Solved Win 7 and XP computers can't detect each other on network

September 3, 2012 at 10:21:18
Specs: Windows 7
How do I fix my network so that my Windows 7 and XP computers automatically detect each other on the network. Right now, they cannot browse each other by computer name, instead I have to type their IP addresses (for example: \\ in the windows explorer address bar, and then I can browse to their shared folders. And under "Network" (in Windows Explorer) each computer only displays itself, and not the other (unless I have already typed in the other's IP address, in which case it displays the other computer as the IP address). I already made sure they are both using the same workgroup name.

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September 3, 2012 at 15:01:09
In the windows 7 machines, go to Network and Sharing Center in Control Panel and run the Choose Homegroup and Sharing wizard.

That should be the one you need to run in order for Windows 7 to play nice with XP.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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September 6, 2012 at 16:36:31
Thanks for the suggestion, but running the wizard had no effect. That wizard, as far as I'm aware, is just for creating a homegroup, which is only for windows 7. My issue is between XP and Win 7.

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September 9, 2012 at 09:39:12
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