Vista Wireless PC cannont access XP desktop



I have read every article that Jack lists in his standard reply.

I have an XP desktop (SP2 Home). Connects to the LAN / Internet with
Speedstream 6520 modem / router via 10bT.

I have a Vista SP1 notebook wireless. Connects to Lan / Internet with
Speedstream 6520 modem / router via 801.11g. I want the Vista machine to ba
able to access folders and printer on the XP machine.

Both computers can ping each other.

Both the wired XP and wireless Vista can browse and get email.

Firewalls on both machines are OFF.

IPV6 is OFF on the Vista machine.

Both machnes are on workgroup MSHOME.

Both machines show up in each other's network places.

The wired XP machine can access the wireless Vista's shared folders (PUBLIC).

The Vista machine has network set to "private"

Both machines are using the same account name and password.

The Vista machine gets the error message "Cannot access \\xp machine. You
may not have permission etc."

Only thing I have seen in the online forums is that on XP Home "remote users
authenticate as Guest". Guest is OFF on that machine.

Is that it? I'm pulling my hair out. Mac?

Please reply.


Mick Murphy

Read down the bottom of my standard reply: run XP's wizard for file and
printer sharing!

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 (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

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 (passwords 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, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
Wizard to include Vista in your “New†Network, even if you had an XP Network
set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
work for XP machines!).

In “My Network Placesâ€: “Set up a Home or Small Office Networkâ€
OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
and Printer Sharing.


Hi Mick

Thanks for the reply.

Most of the information pertains to making Vista accessible and I don't have
any problem accessing the Vista machine from the XP machine.

There is very little information about what to do to an XP Home SP2 machine
except that I think I should run the File and Printer Sharing Wizard AGAIN.

You didn't comment about the GUEST account. Is that irrelevant?

Cheers, Joe

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