I have been running Windows 7 Home 64 for almost a year and have searched the Internet on and off all that time to find a way to get my Windows 7 machine to connect with the other two Windows XP Pro SP3 machines on the same network.
I have tried going the Homegroup route downloading special drivers so that Homegroup can be used on the XP machines. No success what so ever.
I have returned to the traditional networking setting all machines set to the same workgroup. I have limited success where;
- Under Network Map the WIN 7 machine CAN see that the other two XP machines are on the network.
- The WIN 7 machine CANNOT access any shared folders on the XP machines.
- The XP machines cannot see the WIN 7 machine when using Explorer and looking at the network.
- The XP machine CAN open the Public folder on the WIN 7 machine if I address it directly with "\\Aspire6930g\public" and I can copy file to and from the Public folder.
- The WIN 7 machine CANNOT see the printer attached to the XP machine even though it is shared.
- The XP machines CAN see each other, access the shared folders on both, and both XP machines CAN use the attached shared printer.
All testing of different setups was done with the firewalls disabled or shutdown so as not to be a possible hindrance.
All three systems are updated regularly. Running WIN 7 Home 64 on the laptop and XP Pro SP3 on the desktops.
I just want to be able to access the shared files on my XP machines. It would save many hours of copying files to Public and then to the destination folder or the use of sneakernet to copy files. This SHOULD be easy, not a major frustration.