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I set up a home network, let's call it computers A and B linked by a router that goes to the cable modem. Both A and B can ping the gateway, but they cannot ping each other. I unistalled Norton in one of them and disabled the firewalls. I also disabled the router firewall. I get a message that says that I dont have administrator permission for the workgroup...

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by:DabRain
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What are your settings? IP addresses, are you running DHCP, etc, any and all settings that may be helpful for us to help you. What OS are you running?

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by:Lazarus
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Make sure that you install File and Print sharing on your Network seetings.
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by:sciwriter
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If you don't have admin privs, you have a login problem that will plague you with simple XP file sharing.

Delete all networking on both computers, might seem drastic, but you need to get rid of the binding to the current logins.  Copy everything in Document and settings/yourusername  to Documents and settings /all users.  Now when you make a new login, it will pick up your desktop and program files.

Log out, and login as Administrator on both computers (start, login as new) -- use safe mode if you have to.
Make a new login, identical on BOTH computers -- same name, same PW, or no PW, as long as it is identical.  Make sure that login has Admin privileges.  When sure, delete both your old logins on each system.  (This is all under computer management, users and groups -- look through the menus, you will find it.)

Now reboot and login as the new name.  Now redo the networking on both computers.  Make sure File and Print sharing is established, and share the C drive on each system with FULL access (even if only to get it working.)

If you have followed all steps exactly -- 20 mins max -- your problem will be gone.  Both will see each other, and there will be no login problems.
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by:Lazarus
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Your right that does sound drastic. I doubt that his troubles are that severe.
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by:sciwriter
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<<  I dont have administrator permission for the workgroup >>

That's pretty serious, actually -- can be simply solved infront of the network, but remote?  go through the motions, so no, it isn't as "drastic" as it seems, and might be the only way to fix it.  It's only about 5-10 mins work at max....
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by:Lazarus
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yes, your probably correct... But, I would perhaps try a differernt approach. Just log in as ADMIN on both computers and run the Network Setup Wizard again on both.
Then go to your idea. if that does not work.
Your idea is good indeed and will only take a short amount of time to accomplish, but then it will take him however long to redo his whole individual setups that he might of had on thos machines.
I personlly like to redo my machines from scratch about every year or so.. some time more.
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by:sciwriter
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FYI 98 -- the copying of ALL the data from /yourusername to /all users (under documents and settings) pretty much scarfs up all the desktop and user program files settings, so it isn't as "fatal" as it seems.

I agree tho, if it can be solved simpler, why not?  But I haven't seen that admin warning on a normal NW connect!  He apparently is using an account without admin privs, so it could be a long term problem.

AristMan  -- reboot in safe mode with NW support -- if you can connect, its just that your login does not have the right ADMIN privilges to do the needed file sharing.  So under ADMIN, add the admin rights to your login (computer management, users and accounts -- add your login to admin group).  Reboot, login as normal, is it fixed?
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by:AristMan
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I solved this problem satisfactorily
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by:Lazarus
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Ok, you solved your problem thats a good thing... But were we of any help to you? Do not forget to close the question.
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by:AristMan
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My apologies for not having answered this before. I'm sort of new in these forums and I have been gone for a while. I cannot  remember exactly what I did about this topic but it's working now. Next time I'll be more careful and share all the information...
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by:AristMan
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Now I remember that by unstalling the security features of Norton Security I was able to see my workgroup computers and get them to communicate with each other..
Somehow, Norton Security blocks some ports.. I'm not sure,,,


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