Vista file sharing/network problem

By castclown ยท 4 replies
Nov 4, 2008
  1. I have a problem with my PC, it cannot see or be seen by other PC's on the network

    PC1 Vista Ultimate 64, wired ( PC with problem )
    PC2 Windows XP64, wired
    PC3 Laptop with Vista Home Premium, wireless

    Zoom ADSL x6 router

    PC2 and PC3 can see each other
    PC1 cannot see PC2 or PC3, PC2 and PC3 cannot see PC1.

    All PC's are on same workgroup ( MSHOME ), network setting on PC1 are the same as PC3.
    PC1 can ping and be pinged from PC2 and PC3.

    Also my hair is falling out and I have no fingernails left upto the second knuckle joint

    I've tried lots of things but when I enter 'nbtstat -RR' into cmd I get amessage saying

    'Failed to access NetBT driver -- NetBT may not be loaded'
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    4 ideas. Please restart after each one is completed, and test again


    Start->Run->CMD to open a command prompt.

    netsh winsock reset catalog (Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults)

    netsh int ip reset reset.log (Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults)


    Network Connections --> your Network Connection --> Properties --> Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) --> Properties --> Advanced --> WINS -->
    and checked that Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP is selected


    Check your Services are Started on all PCs: (Start->Run->Services.msc)
    Computer Browser
    DHCP Client
    DNS Client
    Network Connections
    Network Location Awareness
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    TCP/IP Netbios helper

    Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

    All of these services should be started, and their startup type should be automatic (or perhaps manual).


    1. Click Start, click Run, type "regedit" and click OK.
    2. Locate and double-click the following registry subkey:
    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Lsa"
    3. On the right hand side, double-click restrictanonymous.
    4. Set the number in the Value data box to 0, and click OK.
    5. Close Registry Editor.
    6. Restart the computer.

    Hopefully one of those will do it
    If it works, I'd like to know which did do it as well :)
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

  4. castclown

    castclown TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried all of them and nothing worked.

    I think I'll reformat and go back to XP.

    Thanks for all the help
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    one thing i'll quickly add...

    are you using Windows Firewall on all computers? or do you have any 3rdparty firewall products installed? if so, make sure Windows Firewall is really turned off! (Control Panel->Windows Firewall. Check the settings)

    then do this:
    disconnect from ISP
    Turn OFF ALL the machine firewalls
    Power down all machines and router
    Power up router (waiting for lights to no longer blink in a regular pattern)
    Turn on Vista and one other computer.
    They see each other now?
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