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Unable to view shared folders over network

I have setup file sharing between 2 computers 1 running Windows XP home, the other Windows XP Pro, but am unable to view shared folders over the network.  I

receive the following error on both pcs when I click on "view network computers".

Home 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.

Windows SP2 has also been installed on both computers.  Have checked firewall settings, all OK.

I'm out of ideas, can anyone help?  Thanks for all assistance.
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Well I'll Check more on it, But for me i use Norton System Works 2005, and it how the options to disable Share Documents. and the Ablitty to Control who can See your computer, but as far as i know, you need speical software, try downloading Free Shareware Files over the Internet.

Opps Sorry Didn't Understand The Question First, Thought You were Asking for People To NOT see your Shared Folders, Um Make Sures That not puting anything in there at the moment, or that both computers can go into it the long way, My Network Places, Workgroup Computers, And at the bottem tab theres a little Icon Thingy Saying Microsoft windows network, find you network name, and try going into the computer that way and make sure that its not your firewall, by clicking on local area network or Wireless Network(for whatever your using to do this), and click Change Firewall Settings in the tab on the left, and turning it off BUT if you still want firewall connection, you can still run the firewall software and stuff, just not on the network.

Sorry For Getting It Wrong Last Post,

You need to allow permissions for anonymous users - you can do this by editing the local security policy on both XP machines.

Do this by going to the following:

Local Security policy --> Under Computer configuration choose --> Windows settings --> Security settings --> Local Policy --> Security options and enable: Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users

Do this on both machines, give them both a reboot just for luck and you then should be able to get access.

Let us know if it works.....
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Hi Chiarne,
I'm making everything really simple here, so please don't be offended I just don't know how much you know.
You're error indicates a permissions problem. The easiest way to fix this is to run the Networking wizard (again if needs be). It makes a lot of under-the-hood-changes.
This can be found in Start, Connect to, Show all connections. Then select 'File, Network Setup Wizard' from the menubar.
The main points are:
- Make sure all computers us the same Workgroup name. You can name it whatever you want, but make sure it is identical on each machine eg: if you set it to Home on one machine, it must be set to Home on the other machines (not home or hOme or 'now-that-i-think-of-it-home-is-a-dumb-name-and-i-think-i'll-use-coolname-now').
-Make sure you leave 'Turn on file & printer sharing' selected
I usually run the Wizard from each PC, rather then network setup disk and say 'Just finish' at the end.
Restart your PC, then do the same for your other machine(s).
Once both have rebooted, you should be fine.

If not, time to troubleshoot.
1. How are you connected? Via a crossover cable, or a switch or what?
2. How are you receiving IP addresses? Static or DHCP? If DHCP, from what device?
3. Assuming all machines have IP Addresses for the same network, can you ping the ip addresses?

How to find your IP Address & Use Ping:
Example Config (please ignore the quotation marks & substitute my examples for your settings that you will find yourself later in this guide);
Computer name for PC 1 = 'Puter1', IP Address= ''
Computer name for PC 2 = 'Puter2', IP Address= ''

Press Windowskey+R to bring up the run box, then type cmd and press enter (this is the Command or DOS prompt).
type 'ipconfig /all' and write down the numbers and full stops following 'IP Address:'. Also write down the 'Host Name' from the top part.
Go to a different machine, open the command prompt and type 'ping' (use the one you wrote down though). You should see replies, if you do skip to pinging the name. If you get 'Request timed out.' Then you have a problem with the cables, switch or ip address allocation.

Now try pinging the name of the machine: 'ping puter1'. If you see 'Reply from'
If you've got this far. I'd say you have a permissions problem.  Run the wizard on both machines again.

If you get 'Request timed out' then you have a naming resolution problem. You can probably access the information by typing the address into explorer as '\\\' (don't use single quotes and put in the right ip address). If you don't care about the name, don't worry. Everything should work fine. If you want name resolution to work, try running the wizard on both machines again.
If it still doesn't work, go into the properties of your 'Local Area Network' connection from the 'Network Connections' screen, highlight 'Internet Protocol TCP/IP', Select the 'WINS' tab and make sure 'Enable NETBios over TCP/IP' is selected on both machines.

Let me know how you go.  Will check again in next 24 hours or so.
You need to enable the "Guest" account on both computers. In particular the Home edition box. You can't turn off simple file sharing in Home edition so you need to enable that account.

You may alxo need to create user accounts on each machine to the other machine, then share the drive or folder that you want to be able to access from the other box.
The only other thing would be what jasef mentions, that the IP addresses are in the same range, ex. 192.168.0.xxx and that the subnets match, ex.
The easiest way around this is to map the drives.
Open up the network connections folder  
Click on Tools, Then Map Network Drive
Select a drive letter
type in for folder something with this format:    \\computername\sharename               (Also make sure you have shared the folder first, Set the permissions to everyone - full access if you arn't worried)
Next click on the 'Connect using a different user name' option
Use a username/password the is on the computer you are connecting to.
Click OK, then Finish,

Also make sure they are on the same network and all as suggested above. If you have a cable router installed, you typically won't have to worry about that.
Hows it going there Chiarne? If you're still having probs, post the IP configuration of each machine... This can be done by typing ipconfig /all from the DOS prompt of each machine.
ChiarneAuthor Commented:
Hi guys,

Thanks for all the suggestions.  This problem is on a client's pc so I expect to be able to try some suggestions within the next few days.

I have already tried running the networking wizard again, both pcs have the same workgroup name.  I will try your pinging suggestion.

As soon as I have any updated news I'll let you all know.  Thanks again,

Thanks for the update Chiarne. If the wizard isn't working it's time to take Fatal_Exceptions' classes (from a post last night)...

First, ck out my P2P troubleshooting page at, as it may help explain how to set your LAN up for P2P:
or go direct to it at:

If this resolves it for you, let us know & I'll ask FE to drop in & take kudos.
ChiarneAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

Just a quick update re the networking problem.  After contacting the client they now tell me the network is up and running.  I have yet to find out how this came about, whether they tweaked a setting or the whole thing just magically decided to work.  Stay tuned for more information.  PCs...I'll never understand them!


I'm happy to take the pts if there is no objections.  I think I provided the most comprehensive answer. No objections to splitting pts if someone else thinks they earned em.
PAQed with points refunded (500)

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