Windows Vista and XP on LAN

By matav
Jun 2, 2008
  1. k. k. after a long time i'm here to ask a question.
    Well, i put my Desktop Computer and my Laptop on a LAN
    My Laptop has Windows VISTA running and my desktop computer has Windows XP SP2 running.
    For XP & VISTA, i've set the static IP's to and respectively.
    Now i do a ping from XP to VISTA and XP receives the reply
    But, when i ping from VISTA to XP, i get no reply whatsoever.
    So now, i stop & disable my firewall service from Services.msc in XP.
    Now i do one more ping from VISTA to XP and i get obviously get the reply.
    BUT, what my problem is, is very specific.
    Can anyone tell me what [in the Windows XP SP2 firewall settings] was actually blocking VISTA from pinging XP?
    Cauz i don't really want to disable my windows firewall, i will just put the above reason into the exception list of the firewall so i can ping from VISTA as well as have a live firewall for my Windows XP SP2.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    To allow exceptions to Windows firewall

    Start-->Run--> wscui.cpl
    Click on Windows Firewall
    Click on the middle tab "Exceptions"

    Lots more info here:
  3. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 144

    well... that is just another way of accessing it from control panel.
    That's not my issue, i want to know exactly what is preventing a VISTA computer from pinging an XP computer cauz when i hook 2 XP's on same LAN, i don't get the same issue. It pings either computer without disabling the firewall service.
    ok... fine, gone to exceptions tab. But now what must i specify here for exception?
    in other words...
    What must i specify in the exception list to allow my Laptop [running VISTA] to ping Desktop PC [running XP]?
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