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I've setup my 64 bit Windows 7 Professional computer as my file and print server and I would like to connect to the printer attached to it and a shared folder with my Windows XP Laptop.
I have another computer that is 32bit Windows 7 Professional and that connects to it fine, but Windows XP is no go.

Everything is using Workgroup called "WorkGroup". I've played around a lot , but am out of ideas on how to get it to work.

Help!
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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Did you enable File sharing on 7 and set up the same user and password fro XP user?
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by:Robby Swartenbroekx
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The reason is the encryption Windows 7 uses by default. It isn't supported by Windows XP. You can easely change this:

On Windows 7, go to network and sharing center
click on the left on 'Change advanced sharing settings'
Under File sharing connections you see that your windows 7 uses 128-bit encryption. You need to change that to "Enable file sharing for devices that use 40- or 56-bit encryption"
click on save changes in the bottom and it should work.
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by:rajuptb
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If u r using HomeGroup feature is not compatible with Vista or XP.

See the following link for detais

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/
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by:Sam654
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iSiek - Yes and Yes.
LordPan - Already tried lowering the encryption.
rajuptb - Switched off the homegroup already.

I'm stumped.
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by:LeeTutor
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Here is a good tutorial to share files and printers between Windows 7 and Windows XP:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/

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by:jcimarron
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Sam654--Win7 and XP PC's do not always cooperate on a network.
Some people find this app to help
http://www.purenetworks.com/product/essentials-features.php
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garycase earned 2000 total points
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Solve this one step at a time ... first the shared folder; then the printer.

For the folder:   You've already got the two PCs set t the same workgroup, so this is likely a permissions issue on Windows 7.       In the sharing properties for your shared folders, be sure you have "Everyone" set with full permissions.    You should then easily be able to access the folder from an XP system.
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by:Sam654
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LeeTutor - In this tutorial I get to the bit where it says I should see my XP machine listed in the network bit of the Windows 7 machine, but I don't.

I've created a logon for my XP machine on the Windows 7 machine and I use it to Remote Desktop to the Windows 7 machine. It's setup as Administrator. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I did setup Remote Desktop to allow me to logon to the Windows 7 machine with an individual logon, so I can play movies on the windows 7 computer AND remote control in and do something completely different without intrupting the movie for whoever is watching it, if you get my meaning!

jcimarron - Can't get that link to load.

garycase - right, added everyone and gave it read/write access and then went into advance/permissions and checked that 'everyone' have Full Access. Okay, that works, I can see the folder and the printer. Just added my XP user and it works. Thanks.
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