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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I can clear the ARP cache now

by jim.poltrone In reply to If Clearing the ARP Cache ...

Thanks to this, I was able to clear the ARP cache. But the original problem still remains.

Can't remember if these fixes were attempted while standalone. I would think it wouldn't matter, since I dial in to my ISP instead of using broadband (DSL or cable). That's something to consider if/when I finally get employed again.

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Check that

by Jacky Howe In reply to I can clear the ARP cache ...

The Computer Browser service is running and it is set to Automatic.

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I only know

by Jacky Howe In reply to I can clear the ARP cache ...

too well what it is like to be unemployed. Welcome to the club.

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A couple of checks

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

Do you have any Firewalls running.
What Antivirus are you using.
You could temporarily disable the Firewall, check connection re-enable if not the problem and do the same with the Antivirus. You should be able to disable the Antivirus through msconfig.
When you plug in the Crossover Cable do you see this, Local Area Connection is now connected.

Logon to Tardis and check to see if it is being registerd by checking the output from NBTStat, which is a standard Windows "NetBIOS over TCPIP" utility.
C>nbtstat -A
Example: NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table
Name Type Status<br>
orac <00> UNIQUE Registered<br>
workgroup <00> GROUP Registered<br>
workgroup <1E> GROUP Registered<br>
orac <20> UNIQUE Registered<br>
MAC Address =

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Have you given up

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

Check this Registry setting as it should look like this

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa] "restrictanonymous"=dword:00000000

If it has a dword value like dword:00000001 right mouse click on it and select Modify and change the 1 to a 0

let me know how you get on.


< Forgot to add where the info came from >

I don't know if the poster that was mucking around was bored but it may help.

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Im having the exact same issue on XP Pro

by skipperthedog In reply to Have you given up

cant map drives, cant connect to other machines on the network. "Microsoft Windows Network" icon is missing, when I click on view network computers I get a MS error beep.
Read all the replies and Im rolling back to SP2 and trying the Diag tool. very troublesome indeed.

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I know it's going to be a pain to follow

by Jacky Howe In reply to Im having the exact same ...

but if you try all of the responses here you may get it to work. Mark them off as you go so that you don't get confused. Let us know how you get on.

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Went through all of them

by skipperthedog In reply to I know it's going to be a ...

I did indeed try all of the fixes, and a number of my own. I can rdp, ping and resolve to any PC on my network, but I cant connect via explorer or drive mapping (// for example)All of the other PCs can connect to any other PC and see the shares. Its XP Pro, Home, win2003, and a win2008 box. I know the shares are there. I have no AV installed, and Windows firewall is set to off. Ive literally spent weeks trying to resolve this. I hate to give this machine up as I have yrs of programs, settings and custimzation I dont want to have to rebuild.
The icon is missing, cant map drives (even to myself) clicking on view workgroup computers gives me a windows error beep. I also strangely enough have two residual "network shares" that are stuck in my network places, they are both valid and can be explored. they are: [ on] and [local on] which are to a win2003 box. At one point before this all failed I had drives mapped to these shares from this machine. I can click on these "places" and browse, but I cant see the other shares on this PC (or printers)

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It isn't if it fails it is when

by Jacky Howe In reply to Went through all of them

If you have tried all of these suggestions and it is still not working you have a few problems. Have you tried a System Restore. If that doesn't work I think that you will have no other choice other than to rebuild.

You could back up the existing registry files to a new location, delete the registry files at their existing location, and then copy the registry files from the repair folder to the System32\Config folder. When you have finished this procedure, a registry is created that you can use to start Windows XP. This registry was created and saved during the initial setup of Windows XP. Therefore any changes and settings that occurred after the Setup program was finished are lost. Doing this you would be back to square one with no Programs installed.

I can't see any other way out of it unless another peer has any suggestions.

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