I have three computers:
- Windows XP Desktop
- Windows 7 Desktop
- Windows XP Laptop
And have set up a LAN between them. Sharing files works fine, except the Windows XP Laptop cannot access the Windows 7 Desktop; It asks for login credientals. So:
- Windows XP Desktop can access both Windows 7 Desktop and Windows XP Laptop
- Windows 7 Desktop can access both Windows XP Desktop and Windows XP Laptop
- Windows XP Laptop can access Windows XP Desktop but not Windows 7 Desktop
As far as I can tell all systems have identical and correct network settings. I don't understand why the Win7 machine can access the laptop but not the other way around. Or why the desktop can but the laptop cannot.
One difference between the XP laptop and desktop is that the desktop is XP Professional where the laptop is Home, I believe. Could it simply lack Pro's "anonymous" network access capability? Or is there something I'm missing? Am I forced to create a login on the Win7 to grant access to the laptop?