Networking problem driving me nutz RRS feed

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  • Hi all,

    I have a XP Home laptop and a XP Pro desktop, both in a workgroup and wireless. I had a printer on the XP Pro PC visible and could print to it from the laptop for a long time. Not anymore. On the laptop in my Network places I can see the desktop there but when I click on it, it says it cant find the PC and the network path is not found. On the desktop I see the laptop and when I click on it I get a popup asking for a logon password. in grey I see \\hplaptop\guest so I guess it thinks a guest is looking for the laptop. I have print sharing set on for both and as I said, accessing the printer on the desktop from the laptop worked fine for quite a while but now it does not work.. I see a number of threads out there with what seems to be similar problems and a ton of proported fixes... but I dont see positive fixes out there and on the MS support sites I dont see this problem addressed at all.  Help?? Laptop is XP Home at SP3 and desktop is XP Pro also at SP3

    Saturday, March 24, 2012 3:05 AM

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  • Hi Vegan   I have been thinking about Win 7 since I was on the early Beta program download for 8 months and I have to agree that it looks about as solid as anything MS has come out with. Problem is that I have so much on this laptop that I would spend a LOT of time cleaning it up for a backup but if thats what I need to do then so be it.  One other thing. I got my wife a Vista desktop system and it has no problem accessing the XP Pro desktop and using the printer on it. This all worked fine for a long time and I suspect MS did some kind of update that altered something. I know one of the updates altered my Boot.ini file since I have VMware on the laptop and it did not come up. I had PAE disabled and now the Boot.ini was changed to enable it so this problem I have could be anywhere.  Thanks for your reply.  Bran
    Saturday, March 24, 2012 11:03 PM
  • Atempt the following one by one until the issue gets fixed-

    1 - Press Windows key + R > type services.msc and press Enter > check if Computer Browser service is running. If not, double-click it > click Start > set Startup type to Automatic (if not already set to Automatic) and click OK.

    2 - Disable printer sharing on XP Pro > Restart > Re-enable printer sharing.

    3 - Try temporarily disabling any recently installed firewall or internet security suite softwares on XP Pro and see if the issue is gone. 

    (Once I had an XP Pro trying to connect to Windows 7 which had Panda AV Pro installed. I got the same error message. Checking the AV logs revealed that the Firewall componenet blocked an IP address which was of the XP Pro PC).

    If all this does not work, I cannot think of anything except to attempt a System Restore on the XP Home.

    Sunday, March 25, 2012 1:57 PM