Vista, despite not coming out and saying it, requires you to install LLTD on all networked computers running Windows XP (SP2 is required) in order to properly see and access their files. Restart your computer afterward and it should appear on the radar screen.
Hope this helps,
I have 3 machines on our wired homenetwork. Two are running XP home and the laptop is running Vista home. The laptop, will not join the Network and you cannot view files on the other computers from the laptop - - BUT you can connect to the internet from the laptop through our Netgear router abd shared internet connection.
The Laptop shows up as a computer present on the network connections page when you go to look at what computers are connected to the network. I recently found something in Vista help which suggested that the Vista machine would have to have the right to be the leader , as it were, in setting up the netowrk and you have to alter all of the network workgroup names, starting on the Vista machine but this was way to techy and sketchy for me to follow. I understand how to change names and set up the network --- just cannot make the Vista one work on the network. Will someone please help get this laptop onto my network.