Can't Net Use an XP share!

RalphG
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I have win98, 2000 and XP machines on a LAN without a domain. They are all on a single workgroup. All computers can use shares on the 98 and 2000 machines but I cannot get the "net use" command to work from ANY (98, 2000 or XP) machine to get into an XP share!
Example of my command from a win 2000 comp to an XP:

net use \\192.168.0.80\C$ /user:administrator

or

net use \\192.168.0.80\IPC$ /user:administrator

I am entering the correct password when requested and EVERY computer has "file and printer sharing" enabled.
Infact I am sharing the printer on the 192.168.0.80 (win XP) machine that I am trying to do a net use with!
I can ping it!
I can tracert it!
I just can't win with it!
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Commented:
you don't say if XP is home or pro
If pro
Run local security policy editor from control panel admin tools and set the local policy, Network Access: Let everyone permissions apply to anonymous users, to enabled and make sure guest account is enabled
if home, enable the guest account
make sure to use "clent for M$ networks" as the primary logon for the w98 boxes
and on the xp box, create a share
in windows explorer, right click on a foldeer, choose sharing, and give it a name

Commented:
another thing you might try is not supplying the username on the net use.

net use \\192.168.0.80\IPC$

Just make sure that "Everyone" has permission to the main share.
Make sure XP's built-in firewall is off or permits NetBIOS traffic.
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Commented:
Thank you all for being so fast with the replies.
I am not at work now and did not expect such a good response (My first question on EE).
However, I am going to try the suggestion on my home LAN today and will give points when tested.

Thank you again. I have been trying to find a fix for over 2 weeks now!

Oh, by the way, your assumption is correct it is XP Pro and I didn't say that the error message was number 5 "Permission denied". It was gone midnight and the neurons went to sleep way before the typing fingers realised!

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I was unable get the tests done before I was at work but it then occurred to me that I would like to achieve a connection without physically going around to the WinXP computers and changing something on each one.
Surely XP allows this as Win9x to Win2000 allows it.
I will see how I can post points without closing the question now.

Below is a dump of my Dos screen:

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Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

E:\Documents and Settings\RalphG>ping transport2

Pinging transport2 [192.168.0.180] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.180: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.180: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.180: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.180: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.180:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

E:\Documents and Settings\RalphG>net use * \\192.168.0.180\C$ /user:administrator
The password is invalid for \\192.168.0.180\C$.

Enter the password for 'administrator' to connect to '192.168.0.180':
System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied.


E:\Documents and Settings\RalphG>
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I can't do it by not giving a username!
I am providing the correct password!
I have tried the same thing on three other WinXP's on the same network!

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Commented:
I was unable get the tests done before I was at work but it then occurred to me that I would like to achieve a connection without physically going around to the WinXP computers and changing something on each one.
Surely XP allows this as Win9x to Win2000 allows it.
I will see how I can post points without closing the question now.

Below is a dump of my Dos screen:

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Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

E:\Documents and Settings\RalphG>ping transport2

Pinging transport2 [192.168.0.180] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.0.180: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.180: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.180: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.0.180: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.0.180:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

E:\Documents and Settings\RalphG>net use * \\192.168.0.180\C$ /user:administrator
The password is invalid for \\192.168.0.180\C$.

Enter the password for 'administrator' to connect to '192.168.0.180':
System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied.


E:\Documents and Settings\RalphG>
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I can't do it by not giving a username!
I am providing the correct password!
I have tried the same thing on three other WinXP's on the same network!
Commented:
Ralph, I got a question.  Are all the local Administrator passwords the same?  
If they are different on each computer, you should have to supply the local administrator password on the desired computer to connect.  Also I noticed you didn't mention the permissions on the shares.  Make sure you have "everyone" set for the permission on the folder.  Since you're not on a Domain you'll need that setting on the share.  Sorry if these comments sound kinda repetitive or simplistic...but that's where alot of problems are.  Good luck.

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