I used the web to find articles on setup and was done. However the comment "I am Administrator" concerns me.
You would still have to deal with all that is on the web about setting up a share, ACCOUNTS (which many seem to forget) and more.
Then we have the firewalls. We have them on PCs and routers today so it's a minefield of issues which you tackle one by one. You have to do that since I can't see all that is in your systems and routers.
Read http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7589_102-5412417.html?tag=posts;msg5412417 and consider the fallout. As a seasoned networker you can see why wired and wifi would give up different results.
Keep at it, keep reading those articles on Windows 8 to 7/Vista networking and catch up on the Account issues.
Trying for ages without success yet.
I networked for years my home XP machines.
I read many help files how to but, could not make it work.
Without doing anything to Vista laptop it can see all the Win8 drives & can read & transfer files there.
My w8 win-explorer list shows under Network the VISTA LAPTOP. When I click on it says cannot access, please see attached.
I believe I am Administrator as I carried out the info from this web site below. What else can I do?
Any help to get me networking from w8 will be appreciated?