Can no longer access Windows 10 computers from Windows XP computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP Networking' started by MisterEd, Mar 8, 2022.

  1. MisterEd


    Mar 8, 2022
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    Yesterday I had to reinstall Windows XP Pro on an old computer. I had networking all set up with each computer able to access the shares on the other computers. Unfortunately, today when I powered up my Windows XP computer I could not display and access the three computers like I did the day before. I could still access the Windows XP computer from the two Windows 10 computers.

    I am testing my network with the following computers.

    Network Computers.jpg

    • Yesterday I installed SMB 1.0 on the two Windows 10 computers
    • I can access the Internet fine with Palomino (Win XP)
    • I can access Palomino (Win XP) fine from the two Windows 10 computer

    Here is what I see today…

    Accessing Palomino from DarkMatter


    Shared assets on Palomino


    My Computer on Palomino


    Selecting My Computer Places


    Note I can see the shared folders on EventHorizon (Win 10 laptop).


    If I try to select View workgroup computers...


    I get an error.

    Note, I could see all three workgroup computers yesterday by selecting this.

    I tried several suggested fixes I found online but nothing I tried made any difference. Any suggestions on how to fix this.
    MisterEd, Mar 8, 2022
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  2. MisterEd


    Nov 17, 2021
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    I have been trying to do this for years and I have tried every possible fix, registry tweak and setting adjustment posted on the internet. I have come to the conclusion that it is not possible. You can not fix this. Windows XP computers can not browse Windows file shares from other computers on the network that are running windows 7, 8, 8.1, or Windows 10. On my Windows XP computer I run a FTP Server on my modern computer running windows 10 and also on my file server running windows 7. I connect and browse them via an old FTP client in the Windows XP system. This works "good enough" for my needs. It's a bit cumbersome and not as smooth as doing it natively in windows but it works.
    Kithylin, Mar 9, 2022
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  3. MisterEd


    Mar 8, 2022
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    Well I did something dumb. Palomino only had 500MB of RAM so I tried to upgrade that to 1000 MB (2x500MB). My computer screen went black when I tried to boot. I had to hit the power button to shut down the computer. Unfortunately, when I put the 500MB RAM back in the computer hung when it tried to boot. Apparently, in powering off the computer I corrupted the Windows boot on the drive. I should have tried to repair the boot but I reinstalled Windows XP. This time I was determined to get networking working correctly. I found the following thread that may have given me the information to fix this. I tried the "TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2/SP3". After I booted I could see the network computers again. This time I had four computers running.

    Wireless card not finding networks

    These are the four computer that are powered up right now


    As you can see I can see them from my Windows XP computer. I can also browse the shared files on my Windows 7 and Windows 10 computers from my Windows XP computer.

    MisterEd, Mar 9, 2022
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