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Can't view shared folders....

Sony Vaio RB52
April 28, 2006 at 10:23:11
Specs: Windows XP Media Center w, 2.8ghz / 1gb

I'm trying to set up a network between two computers, one with Windows XP Home and one with Windows XP Media Center Edition. I ran the network setup wizard on each computer and gave each the same workgroup name -- both computers have joined the workgroup. The problem is that when I view shared folders, I can only see the folder that the computer I am on is sharing. When I view the workgroup computers, I can see both, but I cannot access the second one (It says: "You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator to find out if you have access permissions."

I have tried many different things, including turning off firewalls, but nothing seems to make a differenece. Help! Does it have to do with the fact that I'm running two different versions of XP?


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#1
April 28, 2006 at 13:28:57

Do you have File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks set up? Make sure there is a checkmark in that box (found in Local Area Connection Properties). Also, make sure that the folders/files you cannot see are actually shared.

-- 1 Corinthians 15:3-4


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#2
April 28, 2006 at 18:32:47

Yes, it's set up, and as far as I can tell, the folders are actually shared. when i right click on them, I click "Sharing and security" and "share this folder on network" is checked.

Someone else told me that if I could type \\COMPUTERNAME\FolderName into my browser and see the other computer's shared files that the connection was fine and that it may be a firewall issue. I can see the files that way, but when I turn off my windows firewall (I don't have any other firewalls), it still doesn't fix it. My router does have a hardware firewall, but that doesn't seem like it should make a difference.


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