Sharing folders with Win 7 & Vista

EdwardWatts
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This is really annoying me, I am trying to set up a small network of 3 win 7 laptops and 1 vista machine, and can't see the vista machine in the map.

I have done this in the past and successfully set up a workgroup between win 7 and win xp machines.

All laptops can access the internet no problem. I am running a wifi broad band with a printer hard wired to the vista laptop. I started the project as I want to be able to print from all machines.

All three win 7 laptops can see each other no problem, but I can't see  the vista machine. I have tried all the normal things, like checking the network name etc, making sure network discovery is switched on, and public workgroup is selected.

It is strange that it is  so hard to share between vista & win 7 (when they are supposed to be so similar) and yet win xp and win 7 share share easily.
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Give Guest account full control permission for the shared folder.
create same account and password on two computers and enable Password Protected Sharing in both workstations.

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1. Please expand re guest account

2. tried with password protection on & off no difference
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
In Vista Goto Control Panel\Network and Sharing Center

Is is private network fot Active network?
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Can you ping from win 7 to the ip address of vista?
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
Besides, do you see the win 7 machines in the network map of vista?

If still no go and ping is successful, try the following:-

1. Set a static ip address (say 192.168.0.X) for vista

2. Map the share folder of vista by entering \\192.168.0.X\shared_folder in win 7 and you will be asked for the credential to connect to the shared folder of vista.

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I apologise for being so long to get back to you. Unfortunately none of the suggestions helped sort the problem.

I have found the answer purely by chance.  I tried turning off the antivirus on the vista machine, and i could then see the win 7 and vista machines in a network map and all communicated with each other.  

I then shut down all machines, and restarted them thinking that I would have to turn the antivirus off again, however strangely the network map shows all machines vista & win 7 and they share with each other with the antivirus on!

Problem solved

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I have awarded points as the experts did try to help, And the solution was strange.

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