Can't make shared folder visible on local net

December 29, 2010 at 07:43:13
Specs: Windows XP pro
I have two computers. One is an older desktop (D) I brought from work. The other is a newer laptop (L). Both have XP Pro on them, and both have a wired connection to my Verizon FIOS router. The problem I am having is that if I create a shared folder on L then I can see it on D but not vice versa.

D has a name that looks something like "". I have tried accessing its shared folder from L both as \\\folderName and as \\IPaddress\folderName where IPaddress is the address I got from the ipconfig command on D.

Since this was my old office desktop, I was logging into my corporate network when the computer was there. When I moved it home, I created a local user with admin rights and ave been using this local account to log in. Can this have something to do with my issue?

thanks much!

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December 29, 2010 at 09:05:25
Your laptop is part of a workgroup and most likely your desktop was and is part of a domain. That is probably why you are seeing the problems.

You could use the page below to change your desktop to be in the same workgroup as your laptop.
Make sure you know all your passwords on the desktop as once you change from domain to workgroup you may find yourself needing to do a re-install.

Some threads to help you understand:

Finally it might be worth making a note off your current licence key as used on the desktop before you start making changes as it may come handy if you need to re-install. To do that use the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to save those keys.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder can be downloaded from here:

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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December 29, 2010 at 09:38:18
mosaddique, thanks for the detailed instructions. I have a couple of follow-up questions. I am looking at the first link and came across these two quotes:

"Before you change a computer's membership from a domain to a workgroup, be sure that you know the user name and the password for an account in the local Administrators group."

"This behavior occurs because the user name and password that you previously used are available for logon only to a domain. "

Q1: The current user that I am using to login has admin rights. However, I have no idea what the password for the username "Administrator" is. Is this still enough to make the changes?
Q2: Does the fact that I created the current user when the machine was still under the domain automatically mean that this user is "available for logon only to [the] domain"?
Q3: I might need to return the desktop to the office at some point. Will I be able to roll back my changes by simply changing back from the workgroup to the original domain?


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December 29, 2010 at 10:01:10
Q1. You need the password for the "Administartor"
Q2. I think that is a yes. Someone with more knowledge then me on domains might disagree. Wait and see what other responses you get.
Q3. You may be able to rollback the changes. However, if you are going to have to return it I would not do it. Too big a risk.

Some background info on this:

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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