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New Windows 7 Ultimate laptop can't see other computers on "Workgroup"

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Gurus,

I have a brand new Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit laptop that I'm putting into production.  I have it connected to my home network (called WORKGROUP).  I can't access the other computers shares or printers.  

I can connect to the Internet.  I've also shared some folders on the new laptop and can copy files to the new laptop from other machines on the network.  I've also tried accessing via Run, \\Computer from the new laptop and that didn't work.

Network Discovery is on but I haven't messed with any other settings.

Any help greatly appreciated!  Thanks in advance


Steve
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Go to Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Advanced Sharing options. Make sure you are set for Home/Work and NOT Public. Then look at the options in there and make sure File and Print sharing is ON, and down at the bottom, Homegroup is off (so that userids and passwords are required). Generally look through this list of options and make sure you are not constrained.

In Folder Options, judge whether you want to use the sharing wizard. I map drives and do not use the sharing wizard, but you can try it both ways.

Check your firewalls (all machines) to make sure firewalls are not stopping you. You can turn firewalls off temporarily to test.

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Thanks for replying.  I fell victim to the old "make sure to reboot every machine on a windows network when making changes" problem.

Later when I revisited it everything was working.

Awarding the points for your attempt.

Thanks

Steve
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Thank you. I was pleased to provide working information and glad you got it working. ... Thinkpads_User
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