Re: Vista / XP workgroup networking

Thank you for the suggestions. I made sure that at least one user name and
password combo is in effect on at least two computers, and that didn't help.
Is that enough, or does everything have to be identical on every computer?
Also, Folder Options, View, Simple File Sharing is indeed off.

More advice would be welcome. Thanks.

"Malke" wrote:

Larry wrote:

My home network has several XP Pro SP3 computers that are networked with a
common workgroup. My Vista computer is a member of WORKGROUP but isn't
networking with WORKGROUP properly, although it connects properly over
WiFi to the internet.

First, in Explorer, there is a entry named Network (not My Network Places,
etc.) that shows only this computer and no entry for WORKGROUP or for the
other computers. Also, WORKGROUP is present but is empty (except for this
computer) in View Computers and Devices.

However, Full Map View shows the other computers and they can be opened
\\computername and seen on Net View IP. So, how do I make those computers
show up in explorer or View Computers or in some other accessible place?

Also, the Vista computer is not visible from the other computers. If
searched for with \\computername, a error message says "computername is
accessible. You might not have permission ..." Net View IP reports
Error 5. Access is denied."

All computers are using the WORKGROUP name. Same results with all
disabled. Files are being shared. Private Network, Network discovery On,
File sharing On Public Folder sharing On, Password protected sharing off,
Media Sharing On, WINS NetBios setting Default. The XP computers are
running Link-Layer and NW Link NetBios.

Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not need
to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
need to exist and match on all machines. If you wish a machine to boot
directly to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for
convenience, you can do this. The instructions at this link work for both
XP and Vista:

Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -


If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center, turn off Simple
File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab)

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