Windows XP Home Connectivity Issue

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My client has a small wireless network without a domain and primarily use Windows 2000 on their workstations. Recently, they purchased a couple of Sony laptops with Windows XP Home and I was able to connect these laptops to each other and the Windows 2000 PC. They recently added a Dell Dimension desktop with XP Home in their office. I can ping the Dimension by IP address and by name. I can even see it in My Network Places. When I try and connect to a shared folder, I get a message that reads "DESKTOP is not accessible. The remote procedure call failed". I have disabled Windows Firewall and also deleted McAffee Personal Firewall but have not been able to connect to it. What really is a mystery is that I can connect to other XP Home laptops in the office without any issues. I have tried using a static IP Address, shortened the Computer Name to 5 letters, etc. to no avail. Any assistance will be appreciated.

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Hello. I think you should check that netbios over TCP/IP is active and since you don’t seem to have DNS-server on the net, so that it doesn’t have a faulty DNS configured. You could also check that the “Remote Procedure Call”-service is running accordingly.

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  • VietBob
    I have been having a similar problem when we moved from Win2K to XP Pro. Computers seeing each other but being denied access ("see your System Administrator" is not much help when you're it!), sharing readily available from A to B but denied from B to A... Any good resources on XP networking? I believe we do have Netbios disabled, was under the impression that was only needed with Netware clients, and opened the LAN to "bad people" on the Internet. -Bob
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  • Charlie0
    go into your network conections and ensure that sharing is on - the help menu will guide you thru the process
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