I'm having problems Networking Windows7 and Windows XP in the meantime until I upgrade the Windows XP computer to Windows7, which is I have the network running perfectly under Windows 7 but it won't see the Windows XP box. I've done some searching and reading and went into the advanced options in Windows7 and nothing has since changed Windows7 can't see Windows XP.
Password-protected sharing is on by default for computers in workgroups. When password-protected sharing is turned on, people using other computers on your network can't access your shared folders or printers unless they have a user account on your computer. There are two ways to turn on file or printer sharing:
Create identical user accounts on all computers in the workgroup (recommended). For more information, see Create a user account.
Turn off password-protected sharing. To turn off password-protected sharing, follow these steps:
1. Open Advanced sharing settings by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, click Network and Sharing Center, and then, in the navigation pane, click Change advanced sharing settings.
2. Click the chevron Picture of the chevron icon to expand the current network profile.
3. Under Password protected sharing, click Turn off password protected sharing, and then click Save changes. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
That didn't work. Windows7 is unable to see the WindowsXP machine, I've played around with numerous settings and checked numerous options and I can't get it to work.
Just to double-check, do both machines have the same "Workgroup" name?
Is the Xp PC on when trying to see it from the Win 7 PC?
(In my set-up, my PC won't see any of the other 3 PC's unless they're on)
How do you have them set-up for internet connections?
I got the problem solved, both computers have to have the same IP address, as I was informed by Microsoft Tech support. Also you must be on Home Network not Public Network which is for if your using most likely a laptop, then both XP and Windows7 will see each other, also the same is true if your networking multiple Windows7 computers. The main difference is when you are sharing a folder in XP you can just tell it to share it in Windows7 you have to set permissions for that folder to either read/write or all of the above that is the key behind Windows 7 / Windows Vista was the security which is more robust then in XP.