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I am trying to connect to another computer (both Windows XP SP 3) via UNC path

  \\targetmachine\path

(where 'targetmachine' is the computer's name). This worked yesterday, it has for a long time--but not right now. I shut the machines down last night, started them today, and I now get a message 'Windows cannot find .... Check the spelling and try again..."

So I try

  \\targetmachine

in Windows Explorer and that does not raise an exception, but does not show anything in the directory list--it is empty.

This happens from various computers trying to connect to the target machine.

I did a warm reboot the target machine, and one of the other machines. No difference.

I tried nbtstat -R from the command line on the computers, no difference. Time on all machines are the same.

I ran a UNC path on the target machine to the target machine (and others) and it works fine. Also, I can get a connection to the Internet in Firefox just fine, but when I just tried Internet Explorer, it tells me that it cannot connect. I pinged an domain name from the command line and it responded.

I don't know what to look at.
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by:Jeremy Weisinger
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On the target machine make sure that the directory you are trying to connect to is still shared. Also check to make sure all the auto start services are running and check the event log for errors.
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I found it--Norton 360 2.0's firewall finally turned on--I am not sure why it didn't start a couple weeks ago when I installed it. I disabled it and returned to Windows Firewall (which I have configured in detail).

Thank you.
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Glad you go it working. :)
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