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Troubleshooting Mixed OS

XP can see win98 but win98 can't see XP
Win9x can't see one of the shared folders
Win9x can't see Win2000/XP
W2k can access win98 but w98 can't access w2k

XP can see win98 but win98 can't see XP

Symptom: you have 3 computers on a LAN. Two are running Windows XP, and the other is running Windows 98 SE. The problem is that the Windows 98 computer is not seeing any of the computers on the network, though the other computers can see it and it's files on the network. You have enabled sharing and you can ping each other by name.

Resolution: 1. If you setup auto-logon on xp, disable and logon regularly. 2. If you select Family Logon on Primary Network Logon, switch to Client for MS Network. 3. Make sure no firewall running on xp.

Win9x can't see one of the shared folders

Symptom: your peer network with one Win 98SE and some Win 2000 Pro systems on the LAN operates fines except the W98SE machine sees one of W2kPro machines but not one of it's shared folders. Other W2kPro machines can sees the folder. You have set necessary permissions, users, passwords.

Resolution: make sure the  folder's name  is shorter then 12 characters.

Win9x can't see Win2000/XP

By default, Win2000/XP disables NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) for selected clients. In a peer-to-peer network without WINS, Win9x  will be unable to browse, locate, or create file and print share connections to a Windows 2000 computer with NetBIOS disabled. So, you must setup the Win2000/XP to uses NetBIOS over TCP/IP to communicate with prior versions of Windows NT and other clients, such as Microsoft Windows 95. Alternatively, you may want to add NetBEUI on all workstations in the peer-to-peer network.

Win2k can access win98 but Win9x can't access win2000

I am trying to setup a network at home, I got two machines at home on one windows 98 and on the other hand is Windows
2000 professional, i can see each machine on both, but i  can get into the windows 98 from windows 2000 pro but i can't get into the windows 2000 pro from win 98.  its says "its not accessible"  with the red cross on the message.

A: Since your computers can see each other and win2000 can access win98, I am assuming that you have setup the same workgroup and protocol on the both machines. The problem is permission. You may have three options: 1) use the same logon id on the both machines, 2) create a id for win9x on win 2000, 3) enable guest account in win 2000 (it is risky).


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