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Cant browse PC in network

Added a new laptop to network.  It has internet.   I can ping existing hosts from new laptop however I cant find existing machines using map command either using \\ipaddress\sharename or \\hostname\sharename or simply \\ipaddress in command line. Its says network provider not found.  Existing machines can map to each other if needed. I change hosts file but still no change on new laptop.

The machines are in a workgroup
Windows XP

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8/22/2022 - Mon

Have you tried disabling the firewall completely?

@echo off
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\DomainProfile /v EnableFirewall /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\PublicProfile /v EnableFirewall /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile /v EnableFirewall /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\DomainProfile /v EnableFirewall /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\StandardProfile /v EnableFirewall /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
netsh firewall set opmode mode=disable profile= ALL
sc stop SharedAccess
sc config SharedAccess start= disabled

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Also, have you verified the workgroup names match?  That the laptop workgroup wasn't misspelled?

Firewall is disabled on PC's. The machines are in another location from where I am located. Have VPN/Firewall device   so I can access all machines remotely using VNC.
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What are you presented with? Shouldn't receive the Provider error without specifying a share.....

I am sorry about error return. It says "the network path was not found"  when using \\hostname. It did not say network provider error

Workgroup names do match.
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One thing I did notice,while logged on as admin, I cant  change the workgroup name. It  is grayed out.

Paste the output of the following command
nbtstat -n > "%userprofile%\desktop\nbtstat.txt"

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I figured it out. When the machine was used here it was connected to network via ethernet. It has since been configured to wireless only at the remote site. The wireless device did not have the Client for Microsoft Networks installed.
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James Murphy

Why your at it... also post the output of the following.  Try a host name and ip address which is reachable from the laptop via ping.  Also, is the laptop wired or wireless?  Is it going through a different switch than the other machines, initially?
nbtstat -a host
nbtstat -A ip

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