Windows XP Home Edition
Here are a few things people have suggested:
1: Turn off firewalls if any are used (including XP's Internet Connection Firewall). If this is the cause you need to reconfigure your firewalls.
2: Turn on Guest Accounts in control panel\user accounts.
3: Create an account on your XP machine that matches the username and password you use to log in to the other computers.
4. Get rid of all protocols except TCP/IP and make sure it's bindings include file and printer sharing. This is not recommended if you have no router between your network and the internet because you are very vulnerable. If you don't have a router, I suggest you disconnect from the internet before you try this. If it works for your network, you'll want
to purchase a router.
5. If you have a router, run the network wizard and select to set it up for a "gateway" connection. Also I found I needed to let it select my connection in the process. When I wanted to select (because I thought I knew what I was doing or could figure it out) it didn't work right.
Try these and let me know if any of them works for you. If you have questions e-mail them. Or click Here to see Steve Winograd's site.
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