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Windows 7 cannot see MSHOME or XP computers

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  • I was able to see the workgroup MSHOME computers for 5 minutes.  After I rebooted the computer, I couldn't see any of them.  However, \\ip_address\ or \\ip_address\share_name works.  Network discovery on the network is slow (on the Windows 7 computer)...it takes 45 seconds to detect all the computers.  The router I am using is D-link DIR-628 .  This same problem has plauged me in Vista.  The funny thing is...I am able to see the Windows 7 computer from XP computers just fine and quickly too.  I can ping from XP to Windows 7 just fine.  What other information should I give that would help you?  Thanks!

    Here is IPCONFIG from Windows 7:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7127]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

    C:\Users\Matthew>ping 192.168.0.193

    Pinging 192.168.0.193 with 32 bytes of data:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.

    Ping statistics for 192.168.0.193:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

    C:\Users\Matthew>ping 192.168.0.193

    Pinging 192.168.0.193 with 32 bytes of data:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.

    Ping statistics for 192.168.0.193:
        Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

    C:\Users\Matthew>ipconfig

    Windows IP Configuration


    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : vc.shawcable.net
       Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::adde:a887:bcdf:1b1e%11
       IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.129
       Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
       Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1

    Tunnel adapter isatap.vc.shawcable.net:

       Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : vc.shawcable.net

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection*:

       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:4137:9e50:3014:1a3a:9fce:9146
       Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::3014:1a3a:9fce:9146%13
       Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::

    C:\Users\Matthew>
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 10:51 PM

Answers

  • Matt, could you re-run ipconfig, but with the /all switch (that is, ipconfig /all)?
    Also post that from one of the XP boxen.

    Some things to check/verify on your LAN:
    1- all machines belong to the same workgroup name?
    2- all machines have a unique name?
    3- all XP machines have File and Print Sharing enabled, and listed as an exception in their firewalls?
    4- ICMP (ping), outgoing echo response, is listed as an exception in the firewalls of the XP machines?
    5- the Win7 machine's network config is set to Home (shown & changeable in Network and Sharing Center)?
    6- have you installed the LLTD Responder on the XP machines?  (note that if any are SP3, and LLTD has not been installed, it'll need to be requested as a Hotfix, as described in KB922120.)
    -Chris
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 2:59 AM