cannot access win xp system in workgroup

Posted on 2009-12-26
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
hi, ive got 2 win xp pro sp3 systems running.both on a sonicwall tz170.

from the machine 2 i cannot access folders on machine 1, i get the message '\\machine-1 is not accessible.  you might not have permissions to access this resource, etc...'

they are both in 'workgroup', both on same 192.168.168.x network with i can ping each other via machine name an ip address and get replies.

but in win explorer i cannot access the systems

both systems are running trend micro internet security but ive disabled the anti-virus and the trend micro on the network adapter  [that enabled me to ping each other]
ive got the windows firewall turned off on both

cant seem to figure this out, i know its gotta be something simple, was gonna try safe mode with networking next.

Question by:MarcHelfand
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    Expert Comment

    are you using FAT32 or NTFS?
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    Accepted Solution

    Couple of things that you can check
    1 - Is the Windows Firewall enabled. If yes, set file and printer sharing to enable
    2 - Have you enabled sharing and set the permissions of the folder you want to share on PC1 and PC2
    see article

    Good Luck and post your updated comments.
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    Assisted Solution

    Please have a look at this article:

    Cannot see other computers on network in My Network Places

    Expert Comment

    You need to enable any directory to share files between both machines, this can be done only on one or on both pcs, thus you need to run "new net wizard" and put equal data on both machines. Thus restart and you will have both connected.

    Some firewalls will ask you at this moment for incoming acces rights, answer yes, other firewalls need to be setted by hand.

    Best regards
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    Expert Comment

    Key word is 'simple'. Turn off Simple File Sharing -
    To turn Simple File Sharing on or off in Windows XP Professional, follow these steps:

       1. Double-click My Computer on the desktop.
       2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
       3. Click the View tab, and then select the Use Simple File Sharing - Clear this check box to turn off this feature.
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    Hi MarcHelfand,

    I agree all said related with Firewall and File/Printer share. Those items should be configured. The other item that should configured is Local user account. As you work under workgroup there will be no trust between both machines.So when ever you try to reach the remote machine, you'll be asked to login to remote system. In order to over come this problem, you should create the same user account on both machines with same password. Don't forget to configure the user with admin rights. also setting password is a prerequisite.


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    hi, thanks this got me in the right direction.

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