Re: Is Windows Vista Business compatible with Windows XP Pro?

How to Network XP and Vista.

Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

Permissions/Share info is there as well.

If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
the SAME.

In Vista Network and Sharing:

Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

File Sharing: ON

Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared

Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
passwords (passwords can be different) on ALL computers in your Network) If
you have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista computer.

Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
Wizard to include Vista in your “New” Network, even if you had an XP Network
set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
work for XP machines!).

In “My Network Places”: “Set up a Home or Small Office Network”
OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
and Printer Sharing.

Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia

"RJ Waring" wrote:

Thanks for responding. It didn't look like the posting was going through,
and then ofcourse, all 3 get posted. I really appreciate the info

"Malke" wrote:

RJ Waring wrote:

Will Windows Vista Business run on a Windows XP Pro network? I have
ordered a new laptop that has Windows Vista Business, but my client is
running their
network on Windows XP Pro. I need to use the laptop at the client site,
be on their network. Will I run into any problems b/c my laptop has
Windows Vista Business, and their network is running on Windows XP Pro?

I don't know why you needed to post this so many times, but there is no
problem in having a Windows Vista machine - any version - on a network with
Windows XP - any version.

Excellent, thorough, yet easy to understand article about File/Printer
Sharing in Vista. Includes details about sharing printers as well as files
and folders:

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