i am having problems connecting my two computers. i am trying to do them with a wireless router. i have a laptop running xp professional SP2 and a desktop running xp home SP2. From the desktop machine when i click on view workgroup computers, i can see the laptop but i can,t access it or the shared folder i set up. From the laptop, the only thing that comes up on workgroup computers is the laptop itself.please can anyone help as i am tearing whats left of my hair out.cheers
I have a few questions..Do both computers get internet access?Did you use the network setup wizard to network your computers? See this article...http://www.tips4pc.com/Articles/Networking%20tips/how_to_share_files_with_other_co.htmIt is telling you to disable simple file sharing in Windows XP..I know this sounds stupid but it works for me..(win XP) Did you do this?
Another thing you could possibly look at is the firewalls on the two computers, ensuring the firewalls are allowing access.If you need instructions on how to do this we would need to know which firewall you are using, ie the inbuilt Windows firewall or another firewall like Norton, Trend Micro, etcI am assuming since you knew enough to set up a shared folder that you have set the folder permissions correctly on both computers, but it might be a good idea to have a quick look and see that it was done correctly. Go to the folders you want to share, right click and select properties, and go to the sharing tab on that page, the options after that are self explanatory. You will need to do this for each folder you want to share. If you prefer you can share the whole drive by right clicking on it in my computer. In that case though, you will find a 'sharing and security'option on the right click menu. Again, once you get there the options are very obvious. You will get a warning re the dangers of sharing the root.. if your computers are only ever connected to each other and you dont take the laptop to work and hook it into a different network, and of course provided all users of both computers are trusted, then this is not an issue.
Mitz from Tips4pc
If the firewalls and folder permissions are ok, Mitz is on the money with disabling simple file sharing I would think.
I am not understanding it properly….firewall is related to connection?
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