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I have a workgroup in a small office.  One desktop is running Win 7 32 Bit, One is running Win 7 64 bit and the laptop is running Win XP.   All three are in the same workgroup.   The two running Win 7 see each other, but the laptop refuses to see the others.  When I go to My Network Places and click on "view all computers in this workgroup., it quickly beeps and will not even try.   I went through the network wizard and put the workgroup in, but it still will not try, it beeps once quickly and that is it.   Any ideas what I can do to make the laptop search and find the other two computers?
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Windows firewall?
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what happens if you try to PING the two Win7 machines from the XP machine, and then view the ARP cache (after ping open Command Prompt and type arp -a)? does the other two machines' IP addresses show up?
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pls follow the steps in http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/

in short, you need
1. Enable Network Discovery. Click Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center, click Change advanced sharing settings. Enable the option.

2. START>Right Click on COMPUTER and select Properties.
Click on ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS on the left.
Click on the COMPUTER NAME tab.

My Computer Description was blank. I added a computer description, clicked OK - then refreshed the Network folder and workstations should appeared.
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I will be talking to this customer in a couple days.   I will try goldsix suggestion
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I did as golsix suggested and it seemed to have worked.  Thanks
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