vista sharing problems...



In my lan I have 3 pc

|__ vista (with password sharing)
|__ vista (without password sharing)
|___ xp sp3

from the two vista I can't see the pc with xp, but pc anywhere works !
from vista with password sharing I can't access to vista without
password sharing (request username and password, I type the username but
the pc doesn't have any password and I get access denied)
from xp I can't see all vista...

Any idea ?


Thankyou, but the patch in xp tell me that service pack 3 is installed
and don't need that patch...
If I add a password in vista I must type the pass every time I turn on
windows, right ?


Jack \(MVP-Networking\).

Successful Sharing involves some general consideration in Network settings,
As well as specific adjustment of each computer according to what it is
allowed to be shared.
Vista File and Printer Sharing-
Windows XP File Sharing -;en-us;304040
Printer Sharing XP -
Windows Native Firewall setting for Sharing XP -
Windows XP patch for Sharing with Vista -
Jack (MVP-Networking).

Steve Winograd

Hi howdy,

The reson you cannot see any vista pcs from your xp computers are the
fac that windows xp doesnt have LLTD patch installed. You need to
download it and install it on your windows XP computer. you can
donwnload it from the following link
'Download details: Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder

It's not necessary to install the LLTD Responder on XP. XP and Vista
can see each other and share files without it: in XP's "My Network
Places", Vista's "Network", or by typing another computer's name in
the Start > Run box in this format:


The only reason to install the LLTD Responder on XP is to allow an XP
computer to appear in Vista's graphical "Network Map".
Best Wishes,
Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.

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Mick Murphy

Have a read re network settings, and XP's Network wizard!

Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

Permissions/Share info is there as well.

If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall .(LAN allowed)

1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
the SAME.

In Vista Network and Sharing:

Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

File Sharing: ON

Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared

Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames, and
passwords (they can be different) on ALL computers in your Network). If you
have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista Computer.

Also, If you haven’t done so already, run XP’s Network Setup Wizard (in
Start >All Programs >Accessories >Communications), and tell the Wizard to
enable File and Printer Sharing.
Or > Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Set up a Home or Small
Office Network.


I try to do anything but doesn't work.. :-( the only way to get the two
pc on network is the file transfer from pc anywhere...

Mick Murphy ha scritto:


howdy said:
I try to do anything but doesn't work.. :-( the only way to get the two
pc on network is the file transfer from pc anywhere...

If you really have tried everything that has been suggested - and it is
rather a lot of work so forgive me if I'm skeptical that you actually did
this - then you should get a computer professional on-site to set you up.
It will only take a few minutes.

Otherwise, make sure you create the matching user accounts *and* passwords
as detailed in Step C. below.

Problems sharing files between computers on a network are generally caused
by 1) a misconfigured firewall; or 2) inadvertently running two firewalls
such as the built-in Windows Firewall and a third-party firewall; and/or 3)
not having identical user accounts and passwords on all Workgroup machines;
4) trying to create shares where the operating system does not permit it.

A. Configure firewalls on all machines to allow the Local Area Network (LAN)
traffic as trusted. With Windows Firewall, this means allowing File/Printer
Sharing on the Exceptions tab. Normally running the Network Setup Wizard on
XP will take care of this for those machines.The only "gotcha" is that this
will turn on the XPSP2 Windows Firewall. If you aren't running a
third-party firewall or have an antivirus with "Internet Worm
Protection" (like Norton 2006/07) which acts as a firewall, then you're
fine. With third-party firewalls, I usually configure the LAN allowance
with an IP range. Ex. would be Obviously you
would substitute your correct subnet. Do not run more than one firewall.

B. For ease of organization, put all computers in the same Workgroup. This
is done from the System applet in Control Panel, Computer Name tab.

C. Create matching user accounts and passwords on all machines. You do not
need to be logged into the same account on all machines and the passwords
assigned to each user account can be different; the accounts/passwords just
need to exist and match on all machines. If you wish a machine to boot
directly to the Desktop (into one particular user's account) for
convenience, you can do this. The instructions at this link work for both
XP and Vista:

Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

D. If one or more of the computers is XP Pro or Media Center, turn off
Simple File Sharing (Folder Options>View tab).

If firewalls are properly configured, matching usernames/passwords exist,
and shares are created with correct permissions, you will be able to share
files and printers.



Hi Malke, thankyou very much.
I've solved the problem upgrading to vista the xp computer.

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