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XP Server, 2 XP Clients, 1 Vista Client, Networking Problems

by cold83 / February 27, 2007 2:49 AM PST

This may be a long post and I'll try to explain it as best I can, please bear with me.

I have an office network that consists of a Server Computer running Windows XP. At one time we had three client computers running Windows XP connected to the Server Computer and a Satellite internet connection using a Linksys 10/100 5 Port Network Hub (Model # NH1005) and a D-Link Ethernet Broadband Router (Model # DI-604). Everything worked pretty good.

We've replaced one of the client computers with a new Compaq with Windows Vista. It's able to access the internet fine; however I can't access the files on the server computer. The Network and Sharing Center only shows a connection from:

Vista Client Computer -----> Network ------> Internet.

It doesn't show any of the other computers on the network or the server computer. I've went through the quick fix issues on the Windows site. I tried disabling the firewall, made sure the Network Discovery was on, and made sure the Public Folder Sharing was on.

I pinged the Server Computer and one of the XP Client Computers from the Vista Client Computer and all the packets were sent 100%. But when I pinged the Vista Client Computer from the XP Server Computer the Request Timed Out. When I pinged the Vista Client Computer from one of the Windows XP Client Computers it timed out again.

So I'm at a loss for what I should do next. I only have a limited knowledge of networking as I didn't set up this network in the first place. So any tips, pointers, or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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vista network issues
by lavelljs / February 27, 2007 5:36 AM PST

Try this link:
It solved some of my problems. I can see the vista system from the xp system but cannot access files. Check out the "Hardware>Networking & Wireless" forum, the post "xp to vista network" for some more information. If you figure it out let me know. I am still struggling.

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Accessing files XP to Vista
by stan1213 / February 27, 2007 8:43 AM PST
In reply to: vista network issues

The only way I have been able to access Vista files from my XP units is to copy the vista files to the vista "Public Folder" Have been trying other methods for days with no success. No problem Vista to XP.Any suggestions welcome

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Possible Solution
by vistaprobs / March 2, 2007 9:31 AM PST

Don't have Vista, just researching possible problems. Found the following post from "Lancew70" Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:42 pm at another forum here:

He says he discovered:


Sorry to have wasted your time Jeff.

I think I'll change my forum name

Did this help anyone?


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There are dozens of things that can cause sharing issues
by Insight Driver / March 2, 2007 11:00 AM PST
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No, turning off password-protected sharing did not help hundreds of us who post on the Vista threads at Microsoft so I would guess there are thousands of people with issues. This seems to be so common that it makes it clear to me that Vista was pushed out the door too soon. I've done everything that was suggested and I still have issues with my XP computer not being able to see the Vista computer shared Public folder. I have it mapped, but in network neighborhood Vista doesn't show.

I'm happy for those folks who solved their issue with something relatively simple. For a lot of us there are unresolved issues with Vista to XP sharing after we exhausted all the known solutions.

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Found my problem (with vista sharing :-)
by hebol / March 20, 2007 6:04 AM PDT

In my small firewall protected network I couldn't access files from my new Vista machine.
Even though I tried to enable all.

Not until I read through the long M$ text I realized I had a 90-days firewall from Norton installed alongside with the Vista Firewall.
So when I enabled enough of the windows sharing protocols I managed to find and access folders and printers in my small SOHO-network.

Good Luck // Martin

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