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Problems connecting two Windows XP Pro machines via a workgroup

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Hello

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.

Please help!

Colin Palmer
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I have seen lots of cases with ZoneAlarm causing this exact problem.  Try disabling ZoneAlarm temporarily on both machines and see if it works without ZoneAlarm on.  If this solves the problem, then you need to add your home subnet (probably a 192.168.0.0/255.255.255.0 network) to your list of trusted networks and then turn off or reduce the security level on your trusted networks.  If you need more help, I can post step-by-step instructions for doing all of this.
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Yes by disabling Zone alarm this does fix the problem.

However, I added the other computer's IP address to my zone alarm as a 'trusted' network but still didnt work! Any ideas?

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Have you tried lowering the security settings (perhaps all the way off) for the trusted zone?  You could also try looking on ZoneLabs tech support site (http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/support/techSupport.jsp).  This is a common problem and there are a lot of posts about it in their forums.  I am not currently running ZoneAlarm on any of my machines or else I would give you more detailed instructions. Good Luck!
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don't mean to hijack, but i've got the same problem.
Two computers both running Win XP Pro SP2.
Both connected wirelessly through a d-link router (DI-624) with 128 bit encryption.
Both on the same workgoup (MSHOME).
File and Printer Sharing, etc. enabled.
PC Cillin as my antivirus app.
I can ping back and forth from each pc.
On pc 'B' i can see the computer name of pc 'A' but can't connect/see any shared files.

any ideas?
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PS. i didn't have this problem before i switched to sp2 but don't thing it's a sp2 firewall issue, seeing as the problem isn't resolved when the firewall is disabled on both
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I got my network working on SP2, do bare in mind SP2 has its own firewall, try disabling it.  With my Zone alarm I had to add the IP address of the PC I wanted to connect to.

Another thing you could try is to disable the encryption just for starters to get them talking then once talking enable the encryption. I found when connecting in Ad-Hoc mode I had to have the same username and password on both PCs! I have not tried connecting via a router but you may still need to have the same username and password on all the PCs you are connecting to.

Hope this helps
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