Mapping Windows 7 home to xp pro

I've seen several questions here about this subject, but didn't see a direct answer.
I just brought up a windows 7 premium home system on a small 9 computer network consisting of Vista, XP Pro, and 2 System 7s.  When I go to "My Computer/Map Network Drive" on the new system 7 and browse, I see the Vista and other windows 7 systems, but not the XP pros.  There are some shared folders on the XP systems I need access to.  The systems are not part of a domain, but they all have the network name of 'FIS'.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Make sure on both machines that File and Print Sharing is enabled, that Simple File Sharing (Sharing Wizard) is turned off, that firewalls on both machines all the other machine. Make sure password authentication is ON on both machines.

Then, trying the command in the above post, what answer do you get?

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Try the following straight in explorer:

Can you see the files then? It may ask for logon credentials depending on how you have it setup.

Or if you want to map the drives you need to go onto the XP Pro machine, and share the appropriate folders:
1. Right-click the drive you want to share and click properties.
2.On the Sharing tab, click Share this folder on the network.
3.Set any other options that you want, and then click OK.
Here is a good tutorial to share files and printers between Windows 7 and Windows XP:

And this article includes Windows Vista in the mix:
How to Network Windows 7, Vista, and XP Computers
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JoeToddAuthor Commented:
These responses and articles all provided some help.  I am now able to map drives from windows 7 to XP Pro by keying \\Computername\file_path in the "browse" textbox on the mapping screen.

However, I still don't see the XP machines when I click "network" on the "My Computer" app on the windows 7 system.  The other windows 7 and Vista machines show up as expected.

Any more suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

Joe Todd
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>> I still don't see the XP machines when I click "network"

That is because clicking on Network is for browsing and browsing is an unreliable way to map a drive.

So go to Windows Explorer, Tools, Map Network drive and enter either:

1. \\Computername\file_path   (for that folder)  or
2. \\Computername\C$  (for the whole machine).   You need to be able to authenticate for this one.

Presumably this will be successful (you said so above).

Now in Windows Explorer, click the + sign beside Computer (not Network). You will see your other machine folders at the bottom.  Does this?  Please post results.

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JoeToddAuthor Commented:
Yes, I'll accept this as a solution and post my second problem as a new question.  Thanks everyone for the  help,

Joe Todd
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks. I was happy to help. I map by script (NET USE Z: \\comptername\folder) and when I do that, the mapped computers show up as well under Network. So two places: Under Computer and under Network).  Good luck.
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