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    My home network has the following computers
    1.Win7 64 bit
    2. Win7 32 bit
    3 Win xp sp3

    File sharing doesn't work between all computers.
    Computer 1 shares files with both 2 and 5
    Computer 2 shares files with 1 but not 3 ( error message says it can't connect to 3)
    Computer 3 can't connect to 2 or 1 or share files with them
    All computers are in the same workgroup and all set to home group.
    All connect sucessfully via a wireless router to the internet.
    Any suggestions please.
    ian

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    See if Troubleshooting File shares helps.

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    thanks Joe
    Have been through the suggestions on your link and that has solved some of the problrms. thanks.
    One problem remains One win7 computer can see the Xp computer the other can't
    Pinging the ip address of the xp computer ip address gives a normal response while pinging the xp computer name gives a response that it can't be found. Using \\"ip address" enables file sharing. So there is something wrong with the computer name
    any suggestion anyone

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    2 and 1 are Windows 7 machines and they can talk to each other. The problem does appear to be in the XP Service Pack 3 machine...Hmmm, maybe you can't use a Homegroup and a Workgroup together? Grasping at straws here but maybe...

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    Did it all work OK with the firewalls turned off?

    I think that you should probably not use a Homegroup in a network with OSes other than Windows 7.

    Joe
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    Thanks JoeP
    No luck with the firewalls turned off. I am using only workgroup on all computers.
    I have developed a workaround by using IP addresses rather than names to connect computers. All then communicate perfectly!
    This process is made much simpler by using Static IP addresses for the computers
    Ian

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