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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have have just set up a home network usning my xp as server.
I have 3 computers in my network including mine and used the same disk to setup all 3.
computers involved are xp , win 98 and me.
when i set up the network i followed the instruction and made sure all computers were on and set mine XP
up to be the server and for them to log on to mine. after I was done i am able to connect between the win98
and the me computer but i can not connect from my xp computer to see either the win98 or the me computer.

I get a msg when i want to see the work group

mshome is not ava. you might not have permission to use this network resourse. Contact the admin of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

the list of servers for this workgroup is not currently ava.

help thanks,  Greg

PS I am the administrator.
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ME and 98 are using Netbios names to communicate... XP looks for DNS naming
Enable NetBios over TCP/IP on the XP machine.

also check into the browser master services

One more thing.   XP comes with an Internet connection firewall built-in.  It has been known to cause problems with small networks such as yours.  Disable it.
Also, many other firewall applications require configuration to allow local networking.  Disable any that you may have running to test if it is causing a problem.


Nothing changed I still can't see workgroup
the changes I did.
xp firewall was no on
I turned of symantics firewall to test.
I read and followed the steps to microsoft
and changed txp/ip enabled it
and checked the browser and it said it was started.

I still get the same msg when i try to see any workgroup


How about users and passwords.
in a peer / peer network each machine should have the same user name and password setup on each machine.
Also, XP doesn't like blank passwords with networking.
What is the name of the workgroup for the 98 and me machines?


the workgroup is the same for all machines. As I stated i can connect between the me and 98.
as for the passwords in peer to peer nework the same user name and password?
where do i check this?

I don't have passwords setup on the 98 or me

How are the workstations(98, me machines) connected to the server(XP Machine)??  


lynksys router/switch

what is the IP address of the XP machine?
click start.. run..
ipconfig /all
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is your xp OS xp Pro? if so
Run local security policy editor from control panel admin tools and set the local policy, Network Access:

this will repeat some of the comments above
and from a great expert lrmoore
First and formost, make sure there is no firewall software running! XP has built in PFW.Turn off the Internet Connection Firewall ICF in the advanced settings for the Lan Connection. Check for Norton Internet Security AV/Firewall, BlackIce, ZoneAlarm, et al.


Next, check your XP networking setup:


Although this link says to set netbios over tcp/ip to "default", follow the instructions below...


Turn on "Simple file sharing" on the XP machine. Open explorer, click tools, click folder options, click the view tab and scroll down until you see "Use simple file sharing" then check the box..


For the duration of testing, enable the Guest account on XP. If all works, you can deal with that issue later (username/passwords for everyone on every PC)


Client for Microsoft Networks needs to be the primary network logon for all other machines


All machines are in the same workgroup

Enable NetBios over TCP/IP in WIndows XP

Step 1: Turn On NetBIOS over TCP/IP

Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.

Click Network Connections.

Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.

Click the General tab, and then click Advanced.

Click the WINS tab.

Under NetBIOS setting, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times.

Click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

Close the Network Connections window.

Step 2: Start the Computer Browser Service

Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.

In the console tree, expand Services and Applications.

Click Services.

In the right details pane, verify that the Computer Browser service is started, right-click Computer Browser, and then click Start.

Close the Computer Management window.







Top Expert 2004

also make sure file and printer sharing is bound to the LAN NIC


host name                             howdy
primary dns suffix
node type                               unknown
ip routing enabled                   no
wins proxy enabled                 no

ethernet adapter local area connection:

connection-specific  DNS Suffix       dsl-verizion
description                                    3com
controller compatible
physical addess                          05-05-5b----
dhcp enabled                              yes
autoconfiguration enabled              yes
ip address                                     .1.100
subnet mask                                    255
default gateway                              .1.1
dhcp server                                     .1.1
dns servers                                     4.2.4

I am running XP NOT PRO
Top Expert 2004

dumb question, but you are sharing something on each machine? (folder/drive)
Top Expert 2004

XP comes in two versions, home and pro
Top Expert 2004

can you ping the other machines from the xp box?
how about the xp box from the other machines?


no i am not sharing something on each machine. Not a dumb question

xp home version

yes i can ping the other 2 computers from XP and I can ping the gateway
I can not ping the xp from the other 2 computers.
they can ping each other and the gateway

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Top Expert 2004

>>no i am not sharing something on each machine
share something

Norton Internet firewall has a configuration option to trust networked computers.  
set the network range into the trusted zones and  you should be able to have access and firewall protection

did you enable the firewalls after you tested it earlier?  If that is the case, something else wasn't set correctly that changed in the process.  what other items or settings were changed since then?
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