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I could successfully make use of the "Set up a home or small office network" functionality on WinXP HOME to connect 2 WinXP Home PCs. PC1 connects to internet directly while PC2 connects to internet through PC1. Both computers can connect to the internet.

But I could not share Printer:
On PC1, when I click "View Workgroup Computers", I could see there are 2 computers, PC1 and PC2, in the Workgroup. But when i want to access to PC2, it complaints i dont not have access right to PC2 and asks me to contact administrator.....

On PC2, I even could not open the Workgroup, it complains that does not have access right to the Workgroup.

I tried to ping each other on PC1 and PC2, both pinging gives me error message:
Ping: Transmit Failed, Error Code 65

Could anyone kindly give me a help? Thx
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by:chad
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check any type of firewall services.  A personal firewall will prevent network functions if not set up to trust the other computers.
Disable all firewalls while troubleshooting the issue.  Including the XP internet connection firewall.
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by:viviancpy
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thx for letting me know the source of problem
but how could i know if i am under any firewall?
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by:chad
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XP Internet connection firewall
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;283673

do you have Norton internet security installed? what about Mcafee or zone alarm?
Those are the three most popular firewalls.
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any luck on this?
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by:viviancpy
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no, i still couldn't share the printer

i think it should be security problem
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by:benrosenfeld
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I am having the same problem, though I can ping the XP machines from the W2K machine.  The XP machine won't let me (a) change the workgroup (option is dimmed), or (b) share the printer (option is dimmed).  Please tell me how to solve this.
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