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    OK, I need some help in simple terms.

    I have a desktop and 2 laptops, all running XP. I have a network where my laptops can see shared files from my desktop. I have a printer connected to the desktop and each laptop can access the printer.



    I recently bought a new laptop with Windows 7. It found and joined my wireless connection and I was also able to add my printer (which is an old trusty LPT1 Epson!).



    But I can't seem to access my shared files at all. In fact, using Windows Explorer, it does not find my network files.



    In fact, when I view my basic network via control panel, it says:



    MEL-PC(this computer)----Mel---Internet



    When I look at View your active networks, it lists mel (home network). In fact, I JOINED it and have a password for other Windows 7 computers.



    I am not sure what to do next. All my computers have Zone Alarm. I thought it might be that. But I shutdown ZA in both computers and that made no difference.



    Any ideas/suggestions?



    Mel

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    How To Geek has a very complete explanation on how to network Win 7 PCs to Win XP PCs. Check it out!
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    Mel, have you checked to see that your Windows 7 computer and the XP machines are all using the same Workgroup name? This is important whenever you want to share files between XP machines and Windows 7 computers. The default workgroup names are different in XP and Windows 7, so one needs to be changed to match the other computer's workgroup name.

    Also check to be sure the following are turned on in Windows 7:
    Network Discovery
    File and printer sharing
    Public folder sharing

    Turn off password protected sharing.

    Check on the Windows 7 computer that the network is set to Home and not Public.
    Deadeye81

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    Thanks for your suggestions.

    All is working now, but I'm not sure what happened.
    I ended up doing a troubleshoot on my W7 machines.

    It first said all is working fine and then a pop-up said it found errors and fixed them.

    Next thing I know, all is well.

    Mel

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