Help, despite being quite experienced I just cannot get files & printer to share on my home network. The problems stared when I rebuilt and upgraded my PC and laptop requiring reloading windows os.
Details are: - Laptop Win XPsp2 & belkin wireless network card. PC Win XPsp2 Prof. hardwired to a Belkin wireless DSL router. (printer connected to PC via usb)
I set up a home network and Internet connection to both PCs without problem. Despite being able to see both PCs in my network places and the laptop can see the printer I cannot access share enabled files. Also the laptop can send a document to print but nothing happens and I have to delete the print file.
I tried disabling all firewalls including the router firewall (switched off cable modem first!). I have enabled printer and file sharing and tried enabling Net Bios over TCP/IP in TCP/IP settings. Also I have tried to setting up a new windows network with a new name all to no avail!
Simple File Sharing - XP Home uses it by default. XP Pro does not. On the XP Pro machine (You don`t have the option on XP Home)In My Computer Tools>Folder Options> on the view Tab underneath Advanced Settings - scroll down to the last entry "use simple file sharing" and make sure it is ticked.