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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''?

Thanks for your thoughts

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