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    I have 3 laptops- Win7, Vista Home Premium & XP; all 'up to date'. With Win7 I thought networking was supposed to be easy, especially between W7 & Vista. This is all wireless. Actually, online, it shows the 2 laptops linked, yet neither computer sees the other. So. What am I missing / doing wrong. Thanks for any help.
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    Check the firewalls and the Workgroup names need to be the same?
    Also remember that the computer names need to be different and Vista and Windows 7 require that the user accounts have passwords. I made a admin account with a password on ALL machine that are the same. This includes the XP machine.

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

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    Question, Dave.

    Can you point me to somewhere that describes the need for Vista and Win 7 machines to have passwords on their accounts? I'm wondering if that is the reason that I can't access my new Win 7 machine's shared drives from my other WinXP and Win98 machines.

    Right now, all of my computers have a single account called "Admin" and no passwords.

    Many thanks!

    dwayne

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    The best test is to ping the other PCs. To do this you need to know the IP address of all PCs.
    1. Open a Command Prompt.
    2. Type ipconfig. This will show yo the IP address of the machine you are typing on.
    3. Go to another PC and open a Command Prompt.
    4. Type ping ip_address, where ip_address is the IP address from the other machine. e.g. ping 192.168.0.3
    If your network is working you will get a response from the other machine.

    Please let us know what you find?

    cheers, Paul

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