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cmnold

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First, a little background. I'm trying to install a game onto my high end gaming system (computer 1) and the cd-rom doesn't recognize 2 of the 3 installation cds (#1 and #3). I suspect this is some sort of security encryption problem.

As a work around, I'm trying to temporarily enable file sharing on computer 2 in my home network (which is able to read the cds).

I enabled NetBios on the TCP-IP protocol and checked to make sure both workgroups were the same. I made sure that the windows firewall was set to off. I also shared the drive and the one folder I want to be able to share with computer 1.

When I go to network neighborhood on computer 1, I can see computer 2. But when I click the icon I'm getting a "computer 2 is not accessible. Network path was not found" error.

I'm sure I'm overlooking some simple setting. Can you give me some guidance?
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Hello cmnold and welcome to G2G,

Unfortanatly, enabling file shareing on a modern network is not as easy as adding the same workgroup name and enabling the share through a right click, thanks to all the security updates and patches from Microsoft. To get your pc's shareing we first have to complete the Network Setup Wizard (Process 1) and if still unable, then Running the selective startup option for troubleshooting (process 2). Complette the following steps for process' 1 and 2 and post back if you are still unable to share files over your network.


PROCESS 1 - Complete the Network Setup Wizard:


1. Double click My Computer icon
2. Under "Other Places" on the left Pane select the "My Network Places" link
3. Under "Network Tasks" select the "Set up a home or small office network" link
4. When the Network setup wizard appears click "Next"
5. When the second page appears click "Next"
6. When the third Page appears select the "Other" bubble and click "Next"
7. When the fourth page appears select the bubble "This computer connects directly or through a network Hub. Other computer on my network also connect to the internet directly or through a hub."
8. When the fifth page appears under "Computer description" type in XP PRO, Computer name XP PRO and click "next"
9. When the sixth Page appears under "workgroupe name" type in: namegroup - insert your last name in the namegroup and click "next"
10. When the seventh page appears select the "Turn on File and Print Sharing" Bubble and click "next".
11. When the warning comes up asking if your sure you want to turn on file and print sharing just select "yes".
*NOTE* If you do not want to create a self install disk for additional PC's skip the following steps and proceed to Step 11a through 11c at the end of this page.
12. When the seveth page appears click "Next".
13. When the eigth page appears under "What do you want to Do?" Select the "Create a Network Setup Disk" bubble and click "next".
14. When the ninth page appears select the "Format Disk" Button
15. When the format 3 1/2 Floppy (A:) screen appears just click "start"
*NOTE* If you get a warning that says formatting will erase all data - this means it will erase all data on the floppy disc - not on your hard drive
16. When it is done select "ok" then hit the "x" to close out the format screen... this takes you back to page nine and select "next".
17. Now you will a screen that shows files being copied... just wait till its done and you will be automatically sent to screen 10. Just click on "next".
18. When the eleventh page appears just click "finish".
19. Now restart your machine
20. Now go to the next computer and complete the Following


Additional Pc Setup

21. Insert the disk in the A drive
22. Double click the "my computer" icon
23. Select open network setup disk
24. double click "netsetup"
25. If the PC is unable to read the disk then just repeat steps 1-11 and include the following steps after steps 1-11 have been completed:

11a. When the next page appears select the bubble for "Just finish the wizard" and click on "Next"
11b. When the next screen appears just select "Finish"
11c. Now reboot your PC


-------------ONLY AFTER ALL THESE STEPS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED-------------
----------------------------MOVE ON TO PROCESS 2 --------------------------------


PROCESS 2 - View worgroup and Disable Protocol Blockers.

1. Go back to the first computer and double click on the "my computer" icon
2. Under "Other Places" on the left Pane select the "My Network Places" link
3. Under "Network Tasks" on the left pane select the "View workgroup computers"
4. After clicking on this you will get a list of all the computers in your network.
5. Go back to the first computer and double click on the "my computer" icon
6. Under "Other Places" on the left Pane select the "My Network Places" link
7. Under "Network Tasks" on the left pane select the "View workgroup computers"
8. After clicking on this you will get a list of all the computers in your network. If the additional computers you added are not showing up then we must GURANTEE that you have shut down all protocol blockers by disabling them through the microsoft configuration tool. Follow these steps to accomplish this:


TO BE DONE ON ALL PC'S ON THE NETWORK - Disabling all active processes for Selective startup troubleshooting:
1. Click on START
2. Click on RUN
3. Type in... msconfig
4. when the System Configuration Utility appears click on the SERVICES tab
5. Check the HIDE ALL MICROSOFT SERVICES box
6. Copy down which boxes have a check in them so you can them restore back later
7. Click on the DISABLE ALL Button
8. Click on the STARTUP Tab
9. Copy down which boxes have a check in them so you can them restore back later
10. Click on the DISABLE ALL Button
11. Click on the APPLY Button
12. Click on the OK Button
13. Click on the RESTART Button
14. When the PC restarts check the Selective startup notification box and click on the OK button
15. Go back to the first computer and double click on the "my computer" icon
16. Under "Other Places" on the left Pane select the "My Network Places" link
17. Under "Network Tasks" on the left pane select the "View workgroup computers"
18. After clicking on this you will get a list of all the computers in your network. If the additional computers you added are finally showing up then we have verified that a third party program is blocking your share ability. to find out which program it is just simply run the Msconfig again and under the Services and Startup tab... turn the components you unchecked back on one by one until you lose your share ability. If you are still not able to Share then Post back and we will continue with more advanced procedures

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