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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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Check these settings

by Jacky Howe In reply to I found something interes ...

On the Generals tab above where you are looking at those two boxes you should see a small title. This connection uses the following items: Below that you should see Client for Microsoft Networks with a box to the left of it. If Client for Microsoft Networks is not there you will have to add it by clicking Install, select client and click Add. Select it from the list and click OK. File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks should be below that and the box checked. If it is not there click the Install button.
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Now select Service from the list of component types and click OK.
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On the next screen select File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks and click OK.
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File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks should now be added to the list. click Ok to exit.
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Screen shots here:
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http://www.wellesley.edu/Computing/FileSharing/Windows/win2kxp.html
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Tried the Wellesley document. Still nothing.

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

I tried the settings as suggested in the "How To Set Up File Sharing in Windows 2000/XP Pro" document, and I still can't see my own computer or shared documents in My Network Places. I can see them when I look at Management Console, though.

There's probably a registry hack I need, or I need to register (or re-register) some of the DLLs.

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Go to each PC

by Jacky Howe In reply to Tried the Wellesley docum ...

click on Start, Run and type cmd and press Enter.
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Type ipconfig /all> c:\ip1.txt and press Enter.
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On the second PC Type ipconfig /all> c:\ip2.txt and press Enter.
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Post the contents of both files for us to have a look at. If you have followed the instructions that have been provided you should have a connection.
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ipconfig output

by jim.poltrone In reply to Go to each PC

===== From the desktop computer (while logged in to my ISP):


Windows IP Configuration


Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : orac

Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No


Ethernet adapter WORKGROUP:


Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-40-33-E0-81-2A

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::240:33ff:fee0:812a%4

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1

fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1

fec0:0:0:ffff:%1


PPP adapter Fuse.net:


Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-53-45-00-00-00

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 216.68.113.73

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 216.68.113.73

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 216.68.1.100

216.68.2.100


Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:


Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 80-00-FB-5A-27-BB-8E-B6

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::ffff:ffff:fffd%5

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled


Tunnel adapter 6to4 Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:


Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 6to4 Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : D8-44-71-49

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 2002:d844:7149::d844:7149

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 2002:c058:6301::c058:6301

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1

fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1

fec0:0:0:ffff:%1

NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled


Tunnel adapter Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:


Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : D8-44-71-49

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::5efe:216.68.113.73%2

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1

fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1

fec0:0:0:ffff:%1

NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled


Tunnel adapter Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:


Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : C0-A8-00-01

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::5efe:192.168.0.1%2

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1

fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1

fec0:0:0:ffff:%1

NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

===== From the laptop computer, docked:


Windows IP Configuration


Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : tardis

Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No


Ethernet adapter WORKGROUP:


Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 3Com 3C920 Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller (3C905C-TX Compatible)

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-08-74-42-1F-BC

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.3

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to ipconfig output

on tardis change the gateway to 192.168.0.1 and on both PC's try this.
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Click Start, Run and type <b>cmd</b> and press Enter.
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at the command prompt type <b>netsh winsock reset</b> and then press ENTER.
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Click Start, click Control Panel
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Click Network Connections.
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Right-click "Local Area Connection", and then click "Properties".
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Click on (highlight) "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)", and then click "Properties" button
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Click the General tab, and then click "Advanced" button , bottom right.
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Click the WINS tab.
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Under "NetBIOS setting" section, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times, then "close".
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(*) Enable NetBios
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( ) Disable NetBios
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Done. Still no shares or machines show up

by jim.poltrone In reply to Try this

I did this, and rebooted both systems. I'm still able to ping. But I'm still not seeing any network places or workgroup machines on orac, not even itself. Hmmm..... What's next?

Before bringing my question here, I tried "regsvr32 wkssvc.dll", and got "wkssvc.dll loaded, but the DLLRegisterServer entry point was not found. This file cannot be registered." Don't know if this an XP Pro only thing, though.

Thanks for sticking with me on this.

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Try

by Jacky Howe In reply to Done. Still no shares or ...

running sfc /scannow by typing it in the run box. Double check that the Client for Microsoft Networks service is installed.

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Something else to try

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

You could try and replace the dll from the XP CD. Unregister it first then expand the new file and reregister it.
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regsvr32 /u c:\windows\system32\wkssvc.dll
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Expand d:\i386\wkssvc.dl_ c:\windows\system32\wkssvc.dll
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regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\wkssvc.dll
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wkssvc.dll can't be registered

by jim.poltrone In reply to Something else to try

Ran sfc /scannow. It didn't ask to retry files this time, for which I'm thankful. (I previously tried sfc /scannow and it kept asking me to retry files.) I then rebooted. I then looked at My Network Places. Still nothing.

I then tried to unregister and reregister wkssvc.dll. I got the same errors: "wkssvc.dll was loaded, but the DllUnregisterServer entry point was not found. This file cannot be registered." and
"wkssvc.dll was loaded, but the DllRegisterServer entry point was not found. This file cannot be registered."

I think we've found the root of the problem.

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Check this

by Jacky Howe In reply to wkssvc.dll can't be regis ...

Click Start, Run and type services.msc and press Enter.
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Check to see if the Workstation Service is running. It should be set to Automatic. If it is not running start it. If it is running stop it and restart it. See if you get any errors.
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< Edit to add >
You didn't say whether or not the Client service is installed. You also said that you have reinstalled windows. Was that a repair/install or a full install. You have loaded all of the motherboard and drivers for the NIC.

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