XP and Win 98 problem

I am trying to network an XP Home edition PC and a Win 98 PC using to PCI NIC's and a cross-over cable.

I have used the XP network setup Wizard but I can't get the two machines to 'talk' properly. I can see the shared folders of the 98 machine when I look from the XP but when I try it the other way around it says "the computer or sharename cannot be found". I don't get why not.

THe XP machine is listed in explorer under network neighbourhood but whenever I click on it I get the error message above.

The XP machine as a static IP of but the 98 machine is having an IP automatically assigned.

If anyone can help that would be great. I'm puzzled.

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stevenlewisConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would suggest giving the Windows 98 machine a static IP address. Give it and a subnet mask of

When you do that you will have to reboot. After the boot go to a command prompt and type ping if you get replies you have connectivity. Try and look at your shared folder then. If you are still having problems make sure that you have file and printer sharing activated and that you are not running any firewall software (zonealarm tiny personal firewall etc etc). If you are you can either disable the software of allow traffic from 192.168.0.x

Hope that helps

Add yourself as a user on the XPmachine and enable the guest account. Make sure file and printer sharing is enabled.
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Also try loginng (if asked) on the w98 machine as a user that is set up on the XP machine. administrator should be the easiest.
but the 98 machine is having an IP automatically assigned
if there is no dhcp seerver to assign the ip address, then you have to statically assing one. If you enable ICS on the XP box, then it will assign one ot the 98 box
Did you use the connection wizard on XP to make the network disk for Win98x? Makes setup a snap, just take the floppy it makes and put in in machine 98x and run it.
jblangworthyAuthor Commented:
Sorry guys. I have tried everything you came up with. I had already run th XP uhome networking wizard when I first posted my question. I have since tried giving the Win 98 machine a static IP of but I can't ping either machine from the other.

What should my WINS resolution settings be on the Win 98 machine? It is currently disabled.

I can still see XP machine in the network neighbouhood of the Win 98 machine but when I try to access it I get a mesage saying that I don't have access. The microsoft network login window appears when I boot up the Win 98 machine and I log into using the same name as I have on the XP machine but it still won't give me access.

I'm tearing my hair out here so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

You are having permission issues
on the w98 box, use "client for M$ networks" as the primary logon (this creates the token that the xp box needs to allow acccess to it's resources) and use the same username and password that you log on to the xp box with
remember xp is built on NT and it's security
also on the xp box, share the root drive (c:) or (d:) and allow complete access
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