I've got a home network set up with a couple of Windows XP computers. I'm now trying to add our new netbook to it - also running XP. (The goal is to share files and a printer.)
I have run the Network Setup Wizard several times, always making sure that the workgroup name is the same as the others, and have rebooted several times, but whenever I try to 'view workgroup computers,' the netbook only sees itself in the group.
I have a Windows XP CD, but the netbook has no drive (and it's Home Edition, while the netbook has Pro). The wizard has some options for floppy disks, but that's useless to me these days.
What is this wizard actually trying to do, and can I do it manually? Is it some kind of IP address configuration? Do they need to share an encryption key? Where else can I check besides the useless wizard?
Surely it can't be this hard.
- I can ping any of the three computers from any of the others using their IP addresses. (If anyone found this question through a web search, you can find a computer's IP address from the command prompt by typing
ipconfig. From another computer's command prompt, you can type
ping 10.0.0.6(or whatever the IP address was), which for computers means "say hi and see if it says hi back.")
- The netbook can ping the other two using their names, but pinging the netbook's name produces "Ping request could not find host (computer name). Please check the name and try again." (The names I'm using are what shows in parentheses for each computer under the "view workgroup computers" section in Windows.)
- I don't know what the "SHARENAME" part of your question means, so I haven't tried that.
All this testing is after I tried these additional steps:
- Noticed that while the netbook doesn't see any other computers in its workgroup, my office computer sees the netbook listed in its workgroup.
- Tried clicking on the netbook from my office computer's workgroup menu. Got a message that said "(computer name) is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The network path was not found."
- Did some Googling on that and found this article. Ran the "Microsoft Fix It" tool on all three computers and reset all of them.
Still no luck.