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How to restore Microsoft Windows Network in XP Home?

By jim.poltrone ·
I want to network my laptop and desktop computers together so I can share files and printers. I have a crossover cable connecting the two. The desktop computer runs XP Home w/SP3; the laptop runs XP Pro w/SP3. I used the Network Setup Wizard on both systems to establish a workgroup connection, called MSHOME. I can ping each of the machines, regardless of which machine I'm on.

The problem is, when I go to the desktop, I can't see its own shared folders or printers, and "View Workgroup Computers" is empty. I traced this to a missing "Microsoft Windows Network" icon under "Entire Network". I've tried several things to restore this, including removing SP3, reinstalling Windows, and reinstalling SP3. But that didn't work.

I'm stumped. I'd rather not have to resort to thumb drives to move files across the machines.

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It's XP HOME....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to How to restore Microsoft ...

.... It's not designed for networking. That component isn't included in the HOME version.

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See if this will help

by Jacky Howe In reply to How to restore Microsoft ...

How to set up a small network with Windows XP Home Edition (PART 1)
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813936/en-us
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:0

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to See if this will help

When did they add that? Sp2? I haven't seen one, personally, but I was told that Home didn't support networking. :0

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Home doesn't support DOMAIN networking, although

by IC-IT In reply to :0 ;)

it can be kludged to work.
On easy way;

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-11184-0.html?forumID=47&threadID=179475&messageID=1828963

And you can access shared folders;

http://www.staffkit.com/resources/join_domain_windows_xp_home.htm

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Been there all along

by Jacky Howe In reply to :0 ;)

bwilmot is right though it is not supported on a Domain but you can still use it to access shares or surf the net. It also seems to work better if you put it into a Workgroup. Users seem to have more problems with Home as opposed to XP Pro because of it's limitations.


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Not really, but thanks

by jim.poltrone In reply to See if this will help

I've seen those pages before. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything in any of the 8 parts that would solve my problem. I can't even run \\orac (my desktop computer's name) at the command prompt; I get "The network path was not found.

I tried running X-Setup 6.6 which listed my machine name as my domain name. I cleared it out, restarted, and when I entered X-Setup again, the domain name was still there.

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Recheck

by Jacky Howe In reply to Not really, but thanks

the steps that you have taken by following this setup.
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http://www.5starsupport.com/tutorial/networking-crossover-cable.htm
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I can ping now! But still no workgroup machines

by jim.poltrone In reply to Recheck

As you suggested, I followed the instructions in the website you provided. (Question: Should I be using 192.198.0.x or 192.168.0.x?) Do I also need to specify a gateway address?

I also commented out the entries I had in C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. I remember having to make entries to that file on my work machine. But maybe I'm confusing domain with workgroup.

I'm currently able to ping my systems. But when I open up My Network Places on my desktop computer, I still don't see my shared folders. And when I click on View Network Computers, I see nothing.

I uninstalled and reinstalled File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks, which had no effect. I also followed the instructions in <a href="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318030/">Microsoft Knowledge Base article #318030</a>, which also had no effect. I unshared and reshared my folders and printers, which also had no effect.

Some history: I used to have a working network when I was running Windows 98. I had a hub between the desktop and a different laptop. I upgraded to XP Home in April 2007. (I didn't want to spend the extra $100 for the XP Pro upgrade.) I upgraded the laptop in May 2008. In June 2008, I tried installing a wireless router so I could network with the desktop from my laptop. (I use a dial-up connection to get to the Internet.) But the router setup didn't allow me to do this. Instead of going back to the hub, I went with a crossover cable.

Thanks for sticking with me.

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We're getting there

by Jacky Howe In reply to I can ping now! But stil ...

Be sure that both computers are logged in to Windows with an Account on each with the same Logon ID and a password.
Connect each end of the cat5 crossover cables in to the network cards of each computer.
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In order for both PC's to be able to communicate together, the Ethernet adapters will need to be configured with a static IP address and a common Subnet mask. As an example, assign one PC an IP address of 192.168.0.1 and assign the second PC an IP address of 192.168.0.2. Both machines should use the Subnet mask 255.255.255.0. Here's how to configure your Network Card: Go to Start, Control Panel, Network Connections and right click your Local Area Connection and select Properties. Scroll the list for the entry titled: Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Click the entry and select Properties. Under the General tab, tick the box titled: Use the following IP address. Enter the IP address and Subnet mask that you would like to use. While you are ther check that File and Print Sharing has a tick in the box.
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Repeat the steps above for the second computer system.
Be sure that both PC's have a common workgroup name of 15 characters or less. I prefer to use the name workgroup.
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Here's how: Go to Start, Control Panel and System. Select the Computer Name tab. Click the Change button. Change the Workgroup name. Repeat these instructions on the second computer ensuring that both computers are named exactly the same. IE WORKGROUP.
Reboot both computer systems.
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Next, open a command prompt on one of the computers by going to Start,Run and Type in cmd and press Enter or click OK.
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Type in ping 192.168.0.2 (if you are using the computer assigned with 192.168.0.01) press Enter.
Four TTL replies to your ping should be indicated. eg:TTL=128
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Note: If you receive a "timed out" message when attempting to ping your selected IP address. It is possible that the Internet Connection Firewall is interfering. Try right clicking on "My Network Places", then select Properties. Right click your Local Area Connection and select Properties once again. Click the Advanced tab. Click Settings, Exceptions and check to ensure that File and Printer Sharing, Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop have a Tick in the box.
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I found something interesting

by jim.poltrone In reply to We're getting there

>While you are ther check that File and Print Sharing has a tick in the box.

I'm not seeing this box. I have only two checkboxes at the bottom of this screen: Show icon in notification area... (which is checked), and Notify me when this connection has limited or no connectivity. (Is there a way I can send you a screenshot of this?)

File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft networks is installed on this connection. Shall I uninstall and reinstall this?

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