out that disabling the firewall
wasn't enough -- I had to also configure the other machine to be a "trusted
IP." (And for that matter, trusted IP alone wasn't enough without turning off
the firewall. And for that matter for that matter, both of them together were
sometimes not enough -- I had to turn off and on the firewall a couple of
times, ultimately.) But, for those that are interested, the story is below --
but bear with me one second longer, before I post that: In the process of
working through the steps as I typed them here, (oh joy) everything stopped
working again. Funny, I suppose. But that's when it seemed to me that, even
with the right configurations, the firewall has to be turned off and on,
perhaps multiple times. Perhaps Norton and/or Vista has to have an
opportunity to "look around" and see each other when both of them are out in
the neighborhood. I dunno.. but anyway, the steps are at the bottom:
Now, for those who may be like me -- the "just gotta know" type person. As I
was first getting it working, just for the knowledge of what ultimately
caused this, I went back in and removed that trusted IP configuration. And
boom -- no files. So, OK, that's in, I'm thinking. So I put it back in, and
again NO files. Yikes! And I had it working, I'm thinking. Did I REALLY have
to mess with this, just for the sake of knowing? (Yes, is that answer.)
Anyway, after getting all in a knot for awhile, that's when I turned off --
and then later successfully turned back on -- the firewall. And it worked.
1. Open Norton Protection Center
2. Click on the second tab, "Norton Internet Security"
3. If it's not already, open the "Settings" section by clicking the "open"
4. Scroll down about halfway to the Web Browsing section, and then look for
the Personal Firewall section. Chances are, if the firewall is on, you click
the "On" link (It'll say Off, if you've disabled it), and then..
5. Click on the Configure button.
6. Under the Personal Firewall section, third link down says Trust Control.
7. Middle tab says Trusted. ..Click there.
8. Click on the button that says Add, and then type in the IP of the machine
that you want to network with. (In my case 192.168.0.4) and then OK. [If you
don't know the IP of what you're looking for, then do Control Panel/Network
and Sharing Center and click "View full map" to see your setup. Mouseover the
computer you're looking for, and it will show you its IP. (Now, if your
machine doesn't show up in this map, that's a whole different situation than
I'm talking about, and I'm not a network guy. So you'll have to figure that
9. Once you've entered in the IP -- and this is the part I don't understand
-- that's when I turned off the firewall, and it worked. And then turned back
on the firewall, and it STILL (thankfully) worked.
So, if that alone isn't the end of the saga, as I'm typing this, working
through all the stuff to click, turned off the firewall and back on again,
and again, one more time, it didn't work. Oh joy. Fortunately, I had mapped
the other machine's drive to my computer, which now lists it as a "Y" drive
on mine, right in my windows explorer. And I was still able to access. So, at
least I'm functional.
Now, by "not work" what I mean is that, in Network and Sharing Center, when
I clicked on View full map, it showed the computer, but I couldn't click on
it to see the files. Again, fortunately the previous map was still working,
so I was content. But all too un-understandable to me.
So, as I had nothing to lose (hopefully,) I clicked off and on the firewall
again (all the windows were still open and everything worked again.
I won't be changing it again.
I hope this helps someone. And perhaps, if it does, if I may encourage you
to also do a "success" post, to be able to help someone else. After this
post, I'm going happily off into computing land So, if this helps you,
perhaps YOU can post what DID work, or copy/paste this one. And perhaps we
can perpetuate the successful solution a bit longer.