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Workgroup Filesharing Stopped Working with XP and Windows 7 Systems

Hello all,

I have a strange problem and I'm not sure what is going on.  I have a home network with a workgroup set up.  I have an XP Pro SP3 system that has most of my stuff on it.  I have a Windows 7 Pro system that is on the same workgroup.  It has a couple of drives mapped from the XP system.  

In the past I was able to open up these drives on the Windows 7 system and see the files on the XP system.  All of a sudden it has stopped working and I don't know why.  When I click on the mapped drives it says "An error occurred while reconnecting M: to \\xpcomputer\Docs  Microsoft Windows Network: The local device name is already in use.  This connection has not been restored."

When I close that window there is another window behind it that says:  "An error occurred while  reconnecting M: to \\xpcomputer\Docs  Microsoft Windows Network:  The network path was not found.  This connection has not been restored."

The IP addresses are correct.  I have rebooted both in different order but that doesn't help.  I'm not sure why it is acting this way or why it as quit working.

Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

John
NetworkingWindows 7Windows XP

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stargazerm31

8/22/2022 - Mon
Dave Baldwin

Sounds to me like it got confused.  I would un-map all the drives, reboot, and then see if I can connect to them without mapping first.  If it works, then you can try mapping them again.
Haslerct

1. Disconnect all map drive by typing below are CMD:
"net use * /del"

2. Then remap the drive again.
stargazerm31

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I didn't think it would work but I did unmap them.  The issue is that when I go back to re-map them and go into the Network, I do not see the XP computer on the Windows 7 system thus I can't map them.  I figured that was the case based on the second error message I was getting.

Any idea why it is not showing up?

Thanks John
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Don Thomson

Sounds like your Firewall has changed (typical with Microsoft updates)

Make sure on both machines that the File and Print sharing is in the exceptions
Also Check your Viruscan software and disable the firewall if it has one - if you are behind a router - you don't need a software firewall. Anyone who gets to the intranet side of a router with no ports open has broken in to your home and is sitting in front of one of your machines.

On the Windows 7 Pro machine turn off password protected sharing (unless all the machines are using EXACTLY the same user code and password).

Can you ping the other PC's ip and their names.
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