If there is another place for this plz advise. In trying to network between windows 7 and XP I have followed many different suggestions without success. I have spare NIC's and a crossover cable that I can use if necessary. Have a Broadband modem and wireless router that, at this time, has an xp and 7 machine hardwired to the router. I do not use the wireless feature. setup: MSI 785GTM-E45 mobo-on board lan enabled AMD 3.2 GHz 2 Gb PC2 memory Western D 500Gb SATA hdd Motorola Surfboard modem Belkin N Wireless router Samsung CLP-315 printer HP officejet J4450 printer windows 7 home premium oem MSI K8MM3 H mobo-on board lan enabled AMD 2800 1.6 GHz 1 Gb memory Western D 300Gb IDE hdd windows xp home SP3 Would like to be able to share printer and non-system files between the 2 machines. ZoneAlarm seems to be part of the connection problem. I disabled ZoneAlarm on both machines and now use windows firewall but I would prefer ZA if possible. Thanks.