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I have 2 computers at home and I want to network them together. I installed network cards and am using a crossover cable. Everything seems to be working fine as far as the cards go. Both computers recognize each other on the network and show a little icon for each computer but I cant access anything on either computer from the other. when i query the win 95 system from the 2000 system i get a blank folder with the win 95 computer name on it and vise versa. I am a network novice and could really use some help. I have all the protocols, services etc right I think. Can some one explain exactly what i have to do step by step to access all of the files from one coomputer to the other?
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Hi,

1. When you say "2000 system", is that a machine running Windows 2000 Professional or Server? If it is a Win2kPro, check the workgroup name you used and make sure you have correct share setup on local 2000 system.

2. On your Win95 machine, have you shared any resources out for the other PC to access? Make sure in network property, you have enable File and Print share for Microsoft network.

3. If you want to access all resources on each computer, share the local logical drives out with no permission limitation (by right click on C: or D: and share it.)

Hope this help.
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huben, Thanks alot. I knew it was something simple. You got me through half of it. on my win95 machine I clicked share like you told me and now I am able to see the win 95 files on my win 2000(Proffessional) System but I still cant see the win2000 files on the win 95 system. I checked the sharing and everything seems to be as you suggested. What to do?. By the way, thanks again, I was about to give up. The points are yours. Lets just see if we can get through this last problem.
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Ps. my win95 system trys to log on to my win2000 system everytime it boots up and says it is unable to get an ip address. shold it be doing this?
Thanks again
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vickjam, If you still can not see shares on Win2k from your Win95, what errors did you get? Did you get a window prompt for account and password (if yes, you should enter your Win2k administrator account and password)?
Is your Win2k configured as in a workgroup (in Control Panel, Systems, Network Identifications) the same as your Win95 PC (if not, make them the same)? Let me know.
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Ps. my win95 system trys to log on to my win2000 system everytime it boots up and says it is unable to get an ip address. shold it be doing this?
Thanks again
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vickjam, If you still can not see shares on Win2k from your Win95, what errors did you get? Did you get a window prompt for account and password (if yes, you should enter your Win2k administrator account and password)?
Is your Win2k configured as in a workgroup (in Control Panel, Systems, Network Identifications) the same as your Win95 PC (if not, make them the same)? Let me know.
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Ya, that's could be the cause. So, back to my first question, is your Win2000 a server or workstation?

If it is a server and has DHCP running (which will give your Win95 an IP address), then the easiest way to fix this is to give your Win95 a static IP address rather than using DHCP. Check what the IP address you are using on your Win2000 (by going to DOS and run IPCONFIG) and then give your Win95 an IP address with the same subnet mask in network TCP/IP property).
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Thankyou friend I have it figured out. The problem was that win2000 had my c drived listed as a share name C$. I dont know why. I changed it to C and everything is great. Experts exchange is the bomb. I've been coming here over a year and have nothing but great things to say. Well here I go off into the wild network world. What would you suggest for a newbie on the network to do for kicks :) best regards.
vickjam
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vickjam, Happy to be able to help. I forgot to tell you that NT technology share C: default to C$ for admin access only, you can change the share name or give it another share name (like what you did).
Have fun in computer network.

Hu
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