Laptop cannot connect to desktop PC via wireless

  San Alwigi 07:46 30 Dec 08

Hello - tried to search forums for solution to this, but no joy (although I'm sure the answer is out there somewhere!)

I have a new desktop running Vista and a laptop running XP. They both are connected to the internet fine (the laptop through the wireless network that is running off a router connected to the desktop.

The Vista desktop can see the laptop in "Network" and can happily access the shared folders on the laptop no problem.

But whilst the desktop can be seen by the XP laptop in "View Workgroup Computers", the laptop cannot connect to or access the desktop. A double click on the desktop icon visible in "View Workgroup Computers" launches a Username and Password request (as far as I am aware, neither machine has one of these!). Also if I try to "Add A Network Place" on the XP laptop, whilst the desktop is visible in the "Browse For Folder" option, I cannot select it to add.

The same thing happens when firewalls on both machines are disabled. I have uninstalled other potential blocking software (MacAfee). It seems to be an access problem, but I cxan't work out why.

Been up since 5am this morning trying to fix this and it's driving me mad - please help!
Many thanks...

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  ambra4 09:16 30 Dec 08
  dawood 15:30 30 Dec 08

I think you have enabled password protected file sharing on Vista click here , check to see any configuration error.

If you don't like username and password protection for file sharing, you can change it to simple file sharing click here and test again.

  San Alwigi 17:06 31 Dec 08

dawood - followed the advice given on the link you posted and hey presto, it's all working perfectly.

Thanks too Ambra4, but didn't get around to using your advice.

Happy New Year to everyone.

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San Alwigi

  ambra4 01:44 01 Jan 09

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