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Sharing folders/files at home from one pc to the next

By finsfree ·
I have a Linksys Wireless Router (WRT54G) at home and I would like to share some folders/files from one pc to the next. I have all XP Pro and one Vista Business OS. I am able to ping all the PC's (4) IP adresses but when I right click on a fold/file and say share I can not see it on another PC. Thank you for your help.

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Make sure that

by cmiller5400 In reply to Sharing folders/files at ...

Make sure that they are all in the same workgroup.

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Yep

by finsfree In reply to Make sure that

Yep they are all in the same network/workgroup.

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Let's start with the basics ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Sharing folders/files at ...

Have you tried dragging whatever you're going to share, into the 'Shared Documents' folder?

Does that file path work?

As regards all your PCs being in the same Workgroup, if the name is "MSHOME" or "WORKGROUP" change it to another single word name. Microsoft networks are infamous for not working properly when the default workgroup names are used for real. These default names were only ever intended to be an indication of what COULD be used, they are not de facto.

Also, having given all the PCs the same workgroup naming convention, have you run the Network Wizard on ALL the PCs, while they are ALL connected and turned on?

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Firewall, Users and Simple File Sharing

by NormH3 In reply to Sharing folders/files at ...

All of the above mentioned things may need to be tweeked. If enabled, I would disable the Windows firewall on all workstations. Secondly, I would make sure you have the same User accounts configured on all workstations using the same password. Lastly, simple file sharing is a default mode on XP if you are not a member of a Domain. You might want to GOOGLE it and disable this so that you can assign proper permissions.

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its silly but...

by Snuffy09 In reply to Sharing folders/files at ...

make sure that the time is the same on all the machines. I had that problem creating a file share at my moms house. The Vista machines time was different than the XP machine and that fixed my problem

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A couple more

by Jacky Howe In reply to Sharing folders/files at ...

In Vista turn off Network Discovery and then turn it back on.

Ensure all the necessary File & Printer Sharing ports are open on all routers/firewalls between the local and remote machines, and in any type of firewall software on the remote machine.
Confirm that the Operating System (O/S) is properly configured with regard to Names Resolution.

Enable NetBios over TCP/IP in WIndows XP

Click Start, click Control Panel
Click Network Connections.
Right-click "Local Area Connection", and then click "Properties".
Click on (highlight) "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)", and then click "Properties" button
Click the General tab, and then click "Advanced" button , bottom right.
Click the WINS tab.
Under "NetBIOS setting" section, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times, then "close".
( ) Default
(*) Enable NetBios
( ) Disable NetBios

Restart the PC

Check that File and Print Sharing is enabled on the PC's and that the Share has the User listed with Full Control. You should then be able to access this Share from another PC using the Account credentials.

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