Problems connecting two Windows XP Pro machines via a workgroup
Posted on 2004-09-05
I am trying to connect two Windows XP Pro machines together using wireless network cards. My workgroup is called 'MSHOME' on both machines. If I go to 'View Workgroup Computers' I can see both PCs.
I have got Windows to obtain my IP addresses automatically, I have got NetBIOS over TCP/IP enabled and File and Print Sharing, QoS Packet Scheduler and Client for Microsoft Networks enabled on both machines as well.
I do have Zone alarm Pro and Norton Antivirus installed on one of my PCs which has been disabled. I cannot ping either PC, I just get the message 'response timed out'.
If I click into the PC via 'View Workgroup Computers' I get the message:
\\Colinserver is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.
The network path was not found.
There was one thing I noticed. On the PC 'Colinserver', when I rebooted and got to the log on screen, I could connect to it, but as soon as I logged in, I no longer had the permissions to view the shared drives.