XP can see win2k but Win2k can't see XP

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Bob H, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. Bob H

    Bob H Guest

    I have 2 computers connected by a wired router. One is WinXP
    proffessional andthe other is windows 2000.

    I have assigned IP addresses to each and can ping each machine with no
    problems. In My Network Places, winXP can see Win2k but not itself, and
    win2k cannot see winXP, only itself.
    I have a printer connected to the winXP machine, and the win2k machine
    can see that, as in it can send files for printing.

    What can I do or need to do to get each machine to see itself and each
    Bob H, Dec 26, 2007
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    Jeff Gaines Guest

    You need to specifically share the drives/folders that you want to share.
    In Explorer right click on the drive/folder and select sharing (or
    properties -> sharing) and set up the appropriate permissions. In some
    cases Windows will tell you that sharing is the spawn of the devil and
    will lead to the end of the world as you know it, make your own decisions
    Jeff Gaines, Dec 26, 2007
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  3. Bob H

    Bob H Guest

    Ok, I have done that, but there is no change.
    Anything else?
    Bob H, Dec 26, 2007
  4. Bob H

    /Tx2 Guest

    On 26 Dec 2007 12:50:28 GMT Jeff Gaines
    from the village of
    felt we might be interested in the following...

    To /see/ the machines, he needs to set up sharing?
    /Tx2, Dec 26, 2007
  5. Bob H

    /Tx2 Guest

    On Wed, 26 Dec 2007 13:22:21 +0000 Bob H
    from the village of
    felt we might be interested in the following...

    Not having done what you are doing for a long time, I seem to recall you
    need to set up the XP user on the Win2k machine as a user?

    Just add the same details to the Win2k machine (username/password) as
    are on the XP machine, and try that.

    Are you trying to share, or just see the machines?
    /Tx2, Dec 26, 2007
  6. Bob H

    Kitform Guest


    If your 2000 machine is formatted Fat32 and your XP machine is
    formatted NTFS then XP can 'see' the Fat323 drives but your win2000
    machine (Fat32) can't access NTFS drives.

    Kitform, Dec 26, 2007
  7. Bob H

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    ......is the wrong answer.
    Dr Zoidberg, Dec 26, 2007
  8. Bob H

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    I think so, otherwise there's nothing to 'see'.
    Your point about user names/passwords is valid, I forgot that.
    Jeff Gaines, Dec 26, 2007
  9. Bob H

    Kitform Guest


    My apologise if I have mislead people
    Kitform, Dec 26, 2007
  10. Bob H

    Bob H Guest

    Sharing of specified folders is already setup on both machines.
    The win2k machine can see itself but can't see the winXP machine
    The WinXP machine can see the win2k machine but cannot see itself!
    Bob H, Dec 26, 2007
  11. Bob H

    Bob H Guest

    Both machines' hard drives were formatted NTFS anyway so that doesn't apply.
    Bob H, Dec 26, 2007
  12. perhaps it's the firewall on the XP machine? On XP, go Start -> Run ->
    type firewall.cpl and see if it's switched on (it should be). From the
    exceptions tab (if "don't allow exceptions" is UNCHECKED) select file
    and printer sharing, click Edit, Click Change Scope, and make sure
    it's either "my network (Local subnet only), or click custom list, and
    put in the IP address of the win2k machine.

    That should sort it.
    Steve Williamson, Dec 26, 2007
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    Rob Morley Guest

    On a network drive a file is a file - the client doesn't know or care
    what file system the server is using (otherwise Windows machines
    wouldn't work with the Samba SMB server run on Linux with whatever file
    system that happens to be using).
    Rob Morley, Dec 26, 2007
  14. Bob H

    Rob Morley Guest

    It won't see itself if you haven't set it up as a file/print server.
    Rob Morley, Dec 26, 2007
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    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    Dr Zoidberg, Dec 26, 2007
  16. Bob H

    robert Guest

    As a first step turn off the XP firewall, then try and get the sharing
    to work...
    robert, Dec 26, 2007
  17. Bob H

    JG Guest

    from robert
    No-one has yet mentioned the posibility that the 'Workgroup' name may
    well be different on each PC.

    The default name under W2K is 'MSHome' but under XP is 'WORKGROUP'.
    Whilst it is possible to see PCs across different workgroups it is
    frought with problems and seldom works immediately - often taking hours
    or even days to register that there is another 'workgroup' available -
    and even when Windows knows there are two groups it still doesn't always
    allow cross sharing. The simple exedient of puting both machines on the
    same workgroup clears all these potential problems.

    JG, Dec 28, 2007
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