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File Sharing

I want to share files on 2 PCs: a desktop and a laptop.
I have got a router.
Both PCs are connected to the internet.
Both PCs have the same workgroup name: mshome.
The desktop name is Desktop-PC.
The laptop name is Laptop-PC.
Both PCs have shared folders called: Shared Documents.
The service Server is enabled on both PCs.
When I right click "My Computer">Map Network Drive, I do not see any workgroup and no shared workgroup folder.
How and where do I find the laptop Laptop-PC in the desktop Desktop-PC folders tree in the Explorer?
I tried to search computer Laptop-PC, but found nothing.
What do I miss?
Thank you,

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Which OS, Home or Pro?

In reply to: File Sharing

Have you created the share? Without having a shared drive, folder or other device, there's nothing to show when browsing the network. What you might try first is to see if you can "ping" one PC from the other. You only need to know it's IP address which you can find from Start/Run and typing "command" (without quotes) in the box. It will bring up a command window where you type "ping <IP address of other PC>" (again, no quotes). An example might be


You should get 4 return lines. If you get a reply showing packets sent/received with none lost, you are connected. If you get a timeout or destination unreachable message, you're not connected. Let's see where you stand in that department first.

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Both PCs are connected, but not seen on the Explorer

In reply to: Which OS, Home or Pro?

Hello Steven,
Thank you.
My OS is Windows XP Home.
Desktop-PC IP Address is:
Laptop-PC IP Address is:
Run > ping on Desktop-PC OK
Run > ping on Laptop-PC OK
Both PCs are connected and recognize each other.
No packets lost.
On Desktop-PC: Workstation Service Started
On Laptop-PC: Server Service Started
My firewall is ZoneAlarm. Both IPs are in the trusted zone.
I still can not see the other PC in the folder "My Network Places".
Are there any services that must be started for file sharing?
Thank you again,

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Can you make sure that file and print sharing are enabled

In reply to: Both PCs are connected, but not seen on the Explorer

and that the Windows firewall has the local area network listed as an exception? As a test, you can always temporarily disable a firewall to see if it's what's blocking you. I'm also a wondering why those IP addresses were chosen. Did you set these statically or are they coming from your router? Not that it should matter but you might want to change to the standard MS convention of 192.168.X.X and see if that helps.

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Firewall is not reason

In reply to: Can you make sure that file and print sharing are enabled

I shut the firewall on both PCs but it did not help.
My router identification is I assume those IP addresses were chosen by the router.
The router is ASUS. Wireless is disabled (Safety reason).
How can I change to the standard MS convention of 192.168.X.X to see if that helps? I do not know how it is done.
What should be the exact IP (without X.X)?

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Not that it would make much difference but

In reply to: Firewall is not reason

you'd do this by going to your router's web interface and changing it's IP address to something like After that, you'd select the range of IP addresses your router could hand out. I like to reserve some for static use and usually let the router handle the rest. An example might be that you'd then let the router handle addresses from and up. You'd need to restart the router and shut down your browser. Your PC is going to loose it's connection but should get it back when a new IP address is assigned. In some cases it's easier to just shut down and restart whatever is on the network. Where I've seen the MS convention used is in the original ICS feature with Win 98. The PC sharing the connection needed to be at address There are different classes of address ranges and some are reserved. I don't know much about that.

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What I do . . .

In reply to: File Sharing

is use Explorer. Click the + sign next to My Network Places and expand it. You'll find the computer there.

Unless you are running a firewall. If so you'll need to allow access through the firewall.

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Computer NOT found in My Network Places

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Hello Coryphaeus,
Thank you.
My firewall is ZoneAlarm. Both IPs are in the trusted zone.
I still can not see the other PC in the folder "My Network Places".
Thank you again,

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Read your posts twice.

In reply to: File Sharing

And missed the OS in use. So for Vista to XP networking you install the LLTD. (see google or this forum's sticky.)

You didn't tell much about the router. It can have a firewall or "AP ISOLATION."

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Read it all again.

In reply to: Read your posts twice.

Details are still sketchy. Firewalls even when disabled (Zonealarm, others) still work so I've taken to uninstalling them when I hit that issue.

The Asus router is noted but I can't find the model number. What you need to understand is that the details is where the problem is. Be sure to have a nice post with all of them.

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