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Cannot access existing XP workgroup

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    Cannot access existing XP workgroup


    DIRTY WORDS!

    Newbie here. I just purchased a Lenovo laptop / Win 8.

    I changed the Workgroup name to match my existing XP workgroup. Win 8 found the new workgroup, connected to it and changed the workgroup name. However, I cannot access the shared discs or printers.

    What do I have to do to fix this, because if I can't fix it my wife will take my new toy away from me!

    Don

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    There must be someone who can help me. I cannot believe that Microsoft just decided to abandon XP workgroups. I have data filesI need to get off of one of the PCs on this workgroup.

    Mercy, please help me. Dpn
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    Here is the procedure that I posted a while back, and I think it'll will work for you. In order to use the shared printer from Windows 8, you also need to install the driver for the printer.

    All computers on the same network, each cant see others
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    Topgundcd,

    Thanks for you suggestions, however, still no joy.

    I have 2 Win XP computers hardwired to a router. They are BONNIE and DONSONY. Both belong to the Workgroup - Household. The third PC was a Toshiba that stopped working because of to many crash landings. I just replaced the Toshiba with the Lenovo. For the last 8 years, HOUSEHOLD functioned fine. The Toshiba could connect to HOUSEHOLD via hardwire or wireless.

    I have changed the laptop's name to DONLENOVO and placed it on the HOUSEHOLD workgroup after following your instructions.

    Now, I can see BONNIE and the laptop, but I cannot see DONSONY. Just for grins, I tried it with the laptop hardwired, but it made no difference.

    I just can't believe the MS did not allow for downlevel compatibility of networking. By the way, the other PCs are using IE8 and both are at XP - SP3.

    Do I have to take this new stuff back? I truly hope not to have to do that. Don
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    Hi Don,
    I am pretty sure that there are some settings that we overlooked and since I don't use Windows XP for quite a while so I forget what it even looks like. However, I found this link and thought that you might want to look at, It's for set up Networking with XP, Vista and Windows 7. It should be the same for Windows 8 using the instruction for 7. Here's the link:
    Networking home computers running different versions of Windows
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    Down level sharing as explained by Msoft.

    Download Windows 7 & HomeGroup: Downlevel Sharing from Official Microsoft Download Center

    Other options for this type of sharing.
    Windows 8 Pro can not access XP
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    You can only use HomeGroup if using Windows 8 and Windows 7. Windows XP or Windows Vista can’t join a HomeGroup.
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    Who said anything about joining a Homegroup?

    Actually there is a way to have a Homegroup and a Workgroup in the same network with legacy Op systems. That is precisely what the down level sharing link is about. You might be surprised at what can be done with Windows networking, it's not quite so cut and dry as you might think. The problem is that most people don't take the time to learn how to do this.


    Overview

    The purpose of this white paper is to explain how your computers that are running previous versions of Windows can access the files and printers shared with your Homegroup on your computer(s) running Windows 7.


    Download Windows 7 & HomeGroup: Downlevel Sharing from Official Microsoft Download Center
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Who said anything about joining a Homegroup?

    Actually there is a way to have a Homegroup and a Workgroup in the same network with legacy Op systems. That is precisely what the down level sharing link is about. You might be surprised at what can be done with Windows networking, it's not quite so cut and dry as you might think. The problem is that most people don't take the time to learn how to do this.


    Overview

    The purpose of this white paper is to explain how your computers that are running previous versions of Windows can access the files and printers shared with your Homegroup on your computer(s) running Windows 7.


    Download Windows 7 & HomeGroup: Downlevel Sharing from Official Microsoft Download Center
    You did! And you have a tutorial too!
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    Never said a thing about joining a Homegroup, better reread that.

    I posted a Microsoft white page link that shows how to run a Homegroup along side a Workgroup with legacy Op systems.

    Your statement read,..
    You can only use HomeGroup if using Windows 8 and Windows 7. Windows XP or Windows Vista canít join a HomeGroup.

    But the truth is that you can use or create a Homegroup in the same network as XP or Vista and be able to share files between them. But of course XP or Vista can't join a Homegroup although they can access folders and files contained in Library's.

    To bad the Op isn't replying as there are plenty of ways to get sharing working with legacy Op systems. Besides the usual permission settings, using the same user name and passwords can help, you can also use the IP address \\192.168.x.x trick to get into the XP machine.
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