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Old 29. Nov 2014, 11:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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On my XP, once I got to the right place, it ran a "network wizard"

That wizard, once it is finished, will tell you that you must run the wizard on all the rest of the computers; I am not 100% certain, but I think that wizard business only relates to any other XP units that may be in your network.

If you have one computer showing up in the other computer, but not so vice-versa, set up something to share in the computer that isn't showing the connection, then go to the other computer and access that shared folder/file; I had to do that before one of ours showed the other in "my network".

Windows 7 are easy-simple to set up, whereas XPs can be somewhat contrary.
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Old 29. Nov 2014, 11:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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although I set up the connection in WIN 7, I am not sure Whether I did it right for this purpose. I deleted that connection and want to set up a new one.


One attachment shows the option I am going to select for setting up, and the other shows Security key and other information.This security key that I have to enter, should it be the same as the Key of my internet wireless modem (both computers connect via this common modem). This key (WEP 2), cosist of seven characters such as '325E7664')

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Old 29. Nov 2014, 11:28 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Melita, by "available networks" I think you are referring to wireless networks that XP is picking up. That's not where you connect to a Homegroup/Workgroup. I don't use this feature myself but it's not hard to understand how it works. I searched and found a Microsoft document on how to share between Windows 7 and XP. Just go to this site and click on the red box labeled 'Download'. You will be given a choice to download a document in xps, doc or docx format. If you don't have a program that can open doc or docx files then choose the xps format (which is Microsoft's equivalent to pdf). Your Windows 7 system comes with an xps Viewer. Just double-click the xps file to open it.

The document may look long and daunting but don't let that worry you. Just stick to the parts that pertain to Windows 7 and XP and read and follow them carefully.

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I see that you are referring to the "Key", modem and WEP, etc. Once again, it's not the same as connecting to your wireless network. Just follow the Microsoft document and you'll be fine.
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Old 30. Nov 2014, 12:00 AM   #14 (permalink)
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All right Joe, I did exactly what is said in this MS document. See the attachments. In XP I am not allowed to see 'work group'.

This computer is open to all and there is no administrator.
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Old 30. Nov 2014, 12:46 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I didn't mess with any security key; I think that is for when you are setting up a network between computers that are not necessarily in the same home.

In a home work-group, all units share a common router and modem.

Our wireless router has four Ethernet ports for wired computers, plus taking care of all the wireless stuff.
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Melita, as I said, I don't really use this feature. You should read the document from the start. Homegroup was introduced as a new feature in Windows 7. From what I read, Vista and XP doesn't really support the Homegroup feature. However, there's a workaround. It involves creating a new user account on your Windows 7 machine and sharing it with your XP computer. Please read and follow the steps carefully.
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Thanks, both of you. I'll have another go later.

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Old 30. Nov 2014, 03:38 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Both Windows 7 and XP, at least on my machines, support home-group with no need for a work-around.
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Old 30. Nov 2014, 03:47 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I do not know if it is okay to post links to you-tube and other sites; so, just go to you-tube and type:

"File & Device Sharing Between Windows XP & Windows 7"
by: TechsOnSite

Once that comes up, there will be countless video tutorials to choose from; one in particular is by a girl, something Franklin, and it was particularly helpful to me.
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Old 30. Nov 2014, 10:38 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I have sorted this out. It was a network adapter setting problem.

I can access WIN 7 from XP but only very limited access. Only 'Public' and 'Default' files. Hardly anything there. I really want to access the whole computer. I hope some one could at least direct me to a tutorial somewhere.

Also, I cannot access XP from WIN 7, although XP appears in 'Network' in WIN 7. I need to do this too.

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