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can't share files in my home network

By ultrajet ยท 5 replies
Oct 5, 2007
  1. I have two computers are connected to each other with a cross over cable.

    One uses windows xp pro(computer A) and the other windows xp media center 2005(computer B)
    Computer A can share files and take files from computer B, but computer B can't.

    In fact if you go to add a network place in computer B, It only displays its shared folders, I can't add any from computer A, it says that it is not accessible that I don't have network permission to use the resource network and told me to contact this server to find out if I have access permission.

    I pinged computer A, and it seems to recieve the file, I checked the lan settings, and it is not locked. Computer A has no firewall, but Computer B has, but it is Computer B having a problem to connect to A.

    what should I do?
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    How to connect to another PC on the network

    Welcome to TechSpot...

    Go into the control panel and switch the view to classic view
    Click on System Icon
    Click on Computer Name
    Give your PC a Name for A-ultraject1 also create a workgroup name ultrajetnet

    Give your PC a Name for B-ultraject2 also create a workgroup name ultrajetnet

    Now it gets tricky here... You need to look for Administration Tools in the control panel Click on that then click on Local Security Policy
    Click on Local Policies
    Click on Security Options

    Now to your far right you'll see a list of stuff
    Scroll down the list for:

    Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts: Guest
    Change the Guest to Classic

    Now scroll down a bit too
    Network security: LAN Manager authentication level: change the default
    to: Send NTLM response.

    Now go back to the start button
    click on start
    then on run
    type: services.msc

    scroll down the list to the far right for
    Computer Browse - Make sure this is set to Auto and is enabled
    Network Connections - Make sure this is set to Auto and is enabled

    Reboot both PCs down.. If you have problem still get a small switch 5-port type and connect both PCs to it. Better than using the crossover cable. Or you can get yourself a router and let that device do the work. But you still need to have the above set in place...
  3. ultrajet

    ultrajet TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it still didn't work. but thank you though, your help is very much appreciated
  4. danielsmith89

    danielsmith89 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    have you tried turning of the firewall, what OS are both pcs running on?
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Setup as static IP adresses then:

    Give PC 1



    Give PC 2



    can you ping these pc?

    do this...
    click on start
    then click on run
    type: cmd


    This will show active connections

    type: netstat - e

    this will show nic status

    type netstat -s

    more info statistics but shows you TCP and UDP

    type: arp -a
    you should see both if the other pc is connect to your system

    internet address physical address type 00:00:00:00:00:00

    If you don't see the above do this below as it will flush network protocols
    type the following:

    nbtstat -r
    netsh interface ip delete arpcache
    ipconfig /flushdns

    if you type: ipconfig /flushdns and you get an error like this:

    Could not flush the DNS Resolver Cache: Function failed during execution.

    Why because the DNS client service is not running

    type: REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache/V Start /T REG_DWORD /F /D 2

    Reboot the XP PC

    Whenever you want to make sure you have the right connections under the dos window
    type: route print

    This will show you your network connections the IP of the PC and default gateway PC IP..
  6. jasonvoit

    jasonvoit TS Rookie

    Hello. I had a similar problem with file and printer sharing and found the following software to be extremely helpful after I had spent hours myself trying to get it working properly (My problem resided with my firewall - Norton - which HomeNet Manager helped me determine). If you do a Google or Yahoo! search for "HomeNet Manager" it should be one of the top results. That is the name of the program I used to help me get things working and helped me determine where the problem was.

    Good luck!
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