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Networking 2 Windows XP machines

I have two windows XP PC's at home connected to the internet thro a router. I am able to ping Machine A with Machine B but not vice versa.

I would like to be able to have file sharing and printer sharing on the PC's so that I can access files and also share the printer between the 2 PC's .

Right now I am able to ping Machine A with Machine B but not vice versa. PLease help. The Internet connection is fine.
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emk459
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lrmooreCommented:
99% of the time when you have 1-way ping, there is a software firewall involved on the one that cannot be pinged (machine B)
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
Networking XP

*****Most Networking Problems with XP*****

Are caused by Firewalls (either hardware or software)
If you have Zone Alarm, Black ICE Defender etc turn them off! If the problem goes away, you need to reconfigure the firewall. Also Windows XP by default has a built in firewall (ICF) to disable
1.  Open Network Connections (Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double click Network Connections.)
 
2.  Click the Dial up, LAN or High–Speed Internet connection that you want to protect, and then, under Network Tasks, click Change settings of this connection.
 
3.  On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall, select the following:  Clear the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet check box. This disables the firewall; your computer and network are then vulnerable to intrusions.


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How to Set Up a Small Network with Windows XP Home Edition (PART 1)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=813936
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How to Set Up a Small Network with Windows XP Home Edition (PART 3)
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Adding XP to a network

http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp/addxp.htm

Windows XP Network troubleshooting

http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/troubleshoot/
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chadCommented:
99% of the time this is because of a firewall that is blocking comms between the two.
The one that can ping probably has a firewall activated.  disable it and any other firewalls and try again.
let me know how it goes
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pseudocyberCommented:
It's probably a firewa.... oh, someone said that. ;)
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chadCommented:
you have got to be joking... I guess great minds think alike.  Just greater minds are quicker.
I have seen close posts on time but not being so close to saying the exact same thing.
:-)
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
it goes to show, the mighty lrmoore can type a line of text faster than i can execute 3 mouse clicks?
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chadCommented:
and I guess our rate estimates are accurate and confirmed =D
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Wow.. looks like I was late to this party..  

emk459..  glad to see you took my advice and joined the Community..  Told you that you would get excellent support from these experts..  :)

Not much I can add here, but will be watching..

FE
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SunBowCommented:
(awaiting response to first comment)
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
This question needs to be closed out, unless you have a reason to leave it open.  If you would, please accept one of the experts comments, or split the points if more than one expert helped you.  If you do not know how to do this, please go here for help:

How do I close a question?
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Thanks,

FE
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