Windows 7 cannot share with windows xp

JD - Jan 4, 2010 at 09:27 PM
 Sahm - Mar 18, 2010 at 02:37 PM

I have a Windows xp machine wired to a Netgear router. It is working fine. I have a Windows 7 machine roaming on the router. It is also working fine.

However, Windows 7 cannot see XP on the network, and thus cannot file share. I have made sure the network names as the same, but this did not help. I ran the wireless network sharing setup wizard on my xp machine, and restarted it, but this did not help.

Any suggestions?

3 replies

xpcman Posts 19531 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,835
Jan 4, 2010 at 09:30 PM
Did you set up Homegroup for networking in Windows 7?
Homegroup only works with Windows 7 computers and will not talk to your XP computer.
If so, you will need to change the networking system to one that XP can use.

On your Windows 7 computer:

* Click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen,
* Then go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
* Click the link under "view your active networks" (if you've set up a Homegroup, the link should say "home network").
* In the next window choose "Work network" that will switch you from a Homegroup to a workgroup so your two computers can talk to each other.

Before you can network the computers, you must assign the same workgroup name to both of them and SHARE folders in Explorer.

Thanks for the advice. Q: when you say "SHARE files in Explorer," do you mean internet explorer or explore in the state menu?

I tried to share files in the start menu in xp so my w7 machine could get them--I've got both as workgroup and both with the same name--but I was told: error Server service not setup.

Also, if I go through System to Computer Name and try to change the workgroup name it, I'm told I must install networking. I found a backdoor to change it anyway, but . . .

do you know how to start the server service and install networking? My wired xp LAN connection is fine as is my wireless w7 connection, the computers just can't see each other!

pinguino1 Posts 1 Registration date Tuesday January 5, 2010 Status Member Last seen January 6, 2010 1
Jan 6, 2010 at 12:57 AM
I have one W7 and 3 XP's computers.
W7 cannot see the XP's.
The XP's can see the W7 but access is denied.

I have the same Workgroup name all all 4 computers
And the network is set as a Work Network.

If I go to Windows Expllorer in the W7 to share a folder, the choices are Everyone or Specific Name. I set it to everyone but still the XP computers can not access the W7

When I bought the W7 it connected to the network right away without doing nothing. I transferred files from the shared folders in the XPs But I don'that I did and now can not even see the other computers. I just remember that I installed Norton and at some point I set the W7 to Home Network but I changed to Work Network.

Can anybody have at least a hint to follow?
Turn off Firewall in Norton or set it to "Small Home or Office Network". I had same problem and was solved by that.