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Windows networking issue

I have 4 computers on a home network "HOME". 3 of them can see and share files with other computers. On one of them I cannot see the other computers, even though it is connected to the same home network.

Characteristics of the computer that does not work
A laptop running windows XP SP3
Connecting via a Belkin wireless router

I have tried the following troubleshooting but nothing seems to work:

Please make sure that Windows firewall is off, or that the "Don't allow exceptions" box is unchecked. To check these features follow these steps:
1. Click the start menu then open the control panel.
2. Click on the security center.
3. Scroll down on the security center until you find the "Windows Firewall" icon and click it.
4. Here you will see the on and off buttons and the Don't allow exceptions box. Make sure that box is unchecked, or the firewall is turned off.

Internet connection sharing must be disabled
1. Open the start menu, go to the control panel, and double click on your Network Connections (Single click network and internet connections first if you have a blue background on the control panel window).
2. If there are any network bridges here, make sure that those are deleted.
3. Find your Network adapter in use (if connecting wirelessly, you will be looking for a wireless adapter, if connecting via a wire, look for the local area connection that's enabled).
4. Right click on the adapter and select properties.
5. Click on the advanced tab.
6. Deselect an check mark made in the Internet connection sharing section.

Client for Microsoft Networks may not be installed
1. Right click on "My Network Places" and choose "Properties"
2. Right click on the network adapter, and choose "Properties"
3. Click the "Install" button
4. Choose "Client" in the list and click "Add"
5. Choose "Client for Microsoft Networks" and click "Add"
6. Click "OK"

File and printer sharing not installed.
1. Right click on "My Network Places" and choose "Properties"
2. Right click on the network adapter, and choose "Properties"
3. Click the "Install" button
4. Choose "Service" in the list and click "Add"
5. Choose "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" and click "Add"
6. Click "OK"

Also, this error is if one of your computers has a name that is more than 15 characters.
1. To verify what your computer name is set to, right click on "My Computer" and choose "Properties". On the "Computer Name" tab, check what the "Full computer name" is.
2. Check the name on each of your computers. If any of them have more than 15 characters in their name, rename it to have 15 characters or less. This will require a reboot.

And you need to be part of a Workgroup (not a Domain). To check to make sure each of my computers is set to be a member of a Windows Workgroup rather than a Windows Domain, do the following:
1. Click the Windows "Start" button
2. Right-click on "My Computer"
3. Choose "Properties"
4. Click the "Computer Name" tab
5. Click the "Change..." button
6. Under "Member of" make sure "Workgroup" is selected (not "Domain".)

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  • fixya769 Jan 26, 2009

    Of course I checked the network settings first... problem remains unsolved.


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Make sure the network profile is a home profile and not work and that shareing is enabled for all check boxes under the home profile tab and that streaming is turned on. You may need to check to see that you dont have a service turned off in services that should be on.

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Does the laptop have an ethernet port built in? I would try to "hard wire" it and see if you can get it to work, then you know it is the wireless adapter that may be the cause. If you need further assistance let me know, also please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly.
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That often happens because of a IP address conflinct, caused by MAC address on card.

You fix the problem by using a different wireless adapter.

Try testing the laptop that does not work with an external wireless adapter, if it works that was the problem.

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All computers must have same workgroup name and diffrent descriptions and names. try to use set up home and small office network in every computer. its located under control panel network connections if u put there all the same workgroup names and diffrent descriptions and comupter names

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