The wireless network is up and running, and both computers can "see" the other one. I can also view from the Vista the files on my XP. However, the opposite does not work. Although the notebook shows up on My Network Places, when I double click on it I get a "permission denied" message. This is despite the fact that I have declared the folders on my notebook to be readable by Everyone. The only folders that I can open are the Shared ones.
Thanks for the useful link Joebloggs1. According to this article, I should be able to share my User folder. However, right clicking on it does not provide a Properties or Sharing option. So the best I can do is share some of the folders in it such as Documents. However, when I go into My Network Places on my XP pc, what I see is "Users on laptop (Laptop)" which contains the Public folder, and "nick on laptop (Laptop)", where nick is the name of my user folder. Clicking on it yields the message "\\latpop\nick is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource etc". :-)
I think that I have resolved my problem of not being able to access an XP shared folder from a Vista PC. On the Shared folder's Properties ==> Security Tab, the user EVERYONE was excluded from "Group or user name" list. If EVERYONE does not appear on your list, do the following:
Goto the folder you wish to share; Right click ==> Properties ==> Security ==> Add ==> Advanced ==> Find Now ==> Select EVERYONE from the list, and click OK to close all windows.
Yes that is what you would do in your XP. But in Vista the add feature is not there. In any case I have now reached the point that from the XP I can see just about any folder I choose, except the folder that contains my document, videos, pictures etc. I am still denied access to it :-)
I finally managed to get it to work :-) Right click on the folder that contains your documents, videos etc. Select SHARE. If it is not already shared click on Share and follow instructions. Click on Advanced Sharing then Permissions then Add and type Everyone. Apply. OK.OK. Select SECURITY.Click on Editthen ADD and enter Everyone in the window that opens. OK. Apply. OK.Apply. Close. You should now be able to see this folder and its contents from your XP.
Hope that helps. I hate to say how many hours were wasted on getting this far and the MS User group was not much help.
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