Unable to connect to file shares or view workgroup computers
Posted on 2009-04-30
Okay, I'm kinda stumped. I've got 2 computers, CompA and CompB. CompA is brand new. Both are running Windows XP Pro w/ SP 3.
Both have Windows Firewall turned off.
Both are running Symantec EndPoint Protection (but I did try disabling it).
Both are in the same workgroup.
Both have NetBIOS over TCP - Enabled.
Both computers can ping each other by name and by IP Address.
Both computers have Easy File Sharing - Turned OFF.
The problem: CompB can view file shares on CompA just fine. But CompA cannot view any file shares on CompB at all. In fact:
CompA cannot open: \\CompB
CompA cannot open: \\CompB's IP Address
CompA cannot even open: \\localhost
However, CompA CAN open: \\CompA (and CompB can open \\CompA)
CompA cannot even view network computers. When I try to browse, I get this error:
"Workgroup is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Please contact your system administrator.
The Network Path Is Not Found."
I've been up and down Google and the Microsoft Support site. I've tried different registry hacks. I can't seem to get CompA to view any file shares.
Any idea what's going on?