Oh font of all wisdom.
Can anyone advise me on networking a Widows XP machine to a new Windows 7
job? It was easy when I did it between two XP machines but this version 7
baffles me.They are both talking to the internet via our home network but I
am dammed if I can get them to talk to one another.
Is it no longer worth adding LLTD to XP machines? (See the comments on
that page and also eg
I found LLTD was the only way to keep our XP notebooks talking reliably
to the two networks they regularly use, but one of those is a network
with Vista 64 as well.
My Win7 laptop now talks happily to my WinXP more by luck than skill though.
I actually gave up trying at the weekend but when I used it today I thought
I would take another look at the network and there it all was!
Thanks for all the advice.
in general the ability to pick up a 'visible' network happens at boot
time, and then sporadically thereafter.
I have seen the same..machines couldn't 'see' a server, and yet when
rebooted they could.
windows is just crap, and its best to reboot it every time, because
chances are, that's the only time its ever in a defined state.
You may have set up two different workgroups with different names
since the default workgroup name is different between Win7 (WORKGROUP)
and XP (MSHOME).
Set them both to MSHOME or similar.
I can't remember how to do this, but it's easily Googled.
there is a microsoft article at
on changing Win7 workgroup names.
I have Vista and XP here and had the same problem. After changing the
WG name it may take a few minutes for the network to sort itself out
while the name servers update. Or you could shut down and reboot.
Could be a workgroup/windows problem.
Could be a firewall problem. Try turning off all firewalls for a few
I remember having a little fun networking our newish Windows 7 machine
with our XP machines but I cannot remember how I solved it.
IF you are using 64 bit on the W7 machine I would suggest that any Nokia
software you use you put on the XP machine.
Yes I didn't experience any issues introducing a Win7 machine to my home
(XP) network recently, andI'm no networking whizz, as readers of
previous posts will atest.
However, I originally changed the default network name from MSHOME or
whatever it was (it's now called 'Lobsternet', believe it or not) which
might go along with the problem being different default network names
for XP and 7, as someone else suggested...
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