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Vista cannot discover XP hosts

I have a problem with Vista network descovery and XP mahines (workgroup networking). This follows installing a new motherboard and Vista performing an extensive, auto discovery phase that co-incided with a MS update. The machine went into overload as it performed driver updates and applied patches. It did not restart and I recovered the system from a recent Backup of the old machine, turned off auto updates and did the discovery again. Sweet.

I installed more apps and then realised my local MS work group was not working. It was good on the old machine but now Vista would not discover any XP machines (although it is in the same workgroup) and cannot share printer, files or network storage device. Vista 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 all 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 this 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 remove any remaining bits of the old NIC configuration, and rename the New connection back to standard''? Thanks for your thoughts

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This happens if Vista retains history of network devices that once existed on your machine, but do not exist anymore.
Follow the steps at the link below for solution to your problem:

http://techs4u.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/windows-vista-network-connection-cannot-be-renamed/

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