Windows Workgroup with Windows Vista and 98

By hose_adomingo ·
I have a Windows 98SE and Windows Vista Premium computer attached to a 2Wire wireless router with modem. The workgroup on all the computers have been changed to Homnet. The 98SE's can see the Vista in the Network and the Vista can see the 98SE by computer name. When the Vista is asked to explore the 98SE's shared files, there is a prompt for a user name and password. There is a password but no user name required for the 98SE. The 98's firewall has been turned off. Can the Vista and 98SE be workgrouped? If so, how?

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows Workgroup with Wi ...

create identical Accounts on each PC with the same password. I normally leave the default <i>Workgroup</i> Workgroup.


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Windows Vista/98 Workgroup

by hose_adomingo In reply to Yes

Thanks for the suggestion. To create the workgroup in Vista, I went to start,computer, properties, change settings. On the computer name tab, I clicked on the button change to rename the computer. There is a space to change the name of the workgroup which I did, to Workgroup. In windows 98, I changed the workgroup name to Workgroup by changing the computer name in the Network Neighborhood properties. The windows 98 drive is shared with a password.

From the Vista machine I can see the Windows 98 machine. When I want to explore the c drive, there is a prompt for a user name and password.

I did not assign a user name for sharing. For Windows 98 workgroups, all you had to do was name a workgroup and you could read all the files you want on files that were shared. With Vista, there is the user name/password prompt.

I believe that this security is preventing the Vista machine from using a printer shared on the Windows 98.

How do I tweak the workgroup so Vista will allow information exchange?

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows Vista/98 Workgro ...

a start turn off the share for C: drive in 98. That will stop the username password issue. You should never share the root directory. The proper way to access it is by mapping it. EG: net use F: \\PC\C$
Also the Map Network Drive facility \\PC\C$

Alternativly you can share a folder on the 98 PC and use the Map Network Drive facility.

As for the printer, did Vista ask for the drivers to be installed. I havent tested Vista & 98 printer compatability. I would be inclined to connect it to the vista PC. But check that you have the proper drivers installed.
Let us know how you get on.

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by hose_adomingo In reply to For

The printer is on the Vista, it works on the network. Mapping the drives as opposed to sharing the entire drive gave the network access. Many thanks.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks

to be able to help.

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Win 98SE Network Log In

by perdido5463 In reply to Windows Workgroup with Wi ...

Back in the days of Win98 networking is was a requirement that if you wanted a computer to partake of the network one had to log in with an ID and (worded) password - that is the enter key by itself would not work to connect to the network - nor would the Escape key access to the desktop.

A worded password is also required for a Vista based network

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