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NT4 sees XP Pro in network neighborhood, but access denied

Trying to help friend remotely. Besides not being an expert in networking, I've never used NT4.

3-pc home LAN with NT4, Win 98 and XP Pro SR2.
No problems with Win 98 access to/from either of the others.
XP Pro can access NT4 files.
NT4 only sees XP Pro in Network Neighborhood and Win Explorer, does not allow access to it.

XP Pro was the latest computer added, and required a lot of tweaking months ago to get it working properly together. Unfortunately, the user recently restored NT4 with a Ghost image made before the connection was configured, and has been denied access to XP Pro from NT4 since. (There was not a new image made after the successful setup).

Therefore, it seems that the problem might lie with NT4, but can't see where.

Unique computer names, same workgroup, user names (admin) and passwords identical.

Have played around with permissions, policies, services and shares, but no combination has worked so far.

After each settings change, both computers are rebooted. If the change has no effect, the original setting is restored and another reboot.

Nothing of help in Event Viewer of either PC.

More details may be supplied, if I know what you need.

Any suggestions will be most welcome, thanks!


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  • jcwag Nov 21, 2008

    Thanks, Nixcroft, for your response.

    XP Firewall is turned off, as is commercial firewall on both machines.

    Had not tried enabling guest account. Are you thinking that if he logs in as guest on XP he'll be able to access it from the admin account on NT4?

  • jcwag Nov 21, 2008

    I don't think you misunderstand, it's much more likely that I'm not framing my comments well.

    Before a problem occurred on the NT4 machine that prompted the user to restore a Ghost image made prior to the network configuration, he was able to read from/write to the files on XP. Since the image restore, he sees only "permission denied" when trying to resume files activities initiated from NT4. He can still read/write files when using XP to access NT4.

    No deliberate changes have been made to XP, which has always had only an admin account.

    We've tried enabling and disabling simple file and printer sharing, with specific permissions set on folders. I think we left it enabled.

    We explored network properties and I believe netbios/TCP was there, not sure about NETBEUI.

    I'll ask him to check XP network properties again and report back, plus add a guest account.

    Neither of us is truly network capable ; the only reason I'm in this mix is because I'm more familiar with the XP operating system than he, who ordinarily does his computing tasks in DOS.

    With different time zones and work schedules, it will be a bit before I can report results.

    I appreciate your trying to help!

  • jcwag Nov 21, 2008

    Correction: I said "permission denied", meant to say "access denied".

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If you arent too worried about security since it is at home, enable the guest account on the windows XP machine, also disable the firewall on the XP machine ( it is on by default )

let me know

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  • Uwe Klopfer
    Uwe Klopfer Nov 21, 2008

    maybe i understood you wrong..

    i understood it that he cannot access the XP machine from the NT machine.

    If enabling the Guest account on the XP machine it basically makes the XP machine "open".

    Just make sure the Guest account has no password enabled... and no, dont log on as guest...

    and are you trying to share files between the two machines ?

  • Uwe Klopfer
    Uwe Klopfer Nov 21, 2008

    and just out of curiousity... in the Network properties of the XP machine... is file and printer sharing enabled ?

  • Uwe Klopfer
    Uwe Klopfer Nov 21, 2008

    and ONE more thing... make sure netbios over TCP is enables on the XP machine... or try adding NETBUEI... if you want more info let me know....



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