I need some help with file & printer sharing with Windows Vista.
Home Network called is named WORKGROUP
Router: Belkin N150 Wireless Router
3 PCs: Win Vista Home Premium Desktop 64bit - connected to the router via a patch cable. Win 7 Home Premium Laptop 64bit - wireless connection to router. Win 8.1 Laptop 64bit - wireless connection to router.
All the PCs are configured for DCHP
Problem: The Windows Vista laptop can not be PINGed from the Win 8 or Win 7 PCs Error Message varies between “Ping request could not find HOSTNAME” or “Ping request timed out” (For completeness, The Win 8 & Win 7 PCs can PING each other without a problem)
Yet the Win 8 & Win 7 PCs can be PINGed from the Vista Machine. I can surf the Web on the Vista machine & Also can login & Play World of Warcraft This wouldn't be a problem except that I need to share files & the printer that is attached to the Vista Desktop.
Troubleshooting steps taken:
On the Router: Disabled Router's built in Firewall
On Vista PC:
Set the network type to private
Reset WINSOCK Reset TCP/IP Stack
created a firewall rule to allow the PC to respond to ICMPv4 inbound PING requests (when this didn't work, I turned off the firewall completely, see next step)
Disabled Windows Firewall Uninstalled Anti-Virus/spyware Apps Made sure network type was set to Private Enabled Network Discovery, File sharing, Public Folder sharing, Printer Sharing, Media Sharing.
Went into network adapter settings: Client for Microsoft Networks – Installed & enabled QoS packet scheduler – Installed & enabled File & Printer sharing for Microsoft Networks – Installed & enabled TCP/IPv4 – Installed & enabled Link Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O driver – Installed & enabled Link Layer Topology Discovery Responder – Installed & enabled (I left TCP/IPv6 unchecked, as this is a home network so no need for IP6)
NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled.
None of this works. What am I missing? I just can't figure this out. Something is preventing the Vista machine from being seen on the network. Thanks in advance for your assistance.