Hi guys, I am not sure where to put this but I thought general networking would be ok.
Basically, I am good with computers but this one is beyond me. Trying to network between a Windows 7 computer and a Windows XP computer is possibly the hardest thing I have ever done! I have googled for hours and hours and none of the solutions seem to be working.
I will try to explain what I have already done. Although I have done loads and I am sure I am missing some things.
I have a Windows 7 laptop and for this exercise I shall call it WIN7. I have a Windows XP computer and for this exercise I shall call it WINXP.
Both computers are in the same network which I have called SAMNETWORK. I have enabled permission to Everyone in folder sharing settings on WIN7. I have turned on Sharing and I have made myself discoverable with no password set on Network and Sharing Advanced Settings. Both user accounts on the XP and 7 machines are the same and both passwords are the same. I have turned all firewalls off. The WINXP computer has sharing enabled.
I have done a lot more things including installing LLTP (sp.?) and changing registry entries like Lsa/anonymous something like that (can't remember the actual directory) but I have changed registry entries as I have read elsewhere on the web and I have changed the network from home to work but that did nothing etc. etc. But everything that everyone suggests is just not working and I have been looking for about 4 hours now so you can imagine I have tried everything I have found!
Anyway, my 7 laptop can see WINXP but when I click on it, it states that Windows cannot access \\WINXP. The WINXP computer can see shared folders from WIN7 but it also states that it is not accessible. However, I did once get the WINXP computer to access the WIN7 shared folders. However, that doesn't even work now and that was really of no help as I need the WIN7 to access the WINXP files.
When I ping my XP computer (192.168.0.8) it returns the following:
Pinging 192.168.0.8 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.0.8: bytes=32 time=119ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.0.8: bytes=32 time=38ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.0.8: bytes=32 time=268ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.0.8: bytes=32 time=183ms TTL=64
Ping statistics for 192.168.0.8:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 38ms, Maximum = 268ms, Average = 152ms
Ok so I took off simple file sharing in Windows XP and made sure Everyone had full control over shared files and restarted it and I can now access Windows 7 shared drives from the XP computer (like I could before) but now I can't even SEE \\WINXP from the Windows 7 laptop...
This is getting annoying!
EDIT: I can ping by IP and I can acces \\WINXP by going through \\192.168.0.xx but I cannot access it by name. Is this a DNS problem? In my router settings, it states that my DNS settings are obtained via my ISP. How do I fix this so that \\WINXP appears and I can connect to it via the computer name as connecting through IP is annoying!