Networked 2 XP PCs; only 1 sees the other's files

I recently used the exchange to help me configure my 2 XP PCs to file share.  I followed the instructions identically on both PCs as far as I know.  Anyway, I know the network is somewhat functioning--one of the PCs can see and access the files that were designated as "shared" on the other, but it's not a two-way share for some reason.

Any ideas on what I need to do to get them to share back and forth?  

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
chrisyanoAsked:
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Jay_Jay70Connect With a Mentor Commented:
are these both xp pro machines?

disable the windows firewall service and make sure you can ping each machine from the other

try \\machinename and let me know what you find
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chrisyanoAuthor Commented:
Yes they are both XP Pro machines.

I did disable the windows firewall on both, but I will double check that and try pinging them.

I don't quite understand what the \\machinename is though...

Thanks for the quick response.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
\\machinename is a quick way to tell if you can access the machine....you can also do it via \\ipaddress

start - run - \\
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chrisyanoAuthor Commented:
I didn't seem to have to change anything, but it works now.  Thank you for your help.  I gave the other guy 400 on the other post since you're getting the full 500 here.  Hope that's ok.
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chrisyanoAuthor Commented:
Keep an eye out for some more easy 500 pointers coming soon I'm sure.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
as long as things are working with you all is good!
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