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I have a win xp Home computer that needs to be able to access a share on windows vista on a wired network. it almost never works. accessing the vista machine share via newer computers is never a problem even though sometimes they're using exactly the same network hardware.

what happens is that it simply says it's not accessible. I don't even get the login/pswd.

the problem

i've tried rebooting both machines.

i tried accessing it by name (D2670) and by IP.

ping works:

C:\Documents and Settings\Mike>ping

Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=724ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time=8ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time=8ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 3, Received = 3, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 8ms, Maximum = 724ms, Average = 246ms

tracert confirms it's on our network:

C:\Documents and Settings\Mike>tracert

Tracing route to AMontpellier-654-1-97-10.w90-0.abo.wanadoo.fr []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  AMontpellier-654-1-97-10.w90-0.abo.wanadoo.fr [9]

Trace complete.

I do realize that is a routeable address (i thought it was non-routeable when I chose it).

it's just a simple peer-to-peer network with a single router connecting xp home to vista home premium. no special security or strange network setup.

this xp machine is usually used wirelessly but when i desperately try to make this work, i tend to turn off wireless and connect the wire.

oh yeah, on the vista computer the (windews) firewall is turned off. it didn't help to turn it off...

for other reasons, the xp computer was recently reloaded but the problem continues.

thank you for your help--this is driving me crazy!

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closed as off topic by Dave M, Dan, joeqwerty, Iain Sep 30 '12 at 17:20

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Your question is off topic for Serverfault as it relates to home equipment. It may be on topic for Superuser but please search their site for similar questions that may already have the answer you're looking for. –  Iain Sep 30 '12 at 17:21