The work group name has to be the same on both PC's. Enable file sharing on the PC's and disable the firewalls completly, not to activate on start up ( disconnect from the internet first to be safe ). You did not list your security software but most are setup the same - Open software,
click firewall - configure
should be a networking tab - click; here you have to set to allow the other computer access to PC #1 and then do the same on PC#2 by IP address. some will pick up the other PC's IP because of your attemp to set up a network, if not
Ctrl+R Type cmd Enter
Type ipconfig/all Enter - this show PC's IP address.
Restart and they should be networked. Enable firewalls again. Let me know if this helps. Next time give more info like apps names.
I have two computers running Windows XP Home on each one. I have the network cards installed with the drives. PC#1 has two network cards, one for the Internet the other is connected directly to PC#2. I disabled all firewalls on bought machines. I ran the wizard on PC#1 first and then PC#2. Bought machines show A network cable is unplugged. Bought have the network cable plugged in. Print\file sharing is enabled along with TCP\IP and Client for Microsoft networks. How can I get it to work?