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Win XP cannot connect to the network

By Denny123 ·
A client added a new Windows XP Professional SP1 machine to her workgroup (with existing Windows 98SE and Windows Me).

Somehow the XP has trouble accessing other computers. It can ping, tracert or pathping the other two in DOS prompt. But once it tries to access the other two computers and the printers attached to them using Windows Explorer or My Network Places, the other two computers become inaccessable.

All 3 computers were installed with TCP/IP protocals. I manually configure a fix IP address for each one (192.168.1.xxx) in order to eliminate the possiblity of different subnet. Hub and cable are tested OK.

Can someone please help.

Thanks.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Win XP cannot connect to ...

i suggest you use the networking wizard the xp has. it will make you a disk to use on the other computers. sounds like you are missing user accounts and permissions. each box needs to have all the user accounts spelled the same and with the same password (not the same password for all the users. the same password for each user on each box.)
oh to heck with it, i am going home to study how these hackers got in here

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by R. Diel In reply to Win XP cannot connect to ...

From personal experience, I have found that networking computers in a small workgroup benefits from using the NETBEUI protocol. You can install it from the Network Properties dialog in Win98 and WinME (if it's not already installed), but you have to take a few extra steps to install it in WinXP. MS thoughtfully included NETBEUI in a folder on the install CD under \ValueAdd\MSFT\NET\NETBEUI. There is a text file describing where to copy the two other files in the directory. Once you copy those files, then you can go to the Network Properties dialog to install NETBEUI. This should allow the XP box to access shares on the other machines.

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by LMon In reply to Win XP cannot connect to ...

Make sure the xp box has the identical user names and password as the other machines and also enable the guest account. You must also check to see if the xp machine has a firewall blocking the access. Disable the firewall temp. and then check to see if your problem stops if it does then it is a firewal issue and you must configure.

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also make sure they are on the same workgroup and all computers have unique computer names.

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by tosh74 In reply to Win XP cannot connect to ...

Forget netbui, too noisy and slow. Try this one for size - edit your HOSTS file on each machine on your network. Note that the file does not have an extention and edit using notepad or wordpad. Enter the ip adress and machine name for each PC on your network. ie
127.0.0.1 localhost
192.168.1.1 PC1
192.168.1.2 PC2
192.168.1.3 PC3

you get the idea.

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