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    I thought I was a reasonably savvy user until I tried to configure our computers to share files and a printer. I have done it easily in the past by following the XP instructions. Now I cannot. What has changed is a new laptop running Vista and a switch from McAfee to Kaspersky security. I need some help in reasonably un-jargonned language.

    I have three computers. All run Kaspersky security.
    1. The desktop is wired through the router. It runs XP. It is wired to the printer.
    2. Laptop A runs XP.
    3. Laptop B runs Vista.

    I generate the needed file on a stick using the Desktop. I insert it into the laptops and run the network setup routine. Nothing!
    I turn off Kaspersky and repeat the process. Nothing!
    I recite magical and scatalogical endearments over the machines. Nothing!

    I am sure the solution will have a large DUH! factor but I really need to set up a shared home network. Any suggestions?

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    Well as you've added a new box to the network have you made sure it's using the same WORKGROUP name as your XP boxes? Typically found by right-clicking on My Computer and on one of the tabs there. Not sure with Vista though.

    Don't forget to also create a user that is on each box that has the same password.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JES Mason View Post
    I thought I was a reasonably savvy user until I tried to configure our computers to share files and a printer. I have done it easily in the past by following the XP instructions. Now I cannot. What has changed is a new laptop running Vista and a switch from McAfee to Kaspersky security. I need some help in reasonably un-jargonned language.

    I have three computers. All run Kaspersky security.
    1. The desktop is wired through the router. It runs XP. It is wired to the printer.
    2. Laptop A runs XP.
    3. Laptop B runs Vista.

    I generate the needed file on a stick using the Desktop. I insert it into the laptops and run the network setup routine. Nothing!
    I turn off Kaspersky and repeat the process. Nothing!
    I recite magical and scatalogical endearments over the machines. Nothing!

    I am sure the solution will have a large DUH! factor but I really need to set up a shared home network. Any suggestions?
    See Troubleshooting file shares on a home network » Windows Secrets Lounge. Work your way through the questions. Also see Networking home computers running different versions of Windows.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by JES Mason View Post
    I thought I was a reasonably savvy user until I tried to configure our computers to share files and a printer. I have done it easily in the past by following the XP instructions. Now I cannot. What has changed is a new laptop running Vista and a switch from McAfee to Kaspersky security. I need some help in reasonably un-jargonned language.

    I have three computers. All run Kaspersky security.
    1. The desktop is wired through the router. It runs XP. It is wired to the printer.
    2. Laptop A runs XP.
    3. Laptop B runs Vista.

    I generate the needed file on a stick using the Desktop. I insert it into the laptops and run the network setup routine. Nothing!
    I turn off Kaspersky and repeat the process. Nothing!
    I recite magical and scatalogical endearments over the machines. Nothing!

    I am sure the solution will have a large DUH! factor but I really need to set up a shared home network. Any suggestions?

    Start with the basics
    Turn off the Kaspersky firewall and any other firewalls and then try it.

    Bob

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    What is this "I generate the needed file on a stick using the Desktop. I insert it into the laptops and run the network setup routine. Nothing! "?

    I have yet needed to transfer any file form one machine to another to get one on a network.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    I changed from Kaspersky to McAfee and all is right with the world now. McAfee has a very easy way to link up a home network. Worked like a charm. Getting to the shared printer is a bit cranky -- the host computer says it's on-line while the remote computers say it's not -- but that's minor.

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