Can’t network Win XP/Win 7

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Hi,

I have a few machines at home with either Windows XP or Windows 7 installed. We usually share files that are in each of our computers. However, our Windows XP machines can't see or can't communicate with the Windows 7 machines.
 
Is there anything I should check with the setup?
 
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Can’t network Win XP/Win 7

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Hi Rand,

Yes, there is something that you should check. You should check to ensure that the computers are shared. For Windows 7, click on the network connection icon in the task bar, then click on 'open network and sharing center'. Look for 'change advanced sharing settings' and click on it. Ensure that network discovery is turned on, public folder sharing is turned on and password protected sharing is disabled, then click ok. XP should be having a more or less similar way to change the settings.
 
Also ensure that the computers are under the same Domain. To see the domain, right click on my computer, then properties. Check the option for 'WORKGROUP' and ensure that name does not differ for the computers.
 
Hope this helps.
 
Regards,
 
Lee Hung.
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Can’t network Win XP/Win 7

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Hello there!

In your Windows 7, go to your Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Network and Sharing Center. Then click “Change advanced sharing settings.” Do not use Homegroup unless you have all Windows 7 machines. In the Advanced Sharing, turn on the following:

  • Network discovery File and printer sharing ;
  • Sharing in the Public folder sharing section ;
  • Password protected sharing ;
  • Turn Off the simple file sharing in Folder Options ;
  • View tab.
  • Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local Area Network (LAN) traffic as trusted.

Turning on the File and Printer Sharing in Windows 7 as mentioned above, will take care of this for you. But if you're running a third-party firewall, configure LAN allowance with an IP range.

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