If have a problem with Vista and XP workgroup networking.
This follows a series of issues that forced me to replace the mother board. Following the replacement Vista started an extensive, auto discovery phase but this co-incided with a MS update. The machine went into overload as it performed driver updates and applied patches. It did not restart.
I did have a recent Backup of the old machine and recovered from that, turned or auto updates and did the discovery again. Sweet.
Started installing more apps and stuff then realised my local MS work group network was not working. It was good on the old machine but now Vista would not discover the XP machines (although it is in the same workgroup) and cannot share printer, files or network storage device.
It can see other vista machines and Media servers with the Vista network discovery tool.
I can ping the XP hosts but Vista network discovery tool is blind to the XP machines and the XP machines do not list the vista machine.
I have checked the network and workgroup configuration a dozen times. Disabled the NIC, uninstalled, reinstalled the drivers. I have checked the XP machines for the vista network patches - they're good.
What I have noticed is that the one and only network connection on Vista is ''Local Area Connection 2''. When I tried to rename it to ''Local Area Connect'' I received an error message ''Cannot rename thais connection. Connection with this name already exists''. I think this is the problem and the old NIC configuration from the previous motherboard is still causing the MS netowk dicovery protocol to loose its way.
So, my question is ''how do I get into the registry to removed any remaining bits of the old NIC, and rename the New connection back to standard''?
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This is a common issue with XP and later versions of windows. Check that both computers are in the same workgroup. On XP right-click My Computer, select properties, go to the Computer Name tab and check the workgroup name. On Win7 right-click My Computer, select Properties, click Advanced System Settings, go to the Computer Name tab and check the workgroup name. If the workgroup name is the same on both machines but neither come up in My Network Places then try changing the workgroup name to something else on both machines and restarting them, this usually clears up that issue. If they still don't show up check that you have Network Location Awareness and File And Printer Sharing turned on on both machines. On Win7 this is checked under Network and Sharing Center, Change Advanced Sharing Options. Make sure that Turn On Network Discovery and Turn On File And Printer Sharing is marked for the current profile (Home or Work, normally). On XP go to Network Connections, right-click the connection for your LAN and select Properties, make sure that File And Printer Sharing For Microsoft Networks is checked. Then, go to Administrative Tools, Services and make sure that the Network Location Awareness service is running. Both machines may need to be restarted after this, but that should fix the issue. If not, please let me know.
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.
This is a usuall problem when connecting Vista and XP, specially when your vista is a 64-bit and your XP is 32-bit. What you need to do is to manually map the folders on the vista by opening windows explorer and then clicking on Map network drive, you need to put in the exact folder location. Next thing is you need to add user not only activationg the allow access, you need to add the user on the shared folder, you are only using workgroups, unlike domain networks, you just have to give them permission.
I had the same problem in Windows XP and I just created a workgroup to share files on the network. Follow these steps if anyone is still having this problem. My gf has vista and must do it automatically but it's just a matter of remembering to establish a workgroup.
To summarize: - Enable sharing on WMP 11 --> This should adjust windows firewall automatically but be sure to unblock ports for other firewalls, if need be. - Create a workgroup --> Start...Control Panel....Network setup wizard. Follow the steps, if you're connectnig through a router, select "this computer connects through a residentail gateway", apply this to any other computers that want to share files on this network, if necessary. Restart computer to let the workgroup settings take effect and voila...your computer will now be detected.
Are they both under the same network? Can the pc find the laptop under network connections and vice versa? If not, then right-click my computer, go to properties, go to the tab 'Computer Name' click on the button change, and make it part of a workgroup of your choice of name. Do this for both making them part of the SAME workgroup. Then, make your printer shared under that workgroup.