I can ping these two machines yet on my laptop, in my network places i cannot see my home pc or my laptop in the workgroup. On my home pc i can see my home pc in the workgroup. All firewalls are off that I know too. Is there a setting on my laptop stopping it joining the workgroup. Because it is not in the workgroup, i guess that is why my home pc cannot detect it. When i search for computers nothing is detected, yet when i search for "laptop" it finds it in my workgroup. Yet no symbol is showing. I want the connection purely for file transfer. Static IP address are ok, 192.168.0.1 for hom pc and 192.168.0.2 for laptop. Workgroup is same on both machines. Really Really Frustrated now! Can anyone please try to help. PS. My laptop was setup for a network at my office originally, but I don't see how that matters?