Can't reveal (unhide) computer or its shares on home workgroup LAN

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I've added a new Presario/Sempron running XP Home SP 2 to my home LAN.
    Unlike every other computer I've added, this one is hidden to other computers
    on the LAN and even to itself when looking at the Network Neighborhood. I
    can access it by running //ComputerName but when I walk up the folders in
    the Explorer window that opens and properly shows the shared folder, when
    I get to the workgroup I can't see the folder up from which I just came.

    Sharing is set to allow others to modify files. Windows Firewall allows
    file sharing. There is no $ in any name, and to be sure I renamed the
    computer, and renamed the workgroup on all the computers on the LAN.
    I've run "net config server /hidden:no" and haven't seen anything funky
    in the registry.

    I have C:\ (root) shared, also a folder on C and also another drive that
    corresponds to a media reader slot, but none of them, nor the computer, show

    How can I unhide the computer?
    Guest, Apr 7, 2006
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    Jack Guest

    Jack, Apr 7, 2006
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thank you. Following the suggestions at I went to Safe Mode and allowed all access in the Security tab that
    appeared. Now the computer shows up in the Folders pane of the old computer
    in the workgroup under Network Neighborhood\Entire Network\X (where X is the
    name of the workgroup) but in the details pane of that same Windows explorer
    I see only the old computer and the other Win XP, but not the problematic

    Firewall was already shut off.

    I can still access the problematic computer by typing its UNC (\\Fish) in
    the Explorer address and I see it all, and now also by double-clicking its
    name on the left Folders pane, but when I go Up I'm in the Workgroup and I
    can't see it.
    Guest, Apr 9, 2006
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