Does Microsoft Allow for Computers to Network and Share in Windows 7?

Posted on 2009-12-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Im confused and really would like to ask the top people at Microsoft if they intended for Windows 7 to be a networkable product or if they just wanted the operating system to stand alone like the pre-internet era.  I mean, I'd understand if Microsoft no longer wanted to participate in networking computers and giving their users access to the internet... but jeeze, they should at least print that across their marketing material.
In the old days when Microsoft did intend for their computers to see one another I could "right mouse click" the Network Neighborhood and chose "search for computers".  I suppose this formula proved to be too easy for their customers so the programmers instantly went to work with making a more complicated system.  They were quite successful.  So does anyone how Windows 7 users are supposed to find other computers when they dont automatically show up in the "network" panel?  Better yet, why does Windows 7 even have "network" options?

Every comptuer in the lan can see one another and share files with one another... except the Windows 7 pc which can't see just this one comptuer... doof  

I also clicked on "Start - Network" and did a so-called search there but it instantly says nothing can be found. This also happens when I'm in Windows Explorer and search for a file that I'm staring right in the face.
Question by:dnscompanies
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    Thanks MagicFarmer that's a decent article but I don't have an issue with Windows 7 seeing all windows xp machines... just this one. It's a simple network and all compteurs can see each other back and forth up and down but for some reason it won't show up in this one Win7 nework section.  It will in other Win7 comptuers on the lan.  
    I can ping it...  but that's it.
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    Are you running in a domain or a workgroup environment? If it a domain, is it possibly a rights issue? Also, can you map the drive to the machine via IP?

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    It's sooo stupid and frustrating... my god!  Has Microsoft freaken lost thier minds or what?  My iPhone has 1000 times more logic built into it than the whole Microsoft campus combined multiplied by 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.  And I'm no Mac fan!
    I can't map a drive. I get error: 0x80070043
    I even tried to do a Google search for "simple dimple dilly dally network connection in Win7"   :)  :)  :)
    ((becomming exhausted))

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    It seems as though everything started to work after I did a simple reboot.  Jeesh.  Who knows what kind of bug caused that.  Good news is that Microsoft will fix the problem in Windows 8... when they break something else.

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