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View other networked computers on the same router
« on: October 01, 2010, 08:35:26 PM »
Dear Forum,

How can I view other computers which are connected on the same router?

- My computer (Thinkpad T43) is connected via a D-Link DI-604 Ethernet broadband router to three other computers.

- My computer is running Windows XP Pro SP3

- None of the other computers show under my 'Network connections'

- One of the other computers is running Windows 7 and can see all of the computers

Thanks in advance!

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2010, 09:00:03 PM »
I don't use a network as such, but I would have thought there would be restrictions as to where you are allowed to rummage around. Do you not have any shared locations as that I would have thought would be the only areas you could access.

Wouldn't you also have to have file and printer sharing setup on the systems, etc.
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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2010, 09:08:21 PM »
I am not 100 % sure but you can use admin$ shares if those other PC users are not Geeks

Just google it but I am not sure

I tried it in an internet cafe and it worked

I could see his shared documents and even reach C:/Windows

I have disabled admin$ share in all my PCs because it is a security threat

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2010, 11:18:43 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

My computer has file and printer sharing disabled. However, the other networked computer running Windows 7 can still see my computer as connected.

Therefore, why am I unable to see the other computer?

Will look into Admin Shares.

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2010, 11:50:05 PM »
I think they will be able to see other computers on the network but not share any data without file and printer sharing enabled. You may also nee to set-up shared areas in your router, I have to in mine if I want to have a shared resource.
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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2010, 12:06:43 AM »
That was my logical conclusion, too.

However, no matter how much I muck around with the network settings in XP, I am still unable to see the other computers plugged into the router.

Even if I enable file and printer sharing on all PCs, it is only the PC with Windows 7 which can see the others.

Would be interested to hear if anybody can provide a solution! :-)

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2010, 12:15:46 AM »
affect a similar workgroup name on each computer (computer properties >>> advance settings)

 You must default to the "XP way" on Seven, so on seven: disable homegroup connections that is not supported in XP and enable "use user account and password"

( Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings)

ps: last but not least, Windows takes an "s", not an "$"
« Last Edit: October 02, 2010, 12:28:18 AM by Logos »

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2010, 12:45:56 AM »
Hi Logos,

Thanks for the reply. I am not quite following the information.

- If I go to computer, properties and advanced, I see: Performance, User Profiles and Startup and Recovery. Nothing about workgroups? :S

- How come the other networked computer, running Windows 7, can still see my computer as connected under 'networks', yet I am unable to see the other computer?

Cheers!

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2010, 01:30:58 AM »
Ja! Det är den!

Men har du sådana informationer till XP också? :-)

Tack!

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2010, 01:42:26 AM »
In the second link, Troubleshoot-problems-finding-computers-on-a-home-network the third item down relates to XP "From a computer running Windows XP, I can't see any network computers running Windows Vista (click to expand the information).

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On the computer running Windows XP check the workgroup name and then compare it to the workgroup name on the computers running Windows Vista. If the workgroup names don't match, change the names so that all of the computers on the network have the same workgroup name.
To check or change the workgroup name on a computer running Windows XP
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etc. etc.
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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2010, 06:15:05 AM »
Thanks for the reply. I have read the information.

Strange thing is: no workgroup has been set up on each of the XP computers.

Therefore, I am still unsure why the Windows 7 computer can see the XP computers, yet the XP computers cannot register the Windows 7 PC? :S :S :S

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2010, 08:23:33 AM »
How to create and delete hidden or administrative shares on client computers

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For example, drive letters C and D are shared as C$ and D$.

The system root folder (%SYSTEMROOT%) is shared as ADMIN$.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314984

XP can't see Windows 7 in network places

http://www.sevenforums.com/network-sharing/15943-xp-cant-see-windows-7-network-places.html

Windows XP PCs Can’t See Windows 7 PCs on the Network: Fix

http://windowsfixup.com/2009/05/windows-xp-pcs-cant-see-windows-7-pcs-on-the-network-fix/

Windows XP cannot access Windows 7 shares

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2024164
« Last Edit: October 02, 2010, 08:31:34 AM by Chris Thomas »

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2010, 10:58:07 AM »
@ Chris Thomas: the OP is just not doing two very simple things that I described to get things work. Your post, the last one as the one before are completely off topic.

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Re: View other networked computers on the same router
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2010, 07:48:35 PM »
Whoa! So much information!!

Firstly, thank you for all the replies.

On the XP machine, I realised that I was looking in 'Network Connections' under 'My computer'.

Should I be looking in 'My Network places' instead?

I can see 'Microsoft Windows Network' and 'Workgroup'. Is this the group of computers which are linked via the router?

When I put '\\192.168.1.135' which is the address of one of the computers into the 'run' box, it returns '\\192.168.1.135 - The network path was not found'.

Why am I so rubbish at networks? :-(