1. My first guess is
Adding "File and Print Sharing" to your network connection should install the server service. If "File and Print Sharing" is installed already, uninstall it, reboot and install it again.
2. If #1 doesn't fix it, post in the XP forum for most eyeballs.
I am attempting to network 2 Win XP Pro computers via crossover cable. Computer A has a dial up internet connection, printer, scanner, etc. Computer B has none of the above. I installed the NIC cards and drivers on both computers, connected the crossover to the NIC cards, ran the Network Wizard on computer A, ran the Network Wizard on Computer B. Everything went well, no errors no blue screens. I am able to access all of Computer A's shared files and internet, and printer on Computer B. It works better than I could have imagined.
But there is a problem. I cannot see anything from Computer B on Computer A. I ran the Wizard several times to make sure that the computer name is correct, and the workgroup name is correct. I then realized that I didn't select anything on Computer B to share. When I select an item in Computer B and tic the "Share this folder on the network" in the properties box, I get the following error: " An error occured while trying to share (Name of folder) . The Server service is not started. The shared resource was not created at this time."
I went into Administrative Tools, Services, and tried to start the Server service, and I get the following error message: " Could not start the Server service on Local Computer. Error 2001: The Specified driver is invalid" In the Properties of Server Service, the service is enabled in Hardware Profile 1, Startup type is Automatic.
Both computers have SP1, computer A has some critical updates for IE that Computer B does not have. Oh, and one more thing, this is my first attempt at networking, so the following may be ok, I don't know. When I open My Network Places, and click on View Workgroup Computers, I can see Computer A on B, and Computer A on A also. No sign of B. I am running Zone Alarm, and ran the Network Wizard a number of times, both with ZA on, and off.
Any help would be very much appreciated.