Hello, I have 2 networking/file sharing problems with Vista Home Premium
that appeared suddenly and arbitrarily.
I successfully added a Vista Home Prem machine to my existing network over 6
weeks ago. A printer is attached to the Vista machine. I do not have a
print server on my router, so I need to ensure the Vista machine is booted up
in order to print from the XP machine. The addition of the Vista machine
went flawlessly. I changed the security settings in Vista to Private
Network. I enabled file sharing, but did not enable password protection.
We could share files (simple file sharing in XP) and print from the Xp
machine until 3 days ago. Suddenly we were denied printing and prompted for
User names and passwords when navigating to the Vista machine's public
folder. No new programs had been installed (we had been on vacation) and no
settings had been changed. Right before we left for vacation, I printed off
directions for our trip, then when I returned - printer access denied and
password prompts. We went from Camelot to HADES. Blast it, I'm never going
on vacation again. Here's where I need help:
**TURN OFF PASSWORD? I have tried to turn off password protected sharing in
the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing window, but am
unable to complete the change. I select the appropriate radio button and
click Apply, but nothing changes. I am an administrator on the computer.
**LESS CUMBERSOME PROCESS? The work around I'm using is tedious. I changed
the XP machine to Advanced File Sharing. In order to use the printer
attached to the Vista machine, I must navigate to the other machine's public
folder, which prompts me for a user name and password. Only after inputting
this information, I can print. Is there an easier way to do this?
This is frustrating as heck, so any help would be appreciated. Janie!