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Accessing home network computers

puffinanda

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I'm trying to access other computers on my home network. My Vista laptop recognizes the computers in the shared workgroup, but I cannot connect to them. When I attempt to connect to the other computers in the workgroup, the login dialog appears asking for user name and password. Vista appends the computername as part of the username (computername\username), which the other workgroup computers do not recognize. Would like to just enter the username without having the computername automatically appended. Is there a way to suppress the computername when providing the username?
 

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Chuck [MVP]

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On Tue, 1 Jul 2008 12:01:50 -0500, puffinanda <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

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>I'm trying to access other computers on my home network. My Vista laptop
>recognizes the computers in the shared workgroup, but I cannot connect
>to them. When I attempt to connect to the other computers in the
>workgroup, the login dialog appears asking for user name and password.
>Vista appends the computername as part of the username
>(computername\username), which the other workgroup computers do not
>recognize. Would like to just enter the username without having the
>computername automatically appended. Is there a way to suppress the
>computername when providing the username?
The Vista computer pre pending the computer name to the user name is a symptom
of the problem, it's not necessarily the problem itself.

I'm guessing that the other computers run Windows XP. If so, XP Home or Pro?
If Pro, with Simple or Advanced File Sharing? If AFS, with Guest or non-Guest
authentication? You need to have all computers setup compatibly.
<http://networking.nitecruzr.net/2005/06/file-sharing-under-windows-xp.html>
http://networking.nitecruzr.net/2005/06/file-sharing-under-windows-xp.html

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Cheers,
Chuck, MS-MVP 2005-2008 [Windows - Desktop Experience]
http://networking.nitecruzr.net/
 

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puffinanda

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Thanks, Chuck. Yes, the other computers in my home network run XP Pro. Interestingly, I can access my Vista laptop through the shared workgroup from the XP Pro desktop systems, but not the other way around. On the XP pro systems, the login dialog does not append the computer name.

Chuck [MVP];764292 said:
On Tue, 1 Jul 2008 12:01:50 -0500, puffinanda <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

>
>I'm trying to access other computers on my home network. My Vista laptop
>recognizes the computers in the shared workgroup, but I cannot connect
>to them. When I attempt to connect to the other computers in the
>workgroup, the login dialog appears asking for user name and password.
>Vista appends the computername as part of the username
>(computername\username), which the other workgroup computers do not
>recognize. Would like to just enter the username without having the
>computername automatically appended. Is there a way to suppress the
>computername when providing the username?
The Vista computer pre pending the computer name to the user name is a symptom
of the problem, it's not necessarily the problem itself.

I'm guessing that the other computers run Windows XP. If so, XP Home or Pro?
If Pro, with Simple or Advanced File Sharing? If AFS, with Guest or non-Guest
authentication? You need to have all computers setup compatibly.
<http://networking.nitecruzr.net/2005/06/file-sharing-under-windows-xp.html>
PChuck's Network: File Sharing Under Windows XP / Vista

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Cheers,
Chuck, MS-MVP 2005-2008 [Windows - Desktop Experience]
PChuck's Network
 

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