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mrq201

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Ok, i really did not know how to search for this so here is my question

I have a vista laptop and a xp computer. Both computers are networked using a belkin router and they are on the same workgroup. I have access to the files on my laptop from the xp computer, however, when I try to access the files on my xp computer from my vista laptop, it gives me the box

Connecting to "name of PC"
user name:
password:

I have tried everything possible in terms of user name and passwords.

Is there some settings that i have to configure? I am guessing that is what i have to do.
Please help.
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Have you tried using User with a blank password aswell?
If you right click the folder you're sharing on your XP machine and go to properties then sharing. If you have XP Pro or MCE (not sure about home) you can go to the "Rights" button and see which users have what rights. You can use one of these users to log in.

Let me know how it went.
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mrq201,

When setting up a "Workgroup" environment using MS Networking - the key is that the usernames and passwords are THE SAME on ALL PCs. Also make sure that all computers are configured to be part of the SAME workgroup (go into Networking under Control Panel, or look at the settings under My Computer, "Computer Name", "Change" - set Workgroup consistent for ALL PCs in this workgroup.).

Windows XP caches USERNAMES and PASSWORDS on workgroups and if they're different, you'll NOT be able to access resources on other PCs configured for this Workgroup.

Bottom line - when setting up home networking - make sure that ALL PC's are configured to the SAME workgroup, and that ALL usernames and PASSWORDS are the SAME on ALL PCs on this home network.

Hopefully this will help.

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Both pcs are configured to the same workgroup..
both passowords are the same
When you say user names, you mean the administrator user name right??
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mrq201,

All XP installations have an "Administrator" account. You should have the "Adminstrator" account configured with the SAME password for ALL PCs in your Workgroup. In addition, there are individual USERNAMES set up on each PC as well. Some Usernames might have Administrator access, others may not. Regardless, if you want to successfully share files/folders/printers/resources on a Windows Workgroup - you need to make sure that the Usernames and Passwords are all configured the SAME on ALL PCs in the workgroup. Remember that passwords are CASE SENSITIVE.

If you're PC's are all members of the SAME workgroup; They all have the SAME Administrator passoword and ALL additional USERNAMES & PASSWORDS are the same on ALL PCs - folder/file/printer sharing should work cleanly across the workgroup.

One other thing to note: If you're running Internet Security/Anti-Virus software such as McAfee or Norton - BE SURE to open up access to "Windows File Sharing" or SMB.

Hope this helps.

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