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xp Home Networking

Unable to Make a Home Net With xp Home

     

agus

3:00 am on Aug 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i have connected two desktops, the first with windows xp home which is connected to a dsl internet service for sharing it with the second desktops operating under windows xp pro. i used xp wizard for connecting both desktops. from the one with xp pro i can see both computers and access the one with xp home. from the one with xp home i can also see both desktops but i cannot access the one with xp pro. i get a message like this "\\computername is not accessible. you might not have permission to use this network resource. contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. the network path was not found".
i need to connect both computers to communicate them and share resources including a dsl service.
may anyone help me to solve this problem? i heard that xp home has problems with networking.

bill

7:42 am on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld agus.

XP Home's only 'problem with networking' seems to be that it can't join a Domain. With a home network you're probably just dealing with a Workgroup. XP Home can handle that fine.

I've had good luck on my home networks using the NetBEUI protocol on all machines. Using that I haven't had any trouble seeing all the machines.

SEOMike

3:37 pm on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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XP Home's only 'problem with networking' seems to be that it can't join a Domain

Woah... That sucks. It won't? So each computer in my office that has XP Home needs a $160 software update to support a DNC? Wow. Just another way for ol billy boy to cash in.

skipfactor

3:49 pm on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>FROM THE ONE WITH XP HOME I CAN ALSO SEE BOTH DESKTOPS BUT I CANNOT ACCESS THE ONE WITH XP PRO

Set up XP HOME as a new user on your XP PRO machine (w/ admin privs).

txbakers

4:07 pm on Aug 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What is the $160 upgrade to allow XP Home to run on a domain? I tried to upgrade the OS from home to Prof and the laptop doesn't like running that way. It randomly crashes.

Toshiba says not to do the upgrade, nor a clean install of Prof, but I need to be on domains.

SEOMike

7:29 pm on Aug 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What is the $160 upgrade to allow XP Home to run on a domain?

XP Pro. That's what I've seen it cost. Haven't looked today, but I know it's enough to make me mad.

I installed XP pro on my laptop and it made a few things not work... like the mute button built into the case. I guess XP Pro doesn't support all the custom hardware that the OEM versions do that ship with the computer.

Wonder what won't work on my desktop if I upgrade...

txbakers

7:44 pm on Aug 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Actually, I just wiped my laptop and installed XP Pro over it, used the recovery disk and installed all the drivers, and so far everything is working fine.

On a desktop it works flawlessly.

agus

4:08 am on Aug 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Bill for your Welcome.

You've said: "I've had good luck on my home networks using the NetBEUI protocol on all machines. Using that I haven't had any trouble seeing all the machines".

I understand that on your net you can communicate between computers and share resources like printers and other devices when you say you can see every machine. But with this NetBui protocol are you able to connect to your system a dsl connection and share it as well without problems?

bill

10:51 am on Aug 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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But with this NetBui protocol are you able to connect to your system a dsl connection and share it as well without problems?
It's NetBEUI, and yes I've used this protocol to share my connection using modem dial-up, and ISDN. I currently use it with a router on a fiber-optic connection. The type of connection doesn't really matter as you're really talking about the protocol the machines on your network use to talk to one another.

Here's Microsoft's page on using NetBEUI with XP:
How to install NetBEUI on Windows XP [support.microsoft.com]

bulldog

4:23 pm on Aug 19, 2004 (gmt 0)



Agus,

Have you tried to put both machines in the same "workgroup" with both of them in the same workgroup, and a user ID on both machines that match, you 'should' be able to network them together. Works for me.

To check your workgroup, from the control panel, go into the System, and click on the change button for the domain. Make the workgroup the same for both machines, and try to connect them that way.