Win 98 pc cannot see XP pc

I have two pcs on a network. One with Win 98, the other with Win XP. If i ping the XP machine from the win98 machine, there is no problem. If I try to find the XP machine from the win 98 machine using the windows search for computers (in network neigbourhood) icon the xp machine can not be found (even if i try to find it using the IP address instead of the name). Now the really strange part of this is that if change the XP name, my problem is solved but only for a period of 1-2 days and then the problem reappears, that is i can ping the xp machine all right but i cannot find it using windows search (nor does it appear in the network neighbourhood). Now if i change the name of the XP machine my problem is again solved for a period of again 1-2 days. Note that if i change the name to any name that i used before i still cannot see the xp machine from windows (i can still ping it though)

Can anyone help with this strange problem. I am going nuts(?!)

Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

What I would try is make setup disk for your network with your Xp system, then use that on your 98 system tha seem clear up this kink of thing.
Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP:

Windows peer-to-peer networks use the NetBIOS (Network Basic Input/Output System) applications programming interface for File and Printer Sharing. NetBIOS names identify computers on the network. NetBIOS broadcasts locate computers and shared disks and folders on the network and allow them to appear in My Network Places and Network Neighborhood.

NetBIOS is not the same thing as NetBEUI (NetBIOS Extended User Interface):

NetBIOS is an applications programming interface (API).
NetBEUI is a transport protocol.
File and Printer Sharing requires NetBIOS.

Installing the NetBEUI protocol often fixes problems in Windows 98 networks. There is a debate about whether it fixes problems with Windows XP computers. See below for more information on NetBEUI.

The NetBIOS API must be enabled over one of the transport protocols: NetBEUI, TCP/IP, or NWLink IPX/SPX. Networks that use TCP/IP for File and Printer Sharing require NetBIOS Over TCP/IP, also known as NetBT.

To enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP on Windows XP and Windows 2000:

Open the Network Connections folder.
Right click the local area network connection and click Properties.
Double click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
Click Advanced.
Click WINS.
Click the Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP button.
To enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP on Windows 95/98/Me:

Click Start | Settings | Control Panel | Network.
Double click the TCP/IP->adapter entry for the local area network.
Click NetBIOS.
The I want to enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP box is normally checked and grayed out. If it’s un-checked, click the box to put in a check mark.


Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Don't forget that Windows 98 can only browse via Network Neighborhood only those machines that are of the same workgroup name as the 98 machine.

If the only two machines are in question (the 98 and XP machine) they should both be members of the same Workgroup.  Windows 98 should be able to browse to it then.

starman75Author Commented:
Excellent! Thanks
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.