Network between Vista laptop & XP desktop

By crc0501 ยท 6 replies
Nov 7, 2007
  1. Hi, I created a simple home network between my new HP Laptop with Windows Vista and my HP desktop that runs with Windows XP. I can access all the files and everything on the laptop from the desktop but when I try to access the desktop or printer (from the laptop) I am asked for a username and password. The laptop is connected to the internet through out router so it's not the router encryption and I have not set password or even enabled the password protection on file sharing. Any ideas?

  2. Ramo

    Ramo TS Rookie

    Is file and printer sharing enabled on the desktop?
    Re-run the network wizard on the desktop
  3. crc0501

    crc0501 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, and it was all working a few weeks ago. My wife took the laptop down to california for a week and connected to someone elses network and since then I haven't been able to access the desktop from the laptop even though I can do vice-versa.
  4. Brendannaidoo

    Brendannaidoo TS Rookie

    I had this problem before and this seemed to work.

    Create an account on both machines, call them "SHARE" and make sure you specify a password. Then when it comes up with enter username and password enter "SHARE" and the password. Then it will go through. Also check your windows firewall settings on both machine make sure its not blocking the traffic you want.
  5. sreenidhibs

    sreenidhibs TS Rookie

    connecting vista laptop to xp desktop via crossoverr ethernet cable

    connecting xp desktop to vista laptop can be easily done using ethernet crossover cable
    i came across few topics discussing about establishing connection between vista laptop and xp desktop to share resources.

    i just wrote a simple tutorial for doing the same with crossover ethernet cable.

  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    the password issue is not relate to the physical cabling, but the user-id's being used
    on both systems.

    Using Simple File Sharing is 'simple'; make sure both systems have the same user-ids.

    Disabling Simple File Sharing is the other choice and then the user-id and password
    of the user that created the share is required.
  7. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    VI know what the problem is. When she connected it to the other person's network, they have password protected sharing enabled.

    What you need to do is run the Network Setup Wizard again and make sure that password protected sharing is disabled. Also, if you run the wizard to set it up on one network, then run it again to connect to another, you are assigned to a new workgroup and you lose privileges on the old network if you connect to it again. This is a limitation of using the basic networking of XP.

    -- Andy
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