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Network Map in Vista does not Display my Computer running XP

by Sweet64 / October 22, 2007 7:00 AM PDT

Here is the deal: My laptop has Vista Ultimate; My desktop has XP Pro. They are connected through my Linksys Router (Wired). My firewall is Windows and McAfee on both computers. I have already installed the LLTD Responder on XP Machine and verified it existence. Both Machines have same Network name. Vista Machine is set to Private. Network Discovery is on, File sharing is on, Media Sharing on, Public folder sharing is on. I am able to Ping both computers from each other. In McAfee under manage network, both computers talk and are set up fine. The same for Windows Firewall. Under "View Full Map" on Vista Machine it displays both computers, Router, and Internet Icons. When I click on the XP Computer Icon from Vista it opens up Windows Media Player. Why is that? On the XP computer, when I click on the Vista computer icon, everything is fine. In other words, how can I access my XP computer from my Vista computer and why when I click on the XP computer Icon from Vista, Media Player opens up. I know that I have media sharing on but I am trying to get to the files on the XP Computer. Please Respond if knowledgeable.


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A Couple of Thoughts...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 22, 2007 8:28 AM PDT

1. Did you create shared directories on BOTH computers using the EXACT SAME login name and password on both computers? If not, please do. (Don't User the default "administrator" login. Create something new and unique on all computers on the network.)

2. I assume you've already done this but make sure only one firewall is running.. Either Windows Firewall or McAfee, not both on one machine. If you're using the Windows Firewall, in addition to the items you've listed, open the Windows Firewall icon in Control Panel, click on "Change Setting", then click on "Advanced" and UNCHECK the "Local Area Connection" box.

3. We have seen a number of users solve this problem simply by disabling the McAfee Firewall, or uninstalling McAfee's software.. Try it.. If you fix the problem, you'll know the culprit.

Hope this helps.


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by Sweet64 / October 22, 2007 10:51 PM PDT

Thanks Grif, I do have shared identical directories. I have also uninstalled McAfee on both machines but the problem still exists.

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Not 'Shared Identical Directories'.. But...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 24, 2007 5:23 AM PDT
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...identical admin usernames and passwords on both computers. (DON'T use the default "Adminitrator" login. Create a new one.) After logging in with the same username with the same password, THEN recreate the shares. I normally start out by sharing the entire C drive on both machines, then share out a printer and maybe one small directory like "Temp". Once that's done, I return and stop sharing the full C: drive since it's not safe to do so.. The other shared items will remain.

Hope this helps.


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I have the anwser!
by HiGuys123 / July 26, 2009 10:59 AM PDT
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