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How to see my other computer using a router?


OSNN Senior Addict
hi. i have a desktop xp pro and a notebook wireless with xp home. i have a linksys befw11s. the 2 computers can do internet. i am trying to connect each computer so that i could access the other computer files. thanks.


My mom thinks I'm cool
make sure both computers are in the same workgroup (mine is called the default: WORKGROUP), then just right-click on the folders you want to share and go to "sharing and security" set them to be shared.
Open my network places and click your way to WORKGROUP. From here you should be able to see the other computer and if you click on it you should be able to get the files you want.
And that is windows file sharing in a nutshell.

(P.S. if this takes you more than about an hour, you are doing something wrong.)
run the "network connection wizard" on both machines, if you follow ohzopant's instructions and you still can't get them networked.


OSNN Senior Addict
i had tried the 1st instruction and set both pc to "workgroup". i was able to see until > microsoft windows network+workgroup< but after clicking on the workgroup an err comes out and it says " workgroup is not accessible...." both pc folders are already shared. if i run the "network connection wizard", is my pc direct to the internet, thru another computer or others... ty.


Glaanies script monkey
Political User
Don't run the Networking Wizard.

XP Home basically sucks to network with, so you have to make sure Simple File Sharing is enabled in XP Pro. Share something, thats it. If you have any firewalls enabled, disable them until you have your network working, one less thing to troubleshoot, after the network is working, reenable the firewalls and allow for LAN traffic.


OSNN Senior Addict
ur right. i had just tried the network wizard and the cd version too but both got an error. i will disable the firewall for both pc then then share again the files. the wireless notebook has xp home and desktop is xp pro- will they work ok?


OSNN Senior Addict
i tried all option from the network setup wizard but still the problem is " MSHOME is inaccessible.... ". i also found out that my notebook xp home has no "simple file sharing option" not like the xp pro found at tools/folder options/views(bottom click). will this affect the setup? need help...


Glaanies script monkey
Political User
Right, XP Home only has the option to use Simple File Sharing, that is why it sucks to network with, you have no control over permissions everything is done via the Guest account.

Just connect the two PC's, the same workgroup is not necessary but it makes it easier. Share something. Thats it. Do not trust the Network Neighborhood, just go to Start > Run and type in the name of the PC you want to connect to, e.g. \\Name_of_PC


OSNN Senior Addict
the 2 computers are connected to a router.
the other pc has a "computer description"=notebook
the "full computer name"=john
how do i type on the command prompt: c:\> ???
do you have dhcp enabled on the router? if not, are the 2 computers in the same subnet?

i think j79zlr meant for you to enter that into the field of the box that pops up when you click on start - run.

you can also right-click on start and enter "\\name of computer\letter of shared drive" into the explorer field at the top. that'll take you to a shared drive on the network. enter that without the quotes of course.

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