Problem In File Sharing Between Windows Vista and Windows XP

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on October 28, 2008



I recently bought an HP laptop running Windows Vista, and I have a desktop which runs Windows XP. I connected the two through a wireless/wired router so that both come over same LAN and use the same Internet connection. I was able to access internet on both, but still I was not able to access or share files across the two computers. In this post I will share with you the fix for the same problem.


Lets see the detail steps below.


Set Same Workgroup On Windows Vista and Windows XP



This is first and foremost requirement that the two computers have same workgroup id. To check and change, on windows XP, right click on my computer, click properties, and see the workgroup id under computer name section as seen below. You can also change it if needed. The point is that the workgroup id of the two computers should be made same.




To change workgroup id in windows vista, right click on my computer, click on properties, and change it through the settings as shown in screen below:




After you are done with this step, you can now move forward to next step.


Network Settings In Windows XP


For this, right click on my computer, click properties, click on computer-name tab, and set the network setup as explained in images below:












After this, restart your computer.

Enable File Sharing in Windows XP


For this step, see this link, where we have already explained the steps.


Enable File Sharing in Windows Vista


Go to Control Panel, open Network and sharing center and turn on the settings as seen below:


After this all you need to do is to share the folders of drives and access them from Windows XP in My Network Places and In Vista, in Network. If you face any error which says, access denied, see this link.

The Result


A picture is worth a thousand words, so, have a look :



Although you may face some little problems in between at various steps, as I did, but these are the basic steps which are a must needed. Do leave your comments and suggestions below.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark October 31, 2008 at 6:43 am

Very nice write up, will refer to this next time I have issues

Joe November 7, 2008 at 11:57 pm

that was good…well i never faced any such…

michael November 7, 2009 at 6:43 am

It can be file sharing and printer sharing windows vista starter and windows xp

dileep December 31, 2009 at 12:34 am

recentty i bought a laptop with windows vista i also have a desktop with windows xp. once a tried to conect the two system with switch but couldn’t acess the system. the pinging is ok the computers.
i am waiting for ur precious reply

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