File sharing problem adding Vista computer to an XP network
by ShawDM - 1/21/09 3:43 AM
I have what seems an unusual file sharing problem in trying to add a computer with Windows Vista Home Premium to an existing working network with two computers using Windows XP Professional and using file and printer sharing in that it is not possible to (say) copy a file to the laptop from ONE of the two others - everything else works. Apologies in advance for a long post but I thought it better to give as much information as possible at the outset.
We have two computers, Computer 1 (mine) with is connected by network cable to a wireless router and Computer 2 (my wife's) which uses wireless access, both with Windows XP Professional. These are networked via the router to file-share specified folders on each so that it is possible to copy, open, edit, save or delete files in these folders on one computer from the other.
Each has a local printer (P1 and P2 respectively) and P1 is set up for printer sharing.
All this works.
My daughter, who is living with us again at present, has now just got a laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium. Setting this up to access the internet was easy - all that was needed was to enter the wireless router key in the appropriate place.
I have also tried to add this to the XP network using wireless access so as to be able to print on my printer (P1) and to file share with mine so that she can easily transfer her documents to her computer - so far she has been working on mine.
After searching the internet for information I have been able to get the printing working using the tip of kaufmanmoore in a post in one of the CNET forums - for which thank you kaufmanmoore if you read this post, that discussion is locked so I can't post my thanks there.
I thought I had done all the other steps needed as well - see later.
It is with file sharing that there is still a problem. EVERYTHING works except for ONE thing: it is not possible to copy files from my computer to my daughter's.
File sharing with Computer 2, my wife's, works completely (i.e. it is possible for example to copy files between the laptop and Computer 2 using either computer) but not with mine.
It is only possible to copy files from the laptop to Computer 1 (mine) not the other way round. I can also open and delete files etc which are on the laptop using mine.
If I try to (say) copy a file from mine to the laptop the following happens:-
Using the laptop gives, eventually, the error message:
\\Name of Computer 1\Folder Name is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permission.
The specified network name is no longer available.
The correct names given, I have just used placeholders for here.
This is puzzling because to get the printer to work I had to install it as a Local Printer and create a new Port with the name:-
\\Name of Computer 1\Name of printer P1
using the correct names instead of these placeholders of course,
and then install the Vista printer drivers to that port. This would appear to access P1 via Computer 1 indicating that the Vista laptop can see my computer on the network.
Attempting to carry out the copy to the laptop using Computer 1 (mine) gives the error message:
Cannot copy Filename. The specified network is no longer available
However in this case the file at first appears to have been copied since its name and correct file size appear in the correct place on the Laptop, but trying to open the apparently copied file does not work because the file has been corrupted in the 'failed copy'.
After searching the internet for articles about networking Vista to XP I thought that I had done all the steps needed to achieve this, namely:-
1. Installed LLTD on both XP machines.
2. Made sure that the Workgroup name is the same on all computers.
3. Changed the network from Public to Private on the Vista machine.
4. Enabled File and Printer sharing in Vista
5. Set some other options in the Network and Sharing Center to suite our home network setup.
All Windows firewalls are turned off. All machines have a McAfee Internet Security Suite and all are configured for this to allow networking from a range of IP addresses which includes all three computers - and don't forget it all works between the two XP computers.
I can ping each computer from another using both the IP addresses and the computer names.
All the shared folders are visible on all three computers.
To summarise - everything works except copying from my Computer 1 (mine) to the Vista machine - which is what I would particularly like to be able to do.
I get the impression that it might have something to do with how the Permissions and Security are set up on my computer but cannot see what since there is no problem between the two XP computers and there is no obvious significant difference in these settings between Computer 1 and Computer 2, after allowing that there are different 'usernames'.
A rather ironic quirk is that it is possible using Computer 2 (my wife's) to copy a file directly from a shared folder on mine to a shared folder on the laptop but it is not possible to copy directly from mine to the laptop using mine or the laptop. Not though very convenient!
So please does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this one remaining problem?