+ 0 Votes Is the Vista Machine Public or Private? Jerry M. Gartner Updated - 7 years ago In the Network and Sharing Center of Vista, you need to set the network type as "Home" or "Work" by clicking the "Customize" link located to the right of your network. These are considered private and will enable network discovery, file and print sharing, and will still keep the firewall on. (assuming you turn it back on). Have a look at http://www.gartnerwebdev.com/2007/05/29/windows-vista-sure-looks-nice-but-wait/ for more information about issues with Vista. + 0 Votes I have a similar issue foreverpurple 6 years ago Brand new Vista Home Basic laptop. I use Network Magic software. I finally have been able to get Vista HB to SEE the other two XP systems shared folders but I can't open them. I have turned off the firewall as well.