Wireless sharing between XP Home Edition & Windows 2000 Prof Editi

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'll keep this question simple...

    My home [desktop Dell CPU] has the XP Home Edition OS. My work laptop
    currently uses the Windows 2000 Professional OS. I'm having trouble
    sucessfully sharing my home printer(hard-wired to home CPU) with my laptop.
    Several months ago, I disabled the firewall protection on my home CPU and
    still received an error message (along the lines of "the shared computer
    cannont be found) - although I did forget to disable firewall settings when I
    attempted the [failed] sharing function just last week.

    1st question I have is - does XP Home Edition OS support wireless
    networking/sharing [either in general or when crossed with a different OS
    like Windows 2000 Professional] - or do I need to have the XP Professional OS
    to successfully share [a printer]?

    If yes - is this strictly a firewall disablement issue or am I missing
    something else?

    Thanks in advance!
    Guest, Oct 30, 2006
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    Malke Guest

    File-sharing between Windows machines has nothing to do with whether one
    or more of those machines is connecting to the lan via a wireless
    router or ethernet.

    Since XP Home only authenticates as Guest, create identical user
    accounts and passwords on both machines. If the XP Home machine
    currently doesn't use a password, assign one from the User Accounts
    applet in Control Panel. You can always set the machine to log in
    automatically for your convenience.

    Configure Windows to Automatically Login (MVP Ramesh) -

    Do not disable firewalls! Instead, configure them to allow the lan
    traffic as trusted. If you are using the XPSP Windows Firewall, make
    sure you aren't running a third-party firewall or have an antivirus
    with "Internet Worm Protection" (like Norton 2005/06) which acts as a
    firewall. You only want one firewall running. If you have third-party
    firewall software, configure it to allow the Local Area Network traffic
    as trusted. I usually do this with my firewalls with an IP range. Ex.
    would be Obviously you would substitute your
    correct subnet.

    If that doesn't work for you, here is an excellent network
    troubleshooter by MVP Hans-Georg Michna. Take the time to go through it
    and it will usually pinpoint the problem area(s) -

    Malke, Oct 30, 2006
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