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    Networking with XP and Vista

    I have been following the discussions in threads from this area to see if I can resolve an issue with my home network; so far without success. The issue is a one-way connection.

    My Desktop PC (o/s Windows XP Home SP3) is networked with my Laptop PC (o/s Windows Vista Premium SP1) and as far as I am aware both computers are fully up to date and have the latest drivers for the network hardware. The Laptop is presently linked by a two metres long Ethernet cable to a Netgear DG834G ADSL 4-port Ethernet and Wireless router. The router is connected to the Desktop PC by a one metre long Ethernet cable. A wireless connection that has the same issue is also available between the router and the Laptop. At present the wireless connection is disabled and the Windows firewalls are Off and Not Monitored.

    I can transfer files and print from the Laptop to the Desktop but when I try to access the Laptop from the Desktop I am denied access with this message:

    Laptop is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Access is denied. OK

    I have carried out the tests and checks detailed by StuartR in his article at post 589883. The results have all been satisfactory except that the command ipconfig with the parameter /all (ipconfig /all) on the Laptop the Node Type is Hybrid whereas on the Desktop the Node Type is Unknown. If there is any significance in this apparent discrepancy I do not know. The command NETSH DIAG GUI is successful on the Desktop but on the Laptop no interface is displayed. Pinging both computers from each other and to themselves is successful. So I believe the issue must come down to permissions.

    Is there any advice available that will guide me in resolving this issue particularly on how to configure Vista for networking permissions.

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    Re: Networking with XP and Vista

    Node type tells you how the node will translate names to addresses. Hybrid will try to use WINS first, and if that fails it will broadcast on the local network. Here is a more detailed explanation.

    This article tells you how to change the node type, but I doubt that this is the cause of your issue. I suspect there is something wrong with the share permissions, file permissions or the user account you are using on the laptop.

    Can you please confirm that you log in to the laptop and the PC with the same username and password, and that this user definitely has access permissions to both the Share and the shared folder.

    StuartR

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    Re: Networking with XP and Vista

    Joe - Thank you for your response. I will be checking the network later and will refer to the articles you have pointed me towards.

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    Re: Networking with XP and Vista

    Stuart - Thank you for your response

    >This article tells you how to change the node type, but I doubt that this is the cause of your issue. I suspect there is something wrong with the share permissions, file permissions or the user account you are using on the laptop.<

    The key referred to in the article you pointed me to does not exist in the Registry on my computer perhaps because the article applies inter alia with XP Professional and not my o/s XP Home.

    >Can you please confirm that you log in to the laptop and the PC with the same user name and password, and that this user definitely has access permissions to both the Share and the shared folder.<

    I do not have to log in to the computers - neither is password protected as I am the sole user and both computers have one user with an administrator account. The user on the desktop is `Malcolm' and on the laptop the user is `Malcolm-LT'.

    Please can you explain about what you mean by `has access permissions to both the Share and the shared folder.'? I have shared certain folders on both computers but what is `Share'?

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    Re: Networking with XP and Vista

    In your original post you said that
    > I have carried out the tests and checks detailed by StuartR in his article at <post:=589883>post 589883</post:>

    but now you say that
    > I do not have to log in to the computers - neither is password protected

    Please try the instruction in <post:=589883>post 589883</post:> that says
    Create a new (temporary) username on each PC, for example Testnet, with the same password, and log in to this account on each PC

    Also you should read this technet article which gives lots of advice for how to set up sharing on Windows Vista, it includes the statement that "Access to shared folders, including the public folder (if shared), requires a user name and password."

    StuartR

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    Re: Networking with XP and Vista

    Thank you Stuart for your further response,

    In view of your comparison and in hindsight perhaps I should have typed `I have carried out the tests and checks detailed by StuartR that I have deemed appropriate'. As I have no wish to introduce user names and passwords onto my computers I will let the matter rest and continue with the one-way access I `enjoy' now. {8;-))

    Thank you very much for your input - I appreciate it very much indeed.

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    Malcom Walker, I just added a new post about connecting a printer on a network that has XP and Vista. Maybe it will help.

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