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XP Notebook doesn't see 8.1 tablet

  1. #1

    XP Notebook doesn't see 8.1 tablet

    My Dell Venue Pro 8 tablet (Windows 8.1) shows my XP Notebook under Network, and I can pass files back and forth to a shared folder on the XP Notebook.

    But just to have another option, I'd like to see a shared file that resides on the 8.1 tablet, on the XP Notebook. I can't get it to work, the tablet doesn't appear under Network Places, and the Add Network Places Wizard won't let me add the tablet.

    Some how, I managed to do it with my Windows 8.1 Desktop (The Desktop appears under "The Internet" in My Network Places on the Notebook), but I have no idea how I did it.

    Any ideas?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 38
    Win 8 Pro

    Workgroup Settings


    I have a mixed set-up with XP Pro.
    Something to check, I did my set-up nearly 6 months ago

    On XP Notebook,
    - Right click "My Computer"
    - Click "Properties"
    - click "Computer Name" tab
    On the tab you have Workgroup: [name] the default I think is [WORKGROUP]

    On your Win8 machines
    - Right click "My Computer"
    - Click "Properties"

    It brings up a window.
    There is a section, "Computer name, domain and work group settings"
    There is Workgroup [name] again, I think is the default is [WORKGROUP]

    All machines need same workgroup name.
    If they are different.?, set them the same, say HOMENET1
    There is a change button/link next to them

    Just a thought.
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  3. #3

    Thanks Dave,

    The Work Group was correct.

    This is just another of those computer mysteries that I've encountered since my first computer encounter in college in the mid 60's.

    I struggled with this for hours yesterday, but I thought I'd give it another shot this morning, using the Add Network Place, and you guessed it, it worked the first time!
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    Last edited by JeffL; 13 Jan 2014 at 14:08.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 38
    Win 8 Pro

    Glad you sorted it... Dave
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