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Networking Different XP OS

I have two PCs connected via adsl modem/router. One is running xp pro the other xp home. I cannot get them to see one another. Do they need to be running the same OS to operate as a LAN?
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Turrn off the XP firewall

It's one of the most common sources of problems novices have trying to network systems to XP.

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Turrn off the XP firewall

Is my PC not at risk if I turn off the firewall? I also have zone alarm, should I disable that as well?
Thank you for your assistance Happy

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Don't think you should...

I would be very reluctant to turn off ZoneAlarm. Maybe yewanchors will give you a better response... just my opinion.

Best of luck,


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If you have SP2

Your firewall settings allow "file and print sharing" and you can leave it on. My home "LAN" is a mix of XP Pro, Home and Win2K. All exist fine and share common printers. You need to make sure file and print sharing is turned on for all PCs, and you need to set up shares. Pro has some additional security features. If logon with a username/password is required on any local PC, a remote logon might be required unless the same users are all defined on all machines. There are some bumps and tricks but, to answer your question, they don't need to be the same OS and you can have the firewall turned on if the settings are done right.

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