Seeing other computers

  Quickbeam 11:53 17 Feb 09
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Having got my new computer setup to a wireless internet connection last week, how do I make it see other computers.

It's a Vista main computer, and an old Acer laptop on XP. Both are connected to the internet wirelessly and will work independently OK to the web connection.

I've been through all the relevant help files but can't make them see each other on the network...?

  ambra4 13:00 17 Feb 09

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”.

  Quickbeam 13:15 17 Feb 09

Thanks for that comprehensive reply. It'll be a day or two before I get the chance or time to go back to setting it up. I'll keep you imformed at the time, thanks.

  Quickbeam 13:40 17 Feb 09

In fact I've just sent for Acronis 2009 from Amazon, so I'll delay any more serious adjustments until I can do an easy and quick revert as I also have an Epson printer problem that requires all traces of Epson files to be removed. I daren't do that until I've got safe backups in place.

  Covergirl 12:51 18 Feb 09

Thanks - I just followed your guide and it's just about perfect. You should work for Microshaft!

However, I now find I can only see files in the Public folders - is this correct ?

I went into the sharing centre and selected users/myname and share then co-owner but still nothing.

Also, I tried Password Protected Sharing but I've not got any passwords set and therefore it won't let me connect. So I set that option to OFF.

By the way, it's VHP to VHP.

  Quickbeam 08:01 24 Feb 09

Yes that sorted now thanks.

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