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How do I network XP Pro to XP Home?

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I have two PCs that I want to network so that I can share files and the printer.

BUT...

1 PC is XP Pro and 1 PC is on XP Home. When I run the network setup wizards for both, they act like it is set up, but I can't view either " shared folders " on either PC.

When I did it with both on XP Home, it was easy cheesy.

What gives? The XP Pro PC has Norton Internet Security, does that matter?

Any help would be great. Thanks guys.
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XP Pro and XP Home can share files no problem. The only thing XP Home can't do is join a domain. There are lots of reasons that you could be having issues. Are both computers on the same workgroup? Are you using a router? Are they both on the same subnet? Do you have any software firewalls disabled (norton, windows firewall, etc)? Can you ping both machines from each other?
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we had this problem at a lanparty. my machine is a pro, but 7 other guys had home. I could see everyone in the work group, and access them but they couldnt see me. We could all ping each other. it was a bit weird. Oh and games worked fine, even if i was the host.
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Originally Posted by mrblink
XP Pro and XP Home can share files no problem. The only thing XP Home can't do is join a domain. There are lots of reasons that you could be having issues. Are both computers on the same workgroup? Are you using a router? Are they both on the same subnet? Do you have any software firewalls disabled (norton, windows firewall, etc)? Can you ping both machines from each other?
Router = Yes
Work Group = MSHOME
Subnet = ? How do I check this?
Ping = How do I do this?

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Quote:
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Router = Yes
Work Group = MSHOME
Subnet = ? How do I check this?
Ping = How do I do this?

Thanks guys.
Workgroup should = HOME
Subnet > right-click the network connection click STATUS then SUPPORT
Ping > start>run>CMD...at the prompt type in the PING 192.168.xxx.xxx for whatever machine you're trying to find
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If you have a router, and all the PC's have internet access, then you are most likely on the same subnet. To get your IP address information, go to the command prompt (start->run->cmd, enter), type ipconfig, and hit enter. It should say something like

IP address: 192.168.0.100
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0

This will also tell you what IP addresses to ping. If the other PC is 192.168.0.101, then type "ping 192.168.0.101" at the command prompt (without the quotes).

Also, it doesn't matter what the name of the workgroup is, just as long as they are all the same. Make sure that you actually have folder(s) shared, otherwise you won't be able to browse to anything. You can't just browse the other PC unless you have specified something to share.
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