I have just bought a laptop. Both it and my desktop have ethernet cards and I have connected them with the correct lead. Both are using WinXP. I have followed the networking wizards to the letter several times now, but although the icons of the other computer have appeared in the windows of one another, when I click to open them I get an error message saying that the network path is not established. Can anyone help?
Don't forget in addition to the advice above each PC must have a different name bu same work group name like MS Home. Also make sure you have set the drives and folders to Share it will have a hand underneath the folder or drive that depicts share. Having just the drive to share is not enough you also need to share the folders. This has to be done on both PC's.
Did you disable your firewall then re-boot and prevent your firewall running at start-up before you ran the setup. You need your network to be trusted in your firewall to share files printing etc. In my experience 90% of all network problems are caused by firewalls running during initial setup.