Network Win 7 with Vista

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Rutetuti, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. Rutetuti

    Rutetuti Guest


    I can't get two pc's, one running Win 7 and one running Vista, to see each
    other across a wireless network to share files and printers. I suspect it
    may be either a firewall or a networking issue.
    The main PC is running Vista Business with windows firewall and MS Security
    Essentials and the other is a laptop running Win 7 Home Premium again with
    Windows firewall and MS Security Essentials. They have unique names, fixed
    IP addresses ( and and have the same workgroup
    name. They can both access the Internet through the wireless router and can
    ping the router ( but cannot ping each other. I have tried
    changing the workgroup name with no success.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Rutetuti, Mar 21, 2010
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  2. Hi
    When configured on peer-to-peer Network.Win 7 has three types of Sharing
    Home Network = Works only between Win 7 computers. This type of
    configuration makes it very easy to Entry Level Users to start Network
    Work Network = Basically similar to the previous methods of sharing that let
    you control what, how, and to whom folders would be shared with.
    Public Sharing = Public Network (like Internet cafe) to reduce security
    The Work Network is the one that most of us are going (and need) to use.
    Win 7 Work Network's Sharing settings are in principle similar to Vista's
    configuration (some menu in locations in Win 7 might be in different place,
    and look a little different, but it should not be a problem for a compute to
    So, maybe this can Help.
    Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
    traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
    be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
    on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
    Firewall instructions.
    General example,
    Win -7
    Win7 Work Network with a little visual help),
    Vista File and Printer Sharing-
    When finished with the setting of the system it is advisable to Reboot all
    the hardware including Router and all computers involved.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)
    Jack [MVP-Networking], Mar 22, 2010
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  3. Rutetuti

    Rutetuti Guest

    Hi Thanks for the feedback.

    As soon as I set the win 7 machine to leave the Homegroup then everything
    Rutetuti, Mar 23, 2010
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