Windows XP/98 networking

Posted on 2004-11-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
Setup: DSL Modem with Wireless, 4-port Router.  Both desktops are connected to router via a network cable.  I can browse my Windows 98 machine from my XP machine but not vice versa. When I open up Network Neighborhood I cannot browse the Entire Network.  I get the message that's "The network is not accessible".  I do have some folders on XP machine set up to be Shared.  Any idea?  Thanks!
Question by:bdids
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    Accepted Solution

    and from a great expert lrmoore
    First and formost, make sure there is no firewall software running! XP has built in PFW.Turn off the Internet Connection Firewall ICF in the advanced settings for the Lan Connection. Check for Norton Internet Security AV/Firewall, BlackIce, ZoneAlarm, et al.


    Next, check your XP networking setup:

    Although this link says to set netbios over tcp/ip to "default", follow the instructions below...


    Turn on "Simple file sharing" on the XP machine. Open explorer, click tools, click folder options, click the view tab and scroll down until you see "Use simple file sharing" then check the box..


    For the duration of testing, enable the Guest account on XP. If all works, you can deal with that issue later (username/passwords for everyone on every PC)


    Client for Microsoft Networks needs to be the primary network logon for all other machines


    All machines are in the same workgroup

    Enable NetBios over TCP/IP in WIndows XP

    Step 1: Turn On NetBIOS over TCP/IP

    Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.

    Click Network Connections.

    Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.

    Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.

    Click the General tab, and then click Advanced.

    Click the WINS tab.

    Under NetBIOS setting, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times.

    Click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.

    Close the Network Connections window.

    Step 2: Start the Computer Browser Service

    Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.

    In the console tree, expand Services and Applications.

    Click Services.

    In the right details pane, verify that the Computer Browser service is started, right-click Computer Browser, and then click Start.

    Close the Computer Management window.



    Expert Comment

    Have you got a windows XP disc?  Microsoft never make forward compatible software - it's where they make their money.  If you install XP on the 98 computer, problems should stop

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