Can not connect to my main server computer

September 6, 2012 at 10:36:09
Specs: Windows 7
Can someone please help.

My computer at work crashed so I had to reinstall windows 7.

When it was working properly I was able to connect to our main server computer.
After the reinstall I am able to connect to the internet however I am unable to connect main server computer. Usually, before it crashed, the server would automatically show up in the networks folder. Now all I can see it my computer and not the server computer.

If someone knows how I can get my computer connecting to the main server would be greatly appreciated I have tried everything and nothing is working.

The main server computer it Windows XP and my computer is Windows 7. In case that can help some explain because I maybe missing a step.


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#1
September 6, 2012 at 10:48:13
First question:

Why are you reinstalling windows on a work computer? Shouldn't the IT people at your work be doing that...

Second question:

Is there a windows Active Directory based domain at your work?

Third question:

If the answer to the seccond question is "yes", did you join the computer to the domain after reinstalling it?

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.

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#2
September 6, 2012 at 10:55:30
Hi Curt,

Thanks for the quick reply,

1st question: No this is a family business I usually take care of the IT stuff and can work around fixing the computer issues.

2nd questions: No


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#3
September 6, 2012 at 11:00:11
make sure netbios over tcp/ip is enabled and you have network discovery turned on.

I also assume you joined the xp's workgroup.

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#4
September 6, 2012 at 12:06:59
1st question: No this is a family business I usually take care of the IT stuff and can work around fixing the computer issues.

Ahhh, you are the IT people..........LOL......I had a feeling that might be the case but had to ask because believe it or not, there are people out there who work for companies that have IT people but still feel qualified to do this type of thing themselves.

To add to what wanderer said (and forgive me, I'm not on a Windows 7 PC at the moment) when joining a workgroup with Windows 7, you might have to run a wizard to join it. If you open the network connections (Control Panel) I believe the default page it opens to has 2 or 3 wizards located on the bottom half, read them through, one pertains to joining a workgroup, you'll want to run it.

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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