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Strange networking between XP ME

Posted on 2006-07-04
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Last Modified: 2013-12-07
I have a home user, 2 machines, XP Home SP1 and WinME, the XP had a virus, removed with no major problem, then the LJ4L died, she replaced it with a newer LJ1320, she can print and everything else, but for some strange reasons, the ME can no longer see the XP shared files/printer, I can ping from ME to XP and XP to ME, zonealarm is both opened for both machines, I have also disabled both firewalls.

The XP can see shared files on the ME, just not the other way round, if I try to connect by network name \\AlexXP  from WinME, it just said resource not found.

So far I have removed NetBUEI, Windows Networking, File and printing on both machines and reinstalled them, same problem, the machine is cleaned (checked by Bitdefender, Avast and Panda, removed afterward), and they just have ZoneAlarm and AVG on them, and as said earlier, ZoneAlarm were first disabled and then shutdown with same result.

Anyone could suggest something to head for ?

Many thanks
Question by:robertdims
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ID: 17037188
Forgot to say, Guest account is also enabled.
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by:Steve Knight
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Is netbios enabled on the properties of tcp/ip on the XP machine?  Can you get to the other with Start | run \\ipaddress in which case maybe add an LMHOSTS and/or HOSTS entry for servername against the ip address.
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Information that I have compiled over the years with lots of good information:

Some information networking XP to non-XP. XP has a whole new setup and must be adjusted to be backward compatible.

Differences between Windows XP Home and Professional

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, PC-cillin (yes, some AV products have built-in firewall), VPN client (Raptor Mobile, Cisco VPN), 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 (Pro only) 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 complete explanation, see here:;EN-US;304040

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

   Click Start, click Control Panel
   Click Network Connections.
   Right-click "Local Area Connection", and then click "Properties".
   Click on (highlight) "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)", and then click "Properties" button
   Click the General tab, and then click "Advanced" button , bottom right.
   Click the WINS tab.
   Under "NetBIOS setting" section, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times, the "close".
     ( ) Default
     (*) Enable NetBios
     ( ) Disable NetBios

   Reboot the computer.

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.

Windows XP (at least PRO) defaults a setting in Local Security Settings to something very unhelpful.
If all this does not solve your problem, check Local Security Settings, Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts.  This may be set to (default) Guest only - local users authenticate as Guest.  Change this to Classic: local users authenticate as themselves.

Start/run: gpedit.msc
   Local Computer Policy
     Computer Configuration
      +Windows Settings
         +Security Settings
           +Local Policies
             +Security Options
          Double-click on Network Access:Sharing and Security Model for local accounts--
                 --change to "Classic - local users authenticate as themselves"

Look for and set these properties as shown also

Network access: Allow anonymous SID/Name translation     ==> Enabled
Network access: Do not allow anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts     ==> Disabled
Network access: Do not allow anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts and shares          ==> Disabled
Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users     ==>      Enabled

Now you may disable the Guest account as recommended for improved security (for the XP box).  Without this set properly nothing will work for XP!

There's a different Guest account setting that controls networked access to XP's shared disks and folders when simple file sharing is enabled.

To enable networked access, enter this line at a command prompt:

   net user guest /active:yes

To disable networked access, enter this line at a command prompt:

   net user guest /active:no

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ID: 17037814
Thanks all, I see two key points here that might help, as I am not near the machines so I cant check but from memory from last week, NetBIOS were enabled and browser for both WKS/Server were enabled, but I need to double check it again on Thursday.

What foxed me is that the whole thing were working fine before, and these users never changes any settings without first asking for advice, so how the links broke is beyond me.

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