Help,unusual network problem.

  stevebigun 19:57 15 Oct 07
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Anybody help please,i have had a succesful wireless network running,in as far that i can share the internet,but i can not share files or even find the pc from which i am connecting with.
Iam running vista on my laptop and xp on my pc,using a netgear router.Can anybody help please?

  STREETWORK 21:20 15 Oct 07

You will need to allow the files/folders to be shared. Do this by right clicking the folder and selecting properties. Then sharing and then allow sharing by selecting the option...

I find the easiest way to allow file sharing is to set up a folder on the C drive and call it 'Shared Files' and save any shared data to this.

The alternative is to create a virtual drive click here

  Devil Fish 00:40 16 Oct 07

1st off you cant see the other pc do you have any firewalls running

ie a security suite mcaffee norton etc or zone alarm comodo kerio

if so you will need to configure them for network access if you could post back and let us know some on should be able to help you

  crosstrainer 10:14 16 Oct 07

The default name for networks in XP is "MSHOME" (without the quotes) The default name for file and print sharing in Vista is "WORKGROUP" also without the quotes, but in capitals.

You can use either, but the have to be the same.

  stevebigun 02:42 20 Oct 07

I have now tried all of the above,does my router need to be re-configured?Many thanks to all who responded

  ambra4 08:27 20 Oct 07

XP To Vista Network

To enable access to a Vista PC from another computer, both should be in the same

“Workgroup” should be a name of your own and not the Windows default name.

To change the “Workgroup” name right-click Computer and select “Properties”

In the System window, click the “Change Settings” if you need to rename your workgroup.

Next, setup the Network Location Type select Private if you are setting up a home network or small office network located behind an Internet gateway such as a router

Vista will then automatically configure security and other settings based on the type of network selected.

To view the Network Location Type-Start-Right click Network and select Properties.

This opens the “Network & Sharing Center” where the type will be shown in brackets after the Network Name.

If the Network Location Type is set to “Private” Network discovery is automatically enabled in the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window.

You should manually enable File Sharing, Public Folder Sharing and, if appropriate, Printer Sharing and Password Protected Sharing.

File Sharing

In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to File sharing.

Within the File sharing settings, click Turn on file sharing, and then click Apply.

To enable Public Folder Sharing

In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Public folder sharing.

Within the Public folder sharing settings, click one of the following

If you want to share the Public Folder so that other computers on the network can access it to open files, but not create or change files, select “Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open files”.

If you want to allow users to create or change files, select “Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open, change, and create files”. Click Apply.

Printer Sharing

In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Printer sharing.

Within the Printer sharing settings, select “Turn on printer sharing” click Apply.

Password Protected Sharing:

In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Password Protected Sharing.

Click “Turn on password protected sharing” click Apply

File Sharing Settings

To share a folder in Vista, ensure that File Sharing is enabled as above then navigate to the Folder that you want to have available as “shared” over the network.

Right click and select “Share” the File Sharing properties sheet opens.

If you have Password Protected Sharing enabled, use the File Sharing properties sheet to select which users have access to the shared folder and their permission level.

To allow all users, select Everyone in the list of users.

To allow a user to change files or folders or create new files or folders, select Co-owner as the permission level.

If you do not have Password Protected Sharing enabled, use the File Sharing window to select the Guest or everyone account,

Which is the equivalent to “Simple File Sharing” in Windows XP.

Click “Share” and then “Done”.

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