I have created an account to share files on a Windows 7 computer (C:\Users\share), and have mounted this directory as drive N:\ on other Windows XP computers (3), and the 7 computer (for convenience).

For simplicity, I will call:

  • the Windows 7 computer (a Samsung Sens R410) "7",
  • the 1st Windows XP (Samsung Sens N145 Plus) "XP1",
  • the 2nd Windows XP (Fujitsu C1320) "XP2",
  • and the 3rd (Dell Vostro 1310) "XP3".

XP1, 2, and 3 can see 7 and each other, and therefore can use N:\ without problems, and can access each others' files.

The problem comes when 7 tries to access XP 1, 2, or 3.

In Network, when 7 clicks on XP1, 2, or 3, it cannot access it.

My primary goal was to make the connection available XP -> 7 and vice versa, because XP1 has all printers connected to it, and theoretically, print remotely.

Is there any fix?

Note 1: I am not sure if I have turned on printer sharing on XP1.

Note 2: The printers are:

  • HP Photosmart C4280 All-in-one,
  • and a Brother HL2130.

I am DEFINITELY sure that I have the HP printer installation disk, and not sure if I have the Brother printer disk.

Note 3: All computers are on the same workgroup, but the name is not in English (just wrote this if this could have an effect.)

  • File and printer sharing must be enabled on all pc's. – Moab Aug 29 '15 at 17:59
  • Only XP1 has a printer, the others don't. And on the XPs, they can access the files on each other, meaning that it is probably enabled. On 7, I have enabled it. – Yubin Lee Aug 29 '15 at 18:01

To fix this, I went to Control Panel -> Windows firewall. Then UNCHECK "Do not allow exceptions" or something of the like (my xp is not in english). Then it will work just fine.

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