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It may be because of the workgroup setting. WINXP uses a default workgroup value of MSHOME. WIN7 uses a default of WORKGROUP. What happens then is that all computers can connect to the network and access the internet, but shared files and folders will not be seen due to the two different workgroups,
To change the workgroup in WIN 7:
Right click on COMPUTER, choose PROPERTIES.
In the SYSTEM window, choose ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS
in the SYSTEM PROPERTIES window choose the COMPUTER NAME tab.
Observe "Workgroup" name. To change, click the CHANGE button
Put the new workgroup name in the WORKGROUP block (WINXP default is MSHOME)
Close all windows
You will need to restart PC to set the new workgroup
Windows 7 includes a new way to share data between all computers in the house with the Residential Group. But only when computers running Windows 7 may join the Group residential and enjoy the new features of sharing, playing multimedia files remotely, etc.. If you have computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista networking with Windows 7, you can still share your files and printers in Windows 7 "old" by following the instructions in this case practice. Below are the steps to do the same. Check the workgroup:
To be a network, your computers with XP, Vista and Windows 7 should be part of the same workgroup. Click the Start button. Right-click Computer (My Computer in XP) and click Properties.
In the Settings area of the computer name, verify the name of the working group. The default name is WORKGROUP but you can customize it by clicking the Change Settings button.
Make sure it is the same on other machines on the network. Under XP, the information is in the Computer Name tab.
To enable sharing in Windows 7, you must change the settings of the Network and Sharing Center. Click Start, then Control Panel.
Click Network and Internet and then click Network and Sharing Center.
In the left column, click Change sharing settings advanced.
Verify that the options Enable network discovery, Enable file sharing and printer sharing and Enable so that anyone with network access can read and write are checked.
The problem is might be your computer is CONNECTED,but there are no network activity so you're receiving no packets If you can't connected to the internet,then that network probably doesn't has an internet access on it
I am running Windows 7 (the new vista) so I hope I can help. Go to the "Start" button and select "Control Panel". Click on "Network and Internet" and then "Network and Sharing Center". You shouls see something like: Computer =====Network ====== Internet. If there is an "X" on one of the connections, that may help you decide which option further down to try. You can keep me posted if this helps to this point.
1) When you go to Start > (My) Network Places > View Network connections on your new machine, is the wireless connection showing as enabled? When you click on the icon and click the 'view wireless networks' connection, do you see your network there....and are you showing as 'connected' ?
I'm asking as an XP user so please bear with me, I hope you can interpret this for a Vista system ..:)
2) When you go to Start > (Run) > and type in devmgmt.msc to pull up the device manager, are the network adaptors showing as OK - or are there any yellow exclamation marks to be seen? (you might need to expand the box with a '+' in to check this)
3) One more thing: check the workgroup name on your new computer and compare it with those on your other computers. Are they using the same workgroup name? To check this, go to Start > then right-click (My) Computer > select 'Properties' from the little dropdown menu > Computer Name tab. Can you 'see' the other computers in your network (Start > (My) Network Places > View Workgroup Computers)
You may have already tried these ideas, but at least it is a place to start :)
you need tocheck the sharing, on both pc's go to taskbar on right, right click the network icon, click network and sharing centre and ensure the sharing buttons are all on.
Make sure thay are also on the same workgroup, right click my computer icon>properties>advanced system settings>click computer name tab and check the workgroup name is the same eg both mshome or workgroup