Networking XP Home & Pro through router

By david_mcb ·
I am trying to properly network 2 PCs together, and have ran into a bit of difficulty.

One is running Home SP2 and one is running Pro SP2, they are connected using a 4 port router.

- NETBios enabled on both PCs
- Windows Firewall & ICS service is disabled
- Pro allows connections using blank passwords
- Both computers are on the same workgroup
- Both computers can access internet through the modem connected to router
- Home can ping Pro
- Pro CANNOT ping Home
- Home can see Pro in workgroup computers but cannot access
- Pro CANNOT see Home in workgroup computers

Im running Zonealarm on both PCs but i do not want to stop it, if this is the cause of my problem i would like to know how to get round Zonealarm if possible.

Can someone point me in the right direction please?


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You need to configure Zone Alarm...

by jimmy-jam In reply to Networking XP Home & Pro ...

to allow trust the Pro machine on the Home machine. It's been awhile since I've used Zone Alarm but I remember it is fairly intuitive to configure trusted IP's. If you have difficulty figuring out what I'm talking about post back and I will try and dig a little deeper.

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Couple more steps

by IC-IT In reply to Networking XP Home & Pro ...

Create the same user accounts on both machines; example, compA has User Bob, compB has user Betty. Add a user Betty to compA and a user Bob to CompB (You may need to add passwords to these accounts and to the originals, you can still set windows to allow a non-logon boot).
Turn off simple file sharing (In Home you will need to do this with the admin account in Safe Mode).
Even though you are not using ICS, turn the service on.

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Try and download this to see if it fixes your issue.

You will need to install it on each machine.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this info is useful, please mark it helpful. Thanks

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That's only for an XP~Vista network when Vista can't ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Try and download this to ...

Actually 'see' the XP machine(s).

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Neither of either? :)

It could be either of neither.
Or neither of either.

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Pretentious ?? Moi ?? <NT>

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Neither of either? :)

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