Why can't Windows 7 see other networked computers?
Posted on 2010-08-17
Once again I am FRUSTRATED beyond belief by Microsoft products. I run a small network with a Windows 2003 server acting as a fileserver only (no domain) and mixed Vista and XP workstations. Recently I added a Windows 7 machine. Now this machine WILL NOT see the Server in its Network window. I have read countless posts, tried countless solutions, it will simply NOT show this machine in the list of networked computers.
The network is working just fine - If you type in \\Server\\Share on the Win7 PC, it obediently brings up the share. I have checked the Workgroup, Network discovery is on, Password protected sharing is off, all the correct settings are implemented in the Advanced Sharing settings - But mo matter what I do, the server will NOT show up when browsing the network. Nor will any of the XP workstations.
I can see the Vista machines, though. So it seems that once again, Microsoft has, in its wisdom, built in some gargantuan COCK-UP designed to frustrate and irritate its clients beyond belief. No wonder Apple is taking over the PC market.
Is it asking TOO MUCH of a Windows 7 machine that it shows the computers on its network? If anybody can provide a SIMPLE solution that doesn't involve reconfiguring the entire operating system, I would be most grateful.