How to Share files between xp and vista

brooke21

New Member
Sorry, but I can't find my unique situation. I just bought a gatway laptop with vista and also have another laptop with xp. I have a network set up. Both laptops can get on that network wirelessly and can get on the internet with both.

Now the PROBLEM, my xp laptop (wireless) sees the vista laptop (wireless) but the vista laptop doesn't see the xp laptop.

I have made the vistat laptop private and turned on all sharing. I also tried to double click the vista laptop icon(on the xp laptop) but got the error message (not authorized...).

What steps do I need to take to get the two computers sharing?
 

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Joan Archer

Cross Stitch Queen
Vista Guru
Are you allowing the computers through the firewalls, which do you use on the machines ?
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy x360 Convertible 15-bq0xx
    CPU
    AMD A9 Stoney Ridge Technology
    Motherboard
    HP 8312 (Socket FP4)
    Memory
    8.00GB Dual-Channel Unknown (?-0-0-0)
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    Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected]) 512MB ATI AMD Radeon R5
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Aud
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor on AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    119GB SanDisk SD8SN8U-128G-1006 (SSD)
    931GB Hitachi HGST HTS721010A9E630 (SATA
    Mouse
    Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    62.86Mbps down 18.19Mbps up
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    EPSON78D0CF (XP-332 335 Series) (Default Printer)

Milan

New Member
i have the same prob.
on my notebook i have vista and on my desktop computer i have XP and sometimes i can see files on XP and sometime i can't.
btw my firewall is turn off,file sharing is on,password protected sharing is off and media sharing is on
 

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KitKat

New Member
Make sure that both computers are in the same 'workgroup.' (Found in computer properties). I had a similar problem and that helped.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio 15 Laptop
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1 GHz
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    256 MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.4 WXGA w/ TrueLife

brooke21

New Member
The two laptops are in the same workgroup, all vista file sharing is on, the connection is set to private but when I look at the network map (on vista laptiop) the only thing I see is the internet icon(the world) then the router then my vista laptop. How do I get my vista laptop to see the other laptop running xp (wirelessly)?
 

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Barman58

Staff member
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Hi,

to improve discovery between vista and XP macines you may want to download and install the Link Layer Topology discovery service on the XP machines.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...1D-EE46-481E-BA11-37F485FA34EA&displaylang=en

also typing \\xpcomputername\ into the vista start menu search bar should display the available shares on the XP machine "xpcomputername" even when they are not displayed in the network and sharing centre or the network tab
 

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.488
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer G276HL 27", (DVi) + Samsung 39" HDTV (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    2 x 1920x1080 @50Hz
  • Manufacturer/Model
    Real World Computers (Custom by Me)
    CPU
    AMD FX8350 Vishera 8 Core @4GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M5A78L-M USB3
    Memory
    32GB [4x8GB] DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus nVidia GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 (2GB DDR5)
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xoner DG + SPDIF to 5.1 System + HDMI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Internal
    Crucial CT256MX100SSD1 256GB SSD,
    Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH1 2TB,

    External (USB3)
    Seagate Backup+ Hub BK SCSI Disk 8TB
    2.5/3.5 Hot Swap Cradle, USB3 + eSata (client HDDs)
    NAS 4TB
    PSU
    Aerocool Templarius Imperator 750W 80+ Silver
    Case
    AeroCool X-Warrior Red Devil Tower
    Cooling
    Hyper103 CPU, Rear 120mm, Front 2x120mm, Side 2x120mm
    Internet Speed
    68 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
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    Six Sensor Auto / Manual Digital cooling (Fan) control with Touch control Panel

Submarine

Member
Vista Pro
Now the PROBLEM, my xp laptop (wireless) sees the vista laptop (wireless) but the vista laptop doesn't see the xp laptop.

I have made the vistat laptop private and turned on all sharing. I also tried to double click the vista laptop icon(on the xp laptop) but got the error message (not authorized...).

Try to search for Network discovery in Vista's Help and Support and then look at "What is network discovery". There could perhaps be some clues there.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS720
    CPU
    Intel Quad Q6600 2.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell 0YU822, NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI SPP / SLI MCP
    Memory
    4GB DDR2 800MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti, 1024 MB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 2407WFP-HC
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    NVIDIA 640GB SATA Raid 0 (2x320GB) (7200 rpm) for Vista,
    Intel X25-M G2 160 GB for W7,
    Maxtor OT III External HDD,
    WD Elements 1 TB External HDD
    Internet Speed
    100/20
    Other Info
    M779 PCIe PAL/SECAM/DVB-T Desktop TV Tuner. Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller.
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