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Networking I have three computers on a home network. #1 Desktop Win98se #2 Laptop Win XP pro #3 Desktop Win XP home I can access files on #1 or 2 from any computer. When I try to access the #3 computer from #1 or #1, it finds the computer, however it states I do not have access to that computer. How do I change this? Thanks, Mike

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  • Mike Reed Jul 20, 2009

    Yes, I have the files on the #3 computer set to share files.

    Where do I turn off the firewall for the network computers only? If I go to the Windows Firewall Advanced settings, it does list Wireless network connections #4 in the exceptions box.

  • Mike Reed Jul 20, 2009

    If I turn off the firewall completely, it works. However, I don't want to disable the firewall permanently!

    Tried to go to Crtl Panel > Network Connections > Rt click Network Connections - I don't get an option for File and Printer Sharing - did I miss a step here?

  • Mike Reed Jul 20, 2009

    Thanks for your troubleshooting, time and suggestions!



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Make sure you have something shared on the third computer, make sure under network connections in the control panel that the firewall is turned off on the network connection you use.

Verify these two things, if you have those two going on just fine and it still persists please let me know.



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  • Tim Grayson
    Tim Grayson Jul 20, 2009

    Try disabling the firewall completely, windows firewall is a nightmare sometimes when it comes to setting up a local network. Make sure you you go into control panel, network connections, and right click on the network connection and on the first tab check that file and printer sharing is enabled.


  • Tim Grayson
    Tim Grayson Jul 20, 2009

    File and printer sharing is enabled if its working. Its definitely windows horrible built in firewall that is causing the problem. If you truly feel you need a software firewall I suggest something like Comodo's free one:

    Or if you want to buy one get zonealarm from :

    But really windows firewall pretty much never blocks an actual hacking attempt and virtually always causes local network problems, I guarantee this is what it was.




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