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Turn on NetBT but netstat show Netbios over TCP/IP Disabled

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I am trying to workgroup a W2K Pro laptop and an XP home edition desktop. Both machines can ping each other.  Although I have added the W2K machine to the workgroup, it does not show up in the explorer interface to the workgroup.

I have tried to turn Netbios over TCP/IP on via the Network Properties interface, and even though Network Properties shows that it is on, netstat -a shows:

NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Is there a way I can turn it on via the registry?
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The tcp/ip helper service is working?
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Yes the service is running.
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If the machines are taking the address from a dhcp server, the netbios configuration could be overwriten by the dhcp server.
Is the File and printing sharing enabled? The computer browser service is running?

Do you run any firewall?
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No firewall is running. The machine uses a static IP, File and print sharing is enabled. The browser service is running.
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Could be related to rpc. Do you have any errors in Logs? Use event viewer to see if any.
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Event viewer shows:

> Initialization failed because the driver device could not be created.

For  source NetBT
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I unistalled and re-installed the TCP/IP protocol and was able to get netBT to work.

Unfortunately something in the process has broken my dns client. After restoring all of the configuration I can ping my ISP dns servers and they are up from another machine, but do not respond on this machine.
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I solved the DNS problem using the answer from a PAQ - removed the winsock and winsock2 registry key and then re-installed TCP/IP again. I now have DNS and can see both computers in my workgroup.

The last part is to now get access to my XP based resources. As per other PAQ's I have turned on the Guest account, but I still do not have access to the XP machine.
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What's the error code and message when you try, in command prompt, the next command:

net use * \\xp_home_name\C$

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net use * \\xp_home_ip_address\C$

Run the command on the xp pro.
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System error 67 has occurred.

The network name cannot be found.

The odd thing is I was able to map drives between the two systems - so they can see each other now, but I still get the error above.
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On the xp home computer the administrative shares must be: IPC$, ADMIN$ or C$. This can be done by a virus, worm, or another attack.
Verify this:

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
Locate and click the following registry sub-key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters
If the AutoShareServer and AutoShareWks DWORD values in the LanmanServer\Parameters sub-key are configured with a value data of 0, change that value to 1.

If the values are missing it's ok.

Veify the computer with an antivirus program, and with antispyware.
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