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Connecting a WindowsXP machine to a Windows98 machine via Direct Cable Connection

Question: Connecting a WindowsXP machine to a Windows98 machine via Direct Cable Connection

Last night I just got my brand new Athlon XP 1500. Anway It's running WindowsXP. I have been trying all morning to connect it to my old laptop (running Windows 98) using Direct Cable Connection. The AthlonXP is the Host and the Laptop is the Guest. I can get both computers connected fine, BUT when I try to get the Laptop to view the AthlonXPs files it asks me for the name of the AthlonXP as well as a password. I type in the name of the PC (there is no password). I try clicking ok, but it tells me the passoword is incorrect. There is no passwords setup on the AthlonXP at all! Please help. Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: Connecting a WindowsXP machine to a Windows98 machine via Direct Cable Connection

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Answer: Connecting a WindowsXP machine to a Windows98 machine via Direct Cable Connection

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Hey Everyone

Hope you are all having a great day. I was just trying to connect my old Windows 98 machine to my motorola broadband router. I went in and set my TCP/IP connection to DHCP. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I am not able to ping out or pull an IP address from my router. I know there is something I am doing wrong but my mind is blank right now. Can anyone help me. My network card is an OvisLink which has worked in the past but I can't remember how I configured it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:connecting my old Windows98 machine to my router

have you got microsoft client installed? file and printer sharing checked?
have you gone into the propeties of the network card, and tried a static number like assuming the router address is

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I have a Windows 7 PC and I am experiencing difficulty connecting it to a laser cutting and engraving machine via an ethernet cable connection. The
manufacturers of the laser machine recommend RDWorks which is a program that acts as a plugin for Coraldraw vector imaging software. The RDWorks software
is used to connect with the laser machine and it's primary purpose is to send imaging files directly to the machine. It's also used to test connectivity
between the computer and the machine.
I am using an old livebox router which has 2 ports. The router is connected to the machine via Port 2 using a 10metre Cat6 cable purchased from Maplins
a few days ago. The PC is connected to the router via Port 1 using a cable supplied by the broadband service provider several years ago. This cable is
1 metre long and although not a cat6 cable, it works.
I was advised by the laser machine manufacturer's UK agent to test connectivity using the following IP address 192 168 1 137. However, on testing,
I keep getting a connection failure alert from the RDWorks plugin software. I have checked the Cat6 cable by using it to connect the router to the PC.
It is working fine because it gives instant internet access.
I then sought to eliminate the firewall as a possible fault by closing my Zonealarm. On testing connectivity using the RDWorks plugin with Zonealarm
shut down, Windows Firewall prompted an alert and blocked the connection. In the Windows Firewall window, the Public Network box w... Read more

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Hey all, I just got an awesomely unexpected birthday present of a new emachine T2862 that has XP on it, saving me from having to scrape up the dough to replace my 5-year-old CompUSA Home Series refurb-p.o.s. Although I think I remember reading somewhere that emachines were not that good, but I believe it should at least be an improvement over the old one, being 5 times faster and with 5 times bigger hard drive! Expecially considering I'm just about broke financially.

I haven't even opened the box yet, I want to do my homework first on what I need to do... I want to transfer a lot of files from my old computer to the new one. From what I've been reading here, it seems like my best bet is to get some kind of transfer cable -- exactly what kind, where can I get one, and about what will it cost? I've never hooked up 2 computers to each other before, and I don't know what's involved... if it helps, this old thing is running Windows 98, and what I want to transfer is:

1) my music - mostly copied off of CDs and stored in windows media player playlists, I don't want to have to re-copy them b/c the reason I copied them to the computer is some of the CDs had been played so much they were getting warped/scratched etc, besides it's time-consuming - I know copying from one computer to the other doesn't save much time, but it would save me from having to keep sticking in the next CD, doing the copy, and then having to re-type in the library i... Read more

Answer:Solved: cable transfer from 98 machine to new XP machine

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My brother just built a Windows 7 machine, and we are trying to connect it to his old Windows XP Pro machine via crossover cable to transfer over his files, but nothing I have tried has worked. I have them both in the same workgroup, I have followed all the guides I have been able to find online, and I still can't get the machines to recognize one another. What do I need to do? If someone could give me a walkthrough, I'd really appreciate it. This is my first time using Windows 7, so I'm not familiar with anything.

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i can not get windows me to talk to windows 2000 using a direct cable connection and lpt1 over a parallel port (ECP). this used to work for me with other operating systems (my previous setup was win 85 talking to win 98)

any tricks, or is this just not possible?

[Edited by wrmcnich on 08-14-2001 at 08:45 PM]

Answer:connecting winme to win2000 using direct cable connection

Try here

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Hope you all doing good !!

Am trying to connect my vm machine on a host server from another machine in the same network, however its not successful. Below are the details:

Host machine- win 7


VM machine- win 2008 server r2

DHCP- disable
DNS server-

RDC enable from firewall
static IP as in IPv4
user with Admin rights created

Tried in both the below settings.
VM settings in Bridge
VM settings in NAT- host-9997, ip: vm port: tried both 22 and 3389

I can connect the host machine from another computer in the same network. Also I can connect the VM from host via RDC in the same machine, but not able to connect the VM from another computer in the same network.

Please let me know where is exact issue is and what am missing.

Thank you in advance.

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ive got 2 computers hooked up to a router by Ethernet sharing an internet connection, the internet connection works fine for both computers. i would like to share documents also between the computers

one is a windows xp 32
one is a windows 7 64

ive set up many networks in the past with a bunch of xp machines without any trouble but now i am having trouble
my first step was on the windows 7 machine, i went to control panel -> network and sharing center -> setup a connection or network -> set up a new network

this is where i believe i am making a mistake of some kind, it seems that the windows 7 machine is assuming that i want to set up the network wirelessly, when it is connected to the router via Ethernet. it simply brings me to a screen that says choose the wireless router or access point you want to configure, and hangs there with a greyed out next button

everything seems to be going fine on the xp machine, i created a new network called "sharebear", told it that the computer connects through a residential gateway, enabled file and printer sharing, rebooted the machine, and confirmed that there was a new folder in the network places for shared documents

i went back to the windows 7 machine where it was still hanging, rebooted it, looked for the new network in network and sharing center and it wasn't there, i tried again to "set up a new network" on the windows 7 machine with the same hanging screen

what am i doing wrong?

Answer:connecting 1 windows 7 machine and 1 windows xp machine to share files

Make sure that both computers are in the same 'Workgroup' then follow these instructions

Also, make sure both computer's Anti-virus and Firewalls are set to allow sharing.

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Hey all, I am trying to connect my laptop running xp pro to an older machine running 2000pro via rj-45 for file sharing etc., but I'm not sure what to do to get them to recognize each other. Also, If I can get that set up, will it then be possible to access the internet from the older machine through the laptop which is wirelessly connected to my router ? The reason for this unusual setup is that both computers are set up in my motorhome. Router is hooked up to the network in the house, and I can access the internet through the wireless on the laptop. I don't want to have to run cable from way inside the house out to the RV just for this older computer. Sharing the internet connection is not a real priority, ut it would be nice. I just need to be able to access the older computer from my laptop via rj-45. Is it possible without a switch, hub, or 2nd router?

Thanks for any info in advance.

Niveous Diabolus

Answer:XP Pro direct to 2000 Pro Machine...Possible?

After you get the two machines talking over your crossover cable you can use Internet Connection Sharing in XP:;en-us;314066

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Have a PC that's really infected. Re-directs on everything. This is on a network and at one point it had Vipre Enterprise Agent working. Now cannot load new definitions and cannot enable Real Time Protection. Tried Malware bytes and it would find PUM.hijack.HomepageControl and after deleting it it would just come back. Went through all the steps you suggested and ran the programs that I was able to install on Windows 7 but still having the same issues.

Here are the logs generated plus the Hijack this log. Thanks, your expertise is appreciated.

Answer:Google re-direct on Windows 7 machine

Welcome to Major Geeks!

sholiday666 said:

Went through all the steps you suggested and ran the programs that I was able to install on Windows 7 but still having the same issues.Click to expand...

You need to attach the other logs we requested from the below programs:

Also you should run the below and attach the log from TDSSKiller:

TDSSkiller - How to run

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Hi all

Did a search here for Direct X, DirectX and Direct-X, but with the amount of results, and the thread topics very untelling, I decided to start a new thread.

I have W7 Ult 64-bit. If I type Direct in Start > Search, all I get is my Direct X ASIO driver for my soundcard. How do I determine if I have Direct X, and which version it is?


Answer:How to determine if my machine has Direct X, and which version

You have to search for dxdiag in Start menu.
Run DirectX Diagnostic Tool

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Please give step by step procedure to connect two desktop computers running win 7 through crossover cable for file sharing purpose.

Answer:connecting two pc with direct cable in win 7

Hi and welcome to TSF see here Connect two computers using a crossover cable

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I have decided to use DCC to connect my two computers for my home network. This is because both computers are only 2 meters apart. I was wondering if I should use a serial cable or parallel cable for best speed results, or does it matter? Both motherboards are less than a year old, so they have the 25 pin female connector, and each has a 9 pin male serial connector.

I was hoping I could DCC with firewire cable, is that possible? Or can I do DCC with a USB cable? I am leaning towards parallel because of low cost. Which connection should I use? Thanks for the advice.

Answer:Direct Cable Connection -- serial or parallel cable? Or?

Uhhhh or you could make this really easy on yourself and just get two cheap NICS and use a crossover cable, set two different static IP's and wallah.

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Need to do this on a laptop as its running very slow on xp. have a windows98se disk and thats it. have tried a boot disk but to no avail 9i was probably doing it wrong).any suggestions much appreciated.

Answer:How do I replace windowsXP with windows98?

Do you mean the boot disc would not work, or it worked, but you were not allowed to downgrade to '98?

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I have spend the last 10 stupid days, all of which were stupid, trying to analyze what happened.
I thought it was a corrupted windows file. As it turns out, and I have examined my boot log file which I created, this file is a new virus, hxxp://
which was detected by Mcafee on 5/20/09. I have just updated my .dat file for my virus scan and I'm now scanning, again..... all 370,000 files on my seagate hard drive. This first time I ran the scan, there were about 24 files which were quaranteened. I'm not sure where they are placed.

My machine will not boot. Here is the boot log from ntbtlog.txt:

Service Pack 210 30 2005 12:13:01.375
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\KDCOM.DLL
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\BOOTVID.dll
Loaded driver ACPI.sys
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver PCI.sys
Loaded driver isapnp.sys
Loaded driver PCIIde.sys
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\PCIIDEX.SYS
Loaded driver MountMgr.sys
Loaded driver Ftdisk.sys
Loaded driver dmload.sys
Loaded driver dmio.sys
Loaded driver Fdc.sys
Loaded driver PartMgr.sys
Loaded driver VolSnap.sys
Loaded driver atapi.sys
Loaded driver cercsr6.sys
Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\SCSIPORT.SYS
Loaded driver disk.sys
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Answer:Machine will not boot- black screen with which mouse- PCIDump.sys virus has clobbered my machine..

1. What version of Windows are you using?
2. What anti virus are you using? I see you mention McAfee but only in that they detected it (unless you're saying that YOUR McAfee scanner found it).
3. Have you tried booting into safe mode?
4. If its a virus, you know you were infected. Is there a way for you to scan that drive for spyware? (either hook it up in another computer, hook it up as an external drive to another computer, or create a boot disk with spyware scanning on it such as UBCD)

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How to block internet access to local machine users. The machine is in under domain control.

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We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Answer:Vista Machine unable to print to Printer attached to 98 machine thru parallel port

Originally Posted by savikalra

We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Have you installed the printer drivers on the Vista machines.?

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I want to move files from a Windows 2000 machine to an XP machine, this is what I have so far:In the batch file:@echo offclsc:cd \MailSpamftp -i -n -s:C:\batch\getspamftp.txt:EndIn the text file:open X.X.X.Xuser administrator xxxxxxxD:cd Mail\spool\spammget *.smdmdel *.smdquit

Answer:write a batch file to move files from a windows 2000 machine to an XP machine

Have you considered using the Files and settings transfer wizard ? ?

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I have been trying to connect my laptop and desktop PC with the aim of sharing a printer and transferring and sharing files.I do not wish to access the internet ( I have a dialup connection )Both are running WinXP and I have connected both machines with a crossover cable between the ethernet ports on each.When I attempt to configure the network the wizard gives me only the following options :Standard ModemInfrared portDirect Parallel connection.No mention of ethernet.I have tried most things and am still unable to get the two to see each other.I suspect I am missing something here and wonder if any kind soul who has a similar setup can put me right ?TIA

Answer:Connecting Laptop and Desktop PC via direct cable

What I know about networking would fit on the head of a pin with room to spare. You could try removing the network adapters in Device Manager and then reboot for them to be detected again or try another cable.

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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe to is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine


Disable UAC (User Account Control) and check out if the pages display ok.

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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe too is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine

Please see the responses to your thread in TSF Vista Support.

Please do not create duplicate threads in the future. Thank you.

This thread closed.



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I have a duplicating machine for duplicating cards, and a cable which came with it. That has a male and female nine-pin plug at each end. The male side fits in to the duplicating machine, but there appears to be no nine-pin plug on my Dell, only a 15-pin port, which I am told is not for that, and another 27-pin port of some sort.I want to use my new computer rather than the old obsolete one; is there a conversion cable I can get?

Answer:Cable to a duplicating machine

What kind of computer do you have? Most have a nine pin serial port on the back.Or, you can USB to serial port a Google for USB to Serial Adapter.

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I don't get it, all was great. This morning I was copying and pasting a movie file from folder to folder and instead of 50 seconds I get 9 minutes. Plus while it's in the paste mode the machine slows up and task manager isn't responding

Answer:Solved: machine was fine but copying and pasting freezes the machine

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Can I copy the data of remote desktop to my Local machine. If No Why ?
Pls suggest.

Answer:Remotely Accessed Machine's Data can be Copied to Local Machine.

Click Start | Help and Support
Search on:
Cutting and pasting to and from a remote session
Accessing local files and folders in a remote session

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I recently got a 1.8GHz Celeron computer from a family member who bought a new computer, but they dropped it while bringing it over. When I started it up, it booted up pretty quickly. But when I'm actually in Windows, it runs as slowly as my old 1GHz machine and sometimes when opening things it has long delays. I thought it might just be Windows being old, so I did a clean install. But that didn't fix it. Now I think it might be one of the hard drives or my cd drives, since at the BIOS diagnostic screen it sometimes hangs at them. Other than scandisk, which didn't return anything, is there a way to find out where the bottleneck is occuring without having to spend money I don't have?

Answer:1.8ghz machine running as fast (slow) as a 1ghz machine

donkor said:

I recently got a 1.8GHz Celeron computer from a family member who bought a new computer, but they dropped it while bringing it over. When I started it up, it booted up pretty quickly. But when I'm actually in Windows, it runs as slowly as my old 1GHz machine and sometimes when opening things it has long delays. I thought it might just be Windows being old, so I did a clean install. But that didn't fix it. Now I think it might be one of the hard drives or my cd drives, since at the BIOS diagnostic screen it sometimes hangs at them. Other than scandisk, which didn't return anything, is there a way to find out where the bottleneck is occuring without having to spend money I don't have?Click to expand...

Well, it depends on which OS you have. If it's Vista or XP, then you may want to change the graphics settings so they're lower, because they consume memory.

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G'day all! (first post here!! :P) this is my situation:

I have a server...and i have installed a printer to it - the Canon LBP 3200 - the server is a 32bit machine running win7 pro...anyways...this printer does not have ANY 64bit drivers (which my main machine runs win7 ulti x64) so i am unable to install the printer on my main machine...

I was wondering, is there a way to share it from the server to the 64bit machine without installing any drivers?

Or is there a way to install 32bit drivers on a 64bit Machine?

Or can anyone find any 64 bit drivers/custom 64bit drivers?


Thanx all!!

Answer:Sharing a printer from 32bit machine to 64bit machine without drivers.

ok so i tried this method: Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.

Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.

A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty

But when i make my own port name it says access is denied... :S

any help?

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Hi there,

I've been looking everywhere for a solution to this but it seems they don't exist, or are hidden very well.
I've got Windows Vista Business edition installed on my laptop which I use for all my Uni work. To connect to the internet from within the University network, however, you have to connect to a PPTP VPN server using network login credentials.
I have setup the VPN connection within Vista down to every detail, so I know it should work, but whenever I try and connect with it, the laptop shuts itself down, waits about a second then boots up again presenting the "Select Boot Configuration Mode" window as if it wasn't shut down properly.

Does anyone know of any fix for this at all? It's driving me nuts. I need Vista on the laptop but I'd also like to be able to connect to the internet from Uni, so don't particularly want to reinstall XP Pro on here...

If you need any more info, just let me know.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Connecting to a VPN restarts the machine

Hi Alex

See if checking in your Event Viewer logs shows errors that correspond with the system restarts. You can simply type Event into the "Start Search" box on the Vista Start Menu, and it will produce an icon-shortcut to Event Viewer for you to select.

I suspect you have the system set to "automatically restart" on a system error. To change this default behavior, on the Vista Start Menu, right-click on Computer, and select Properties. Then select Advanced System Settings, and in the Startup and Recovery area, select Settings. Then remove the checkmark from the option-box in front of Automatically Restart in the System Failure section. Then click OK. Should the restarts be triggered by a fatal error during your attempt at the VPN connection, you will now see an error message. (It will likely match those in the Event Viewer logs).

I imagine that during setup, and during your VPN logon attempts, you've been logged on with administrative rights?
. . . Gary

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My network functions with three other computers: XP, Vista, and MAC, so router functions.
Subnet masks properly configured
An XP desktop is problematic.
Changed network adapter cards, now using a Ralink USB.
Passwords configured, along with AES security types, both in the Ralink utility, and Windows zero config.
Adapter pings successfully (four times)
Have run <cmd; netsh int ip reset log.txt, reset winsock, ipconfig release/renew> &etc.
Have released though not uninstalled both firewalls; McAffee and Windows
In taskbar, Ralink shows as disconnected; but in Device manager it is ok.
The Ralink utility shows connection, then disconnection, in rapid succession.
I have followed John Willís checklist, so everything is properly ďabledĒ
Color me stumped.

Answer:Connecting XP machine to network.

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I'm trying to connect a CFX-L3500IF, which is a Canon Multifunction System, fax, scanner, printer, copier, PC fax. The driver and software can be found at or But the software will not download for is the second half of the error message "An error occured during install. The specified datatype is invalid". ?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Hers's the driver, maybe? javascript:gotoDetail('0900771501EN', 'XPL6000.exe')

Answer:Trouble connecting Fax Machine to Win XP

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I have an XP machine which is connected to the Internet through a router. A PDA is connected to the XP machine directly(without an AP). Although I have enabled Internet sharing on the adapter connected to the router(on XP machine), but the PDA can't load any pages. What's wrong with my work?

XP Machine: TOSHIBA Satellite Notebook PC, Windows XP Home Edition
Mobile Device(PDA): i-mate K-JAM, Windows Mobile 5
Router: D-Link ADSL 2+ Router, XP machine connected to the router by means of a Category 5 cable.

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Connecting PDA to the Internet through another machine

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Ok, so here goes...Although I'm an avid viewer of many forums, I typically refrain from posting so please bear with me. 
First, I am extremely hoping that all of my problems can be resolved through Software tweaking and fixes, and secondly must let you all know that I have absolutely no idea wtf I am doing.  And Thirdly, have up until now had my technical issues resolved by my father or my significant other neither of which are viable to me, therefore I am coming here asking for assistance because I have been brought to my knees by a realm far beyond my own level of ascertained knowledge...
I do not know how much of my problems, or if any, are Malware, Adware, Spyware, &/or Virus related but appreciate all help and will repost in the appropriate sub-forums with pertinent information Just let me know what and where...currently I am unsure as to which that may be related to because of the plethora of ills befalling this machine...
I recently purchased a new computer from Newegg and received, what I thought at that point in time was, a faulty machine with some issues concerning the Internet components.  I took said machine to Best Buy to get looked over by Geek Squad...they confirmed my suspicions saying that the wireless components were faulty and that I should RMA the computer.... 
I did so and received another 'New' computer from said company.
The box had 2 storage stickers on it...not a new machine a... Read more

Answer:Rma'd Replacement Machine has more issues than the Initial Machine received...:(

Ok, let's see if there is malware..If you can run these.Everything is free.MiniToolBoxPlease download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run. Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.TDSSKillerDownload TDSSKiller and save it to your desktop.Extract (unzip) its contents to your desktop.Open the TDSSKiller folder and doubleclick on TDSSKiller.exe to run the application, then on Start Scan.If an infected file is detected, the default action will be Cure, click on Continue.If a suspicious file is detected, the default action will be Skip, click on Continue.It may ask you to reboot the computer to complete the process. Click on Reboot Now.If no reboot is required, click on Report. A log file should appear. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.If a reboot is required, the report can also be found in your root directory (usually C:\ folder) in the form of TDSSKiller_xxxx_log.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of that file here.AdwCleanerPlease download AdwCleaner by Xplode and save to your Desktop.Double click on AdwClea... Read more

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I am trying to help a friend get her new Win-7 machine set up. I used the printer set-up wizard to install a networked printer in the new machine with absolutely no problem. Proved it would print from that machine.

Now, I get a call informing me that her old XP machine, which had been printing to the network printer with no problems, will no longer print. Documents go into the print queue, but they don't get printed. No error messages show up. I did some messing around via remote access, and finally removed the printer with the intention of reinstalling it. Scanning for network printers turned up several redundant instances of the same printer with different names. Some are identified as "invalid" some a "access denied". Bottom line. I can't get any of the selections to install.

On the Win-7 machine I did find a window that indicated that the printer is designated as being shared, but I didn't explicitly set it for sharing when I installed it. Also, I somehow got to a window that told me that for printers that were to be shared with other versions of windows I could optionally install drivers to support such machines. Didn't have the driver disk handy and took the window down. Now I can't even find it again.

I need some help in sorting this all out. Part of the problem is that out there in "network land" there are redundant remnants of previous installations that are being remembered inappropriately. I'd really li... Read more

Answer:Installed network printer on W7 machine, now XP machine won't print to it

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My problem seems to be the opposite of most people's - I added a Windows 7 laptop to my previously all-XP network without any trouble, simply enrolling the new machine in the existing Workgroup, and everything works fine.

Except for just one snag: from my XP machine I can see every single file on the Windows 7 machine, which raises privacy issues even within a family!

How do I stop this happening, and revert back to the situation I had before, where machines on the network could only see each other's shared folders?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:How do I stop my XP machine seeing every file on networked Windows 7 machine?

Well, a rough and dirty security fix would be to make sure that "Password Protected Sharing" in the Network and Sharing Center is set to "On." That way the files will be safe but still visible.

Are you logging into w7 with a password?

Create an account below Administrator level with a password and use that.

Theoretically w7 should not allow a drive to be shared, so check all the folders that show the "Share" symbol and set the Share to "Not Shared".


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I have a new Gateway Vista 64 machine for my office . The old HP Pavillion Pentium 4 with XP 32(?)is networked in other room Here's my setup:
Ethernet network with a new wireless Netgear router (yes,it has places to plug in the ethernet cords).
-HP Laserjet 1200 printer is plugged directly into the Vista 64 machine.
The XP Unit is on the network.
I can see and share files between the machines just fine but I get an error when choosing the networked printer in "add printer" when setting up XP unit.
(Print sharing is turned on on Vista Machine).
I choose the networked printer found on Gateway, it says that it will install drivers onto my machine to make things work, I click ok and it says that server for my printer has the wrong driver installed, would I like to find right driver? Clk yes. It looks for a VSFILE\XP but can't find it. It tells me to manually find the file but I can't find that file on HP site or any of my discs. I've uninstalled and reinstalled original drivers onto the XP machine (PCL6) and downloaded a Universal PCL5 printer file. None correct the problem. Vista automatically loaded the printer drivers when I turned on the power. It has a PCL5 file. The 1200 printer works fine when printing from Gateway machine. Vista will only let me use the drivers already installed in the machine. When I try to manually try to install drivers downloaded from HP for an XP on the the vista then it balks and says they were not created for an X6... Read more

Answer:Solved: XP machine can't print on networked Vista Machine

I ended up hiring someone to solve this mess. He just created local ports on each machine that directs the pre-downloaded, local driver, to the printers. Worked just fine. Start, Run, //"name of network" to see if printers can be seen on the network 1st.

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Hey Everyone,

Today, I rebooted my machine and did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. I installed all my apps etc and then tried to access onedrive and it gave me a sign in screen. I put in my correct information and it won't let me sign in at all. It gets stuck saying signing in. Any ideas?

Thank you very much!

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Hey Everyone,

Today, I rebooted my machine and did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. I installed all my apps etc and then tried to access onedrive and it gave me a sign in screen. I put in my correct information and it won't let me sign in at all. It gets stuck saying signing in. Any ideas?

Thank you very much!

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Im running Vista Ultimate x64 on my main computer which has a Dell 1710n laser printer and HP PSC2175 AIO Printer attached to it. I have tried sharing the printers out to my XP machine, it sees it but i keep getting an error message that it can't find the proper driver and to contact the system adminstrator. I have downloaded the XP drivers for the Dell 1710n and tried to manually install the driver when it asks on my XP computer but i keep getting the same message. What do i do to get this to work?

Answer:Problems sharing Printer on Vistax64 Machine to XP machine

You can't get either printer to work? Have you also tried manually downloading the XP drivers for the HP?

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I'm trying to help a friend get his new Vista machine connected to the internet. He has a working connection to his old Win98 machine, via a direct (no router) Ethernet cable connection to his cable modem. But when you transfer the cable from the old machine to the new one, Vista complains that the network cable is disconnected. I'd just blame the new machine, but I tried connecting to my XP laptop, and my machine also complained that the cable was disconnected. My machine cables up to my own network with no problems. If you transfer the cable back to the Win98 machine, everything is fine.

Things already tried:

Different cable
Ensure that his network adapter is enabled
Disable the adapter, reboot, re-enable, try it, reboot, try again... No dice.
Didn't try power cycling the modem while I was there, but I had already told him to try recycling both the machine and the modem (start the modem back up first) and it didn't help.

The modem is a Motorola(?) Surfboard, don't know the exact model number. It was supplied by the cable provider.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.


Answer:Solved: New machine can't see cable modem

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Let me explain what I have!

I have an XP PC (can't remember off hand the exact version, will add when I can go back to other side of house and check it). This machine is hardwired to a Westell Router the ISP gave us. Connected to this PC is a printer that I have shared. I have 2 Vista laptops, a Windows 7 laptop and another XP laptop (media center edition) that are connected to the router via wifi. I have another printer connected to the XP media laptop that is shared and I can print to it from the 4 laptops.

Neither of the windows vista laptops, w7 laptop nor media center laptop can connect to the xp PC. I've tried pinging IP or pc name but neither gets a reply. They are all connected to the same workgroup, have run the sharing wizard on the xp machines but now I am stumped!

In order to install the shared printer on the vista machine I had to install the printer as a local printer but then select another port and type in \\computername\printershare to install it. Any other way just wouldn't work. I was able to print to this shared printer on this pc in the past but then jobs started getting stuck in the queue. We just got a new color laser jet this week so had to try it again!

I am hoping someone can help me resolve this once and for all!

Answer:Connecting to shared printer on XP machine

If you had to do that virtual port trick to install the printer then it sounds like you have Vista Pre SP1. Have you tried installing SP1 on the machine? That issue, at least for wired networks, was fixed in Service Pack 1.

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Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) and VNC are pretty decent especially when you're working on a LAN but they still don't have quite the responsiveness as working locally on a machine.

Is there anything faster for both Windows and Mac OS X?

Basically I'd like to put some machines downstairs in my house and then use my main PC to connect to them. (ie. one machine for OS X development, one for other purposes, etc)

I've thought about buying a KVM-over-IP solution but they are extremely expensive and I'm not even sure how responsive they would be either...

Answer:Anything faster than RDP/VNC for remotely connecting to a machine?

No remote control/desktop utility is ever going to be as snappy as a local connection. Turn down all the eye candy and they will perform a little better assuming there isn't any network congestion.

Personally I control all my severs at work using RDP through an IPSEC tunnel over a T1. I've never had any trouble doing work on them. You probably just need to adjust your expectations a bit.

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Please forgive me for what is obviously going to be a duplicated post, but it doesn't seem that a similar situation would be easy to find in the search, so I'm going to have to annoy everyone and start a new thread... Anyway.

I've got a setup where my modem is connected to a router, which has a wired connection to the family computer and a wireless connection to my laptop. When using programs or similar that use a high amount of bandwidth (for example webcam on MSN Messenger, Skype, Online Gaming, etc.), my connection will often drop.

Now in my own mind, I've got a few problems that may cause this:

1) The ISP is being annoying and fluctuating the bandwidth available to me.
2) The router (being cheap) is actually doing a rubbish job and should be replaced.
3) The wireless setup is not holding the connection.

As far as I can tell, the family computer works just fine all the time, and since that is also connected to the router, (2) cannot be the problem. Since (1) is out of my hands (bar changing ISP, which is unlikely to happen due to restrictive parents), I bought a new LAN cable to try and setup a wired connection to my laptop to see if this made a difference.

I'm having trouble with this - and having spoken to a Certified Microsoft Technician (a friend), I've been led to believe that when the laptop is connected with the cable, it is failing to create an IP address (or something along those lines).

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Answer:Trouble connecting machine to network.

make and model of the router
can you post an ipconfig /all from the working PC

we can then see about setting up your LAN connection - should work OK


can be number of issues with wirless intermittent dropping
1) update firmware on router
2) put in the DNS server ID's on the router directly
3) interferance from microwave - cordless phones

do you have a cordless phone
do you have secruity enabled on the wireless

if you have secruity - remove it and try without

Free software to check signal strength of wireless is netstumbler 0.4.0 available for download from

let see what other networks in your area and what channel they are on

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I just finished a build on an XP Pro machine and periodically get disconntected from the domain. Everyone is connecting through a SpeedStream 5861 DSL Modem/Router and a hub connected to the modem via a X-over cable.

I'm using the DHCP server on the router for every machine except for the NT4 Server and a printer. I have those addresses set aside as static so the router doesn't hand them out. The XP machine is able to get an IP with no problem. Can surf the web with no issues as well.

The problem happens when I try to login to the domain from the XP machine. It's somehow unable to find the domain/PDC. It can't ping the PDC by name but can by IP. Once I run "nbtstat -A" against the PDC's IP address, it sort of refreshes and then I can ping the PDC by its name, connect to the domain, basically function normally. But a few minutes later I'll have to start the process all over again.

I tried manually setting the XP machine's DNS server to the IP of the DSL modem but had no luck with that. I was able to join the domain successfully and the machine shows up in Server Mangler as a WS.

EDIT: Almost forgot, I had Norton Internet Security running but disabled it thinking it'd help but no luck there either. The NIS may prove to be more trouble than it's worth and I'll get to learn scripting for the firewall in the router.

What else can I do??

Answer:Trouble connecting XP Pro machine to NT4 domain

I may have found the answer to my own problem. I found this article on the MS Knowledge Base:;en-us;Q314366

I still can't ping the server from the workstation but the connections within XP haven't been dropped. Still waiting to claim victory on this for a little while.

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hi i would like to ask anyone out there who knows how to connect a virtual machine to the same host machine.
I am using a vista machine and i wish to install a linux or windows virtual

Answer:connecting v-machine to host computer

well i use vitraul box from sun its not a memhog nice config options and best of all its FREEE but what you want do is find the Virtualization software u like best downlaod and install it. If you use Virtual Box be sure to specify where you want your VHDs and VMs before you create your first system because after that its a little more tedious. So after you have configured your Virtualization software download your fav liunx distro iso and install it on your newly created VM. If you have any futher question everybody here is pretty helpful

write us back and tell us how it went

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I have a 2000 machine that has a printer attached and shared.

I have a 98 machine that I want to connect to this 2000 machine so that it can print.

All that the 98 machine can see on the 2000 is the desktop. The 2 machines have the same workgroup name.

Any thing you would try?

Answer:Win98-Connecting to a 2000 machine

make sure that the file and print sharing boxes are all checked
right click the lan connection and go to properties, also make sure that the win2k machine has the drivers for win98 or your print quality is not going to be consistent.

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I have a desktop and laptop connected with a FIOS wireless router. I'm trying to help my friend with malware problems on his machine. If I connect his machine wirelessly to my network to access the internet, do I run the risk of infecting my systems? Do I need to do anything to prevent this?

Answer:Connecting infected machine to my network

Yes. Yes.

Take your systems offline. Or don't copy any files from the infected PC and firewall protect your systems. With Vista's firewall you can designate the network as "Public." With XP's firewall set it to "No Exceptions."

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Here's a new one, it looks like.
Lenovo Ideacentre B520
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection (ethernet)
NETGEAR ProSafe Gigabit 8 Port VPN Firewall FVS318G (T1 incoming)
I plug the Lenovo in to the ethernet cable in my office, get link & data transfer lights, connect to the internet, everything works
Bring it out to different office (it's replacing an old XP machine, which connects on the cable I'm about to mention)
Plug it in to ethernet, no lights, Network Cable is Unplugged
Plug cable back into old XP machine. It connects.
Bring out a Win7 Home Premium SP1 laptop. It connects.
Plug back into Ideacentre, nothing.
Drag ideacentre back into my office. It works again.
Have you ever heard of this? Ever?
The Ideacentre is new, so it's never worked on this area before. Also, I have 3, and they're behaving identically.
ALSO, sometimes when I plug in the ethernet cable the green and yellow indicator lights will blink once at me, and then never again :'(
But only sometimes.

In summary: The cable's good, works with 2 other machines. The port/NIC card is good, works in my office, the only difference between the two locations is that I have an extra router in my office that I don't have in the office the Lenovo is going in, so it MUST be something in the settings, but I can't tell what's different between the machines that work and the Lenovo.

Answer:Network Cable Unplugged BUT it works with different machine

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Hi! I am very inexperienced at networking, so I decided to come ask for some advice. I have my primary computer running XP and a linux box (running Mandrake 9.2). I want to put 2 NICs into the XP box and use one to connect to my campus's network, and then use the second to run a crossover cable to the linux box for internet and file sharing. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Answer:Networking n00b- connecting XP machine to Linux box

If it was me I'd do it the other way around - put 2 network cards in the Linux box and use it for both file and Internet sharing. XP internet sharing had a bad reputation.
If you do put the second card in the XP box, search Help and Support for Internet Connection Sharing.
In either case, use Samba ( for file sharing.

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I am currently running Windows XP Professional SP2 with all subsequent patches and fixes. Connection to the Internet is via an ADSL modem connected to a 4-port wireless router which serves three laptops and one desktop machine. The Router is secured in that a) DHCP is disabled - all IP addresses are allocated manually, b) Access is restricted to machines whos NIC addresses match an entry in the ACL on the Router and c) 128-bit AES Encryption is enabled. This setup works fine for XP.

Onto this machine I have installed Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 using which I have created a virtual machine onto which I have installed Vista Ultimate which is working fine.

My question is how do I configure the two machines so that the Guest system (Vista) is able to access the Internet without affecting the ability of the Host machine (XP) to access the Internet in its own right? As all the ports on the Router are in use I assume that I will have to, in some way, tell Vista to use the XP connection (using NAT?)

I am not a networking expert by any means, so can anyone tell me, in simple language, how I should set up the configuration?


Answer:Solved: Connecting Virtual Machine to Internet

It's in the VPC configuration, you can either share the NIC or use the NAT option. I share the NIC with my VPC sessions, and I have no problem with the virtual sessions getting to the Internet, or sharing files with other machines on the network.

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My IBM Thinkpad (about 10 years old) died yesterday and forced me to reinstall.

Now I cannot get an internet connection. There never was a problem before and so I took no notice.

IBM Thinkpad T21
Windows 2000
3Com 10/100 ethernet/modem multi device
Broadband connection from ISP

I know the internet connection works - another (newer) computer (running vista) just plugs in and connects (automatic IP address thingy).
I can see the connections details in vista: IP, gateway, DNS, DHCP, whatever.

My question: How do I configure my old w2000 computer? It's something to do with the tcp/ip setting(s) in Control Panel/Network/..., I think.

Even a link to an article would be appreciated at this stage (2 days later). I've tried (almost) everything.

Answer:Solved: Connecting old w2000 machine to internet

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Situation: Win 8 Lenovo laptop is borked - necessitating reinstalling the OS - decided to ditch Win 8 (hatedit) to go with something that works, i.e. Win 7 Pro. The laptop uses UEFI.

Steps, as I understand them: please correct any errors.

Having removed laptop HDD and confirmed it is working and wiped it using my desktop, reinstalled.

Connect USB media into Desktop and format it for FAT32,
Copy Win 7 Pro 64 disk onto USB
Insert USB into laptop, boot and install from USB

Anything I am missing?

Answer:Installing Win 7 Pro onto a UEFI Machine (formerly Win 8 machine) - Check me, pls.

Download the Windows USB tool here.

This will load the iso of win7 to a usb pen and make it bootable for the installation.

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My wife works at a fitness club and they recently had to replace the office XP machine and purchased a new one with Vista, They had the two machince networked together before one at the front counter and the other in the office, I can not get the new Vista machine networked at all I have searched the internet looking for answers and have tried a few things but have had no success what so ever. Is there anyone willing to help or is there a step by step website that might have good information on this subject. I have the workgroups the same on each machine. I'm lost please help


Answer:Network trouble Vista Machine To XP Machine

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I can copy and paste only text and screenshots.

Answer:RDP: 10 Local Machine - XP Remote Machine Problem

Are both rdp same version or you will have problems update rdp

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I have basically two questions.
1) does anyone know if Aloha Bob's PC Relocator Ultra can work with Vista?

2) Is anyone aware of anyproducts, preferably shareware or freeware that can migrate both data/settings and programs from Win98 to Vista Home Premium?


Answer:Moving from a Win98 machine to a Vista Machine

I don't imagine there are any software apps with that feature - any of them new enough to work with Vista would likely not bother with Win98. Data won't be hard to migrate, but I don't imagine Win98 programs would work the same on Vista... You will probably have to reinstall the programs - if they are compatible. (My CD burning software, for example, was compatible with XP but caused the PC to not boot when I tried to install it on Vista) Settings are probably going to be a lot different on Vista vs. Win98...

Here are some links on the subject:

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I have an old computer with 2 drives running on it, the C is a little wonky and only starts with XP cd installed under R support to get a C: in DOS. Can I use a printer cable to hook these 2 machines together to get a few files off the D: drive on the old machine from an XP machine? A network cable does not seem to work, I can't see the old machine in the DOS prompt.
Thanks for any help or pointers, and am not sure which forum was correct for this question.

Answer:[SOLVED] Copying data from one machine to an XP machine

hi shamal,

have you tried BARTPE? create an XP live CD using the bart pe builder and you can boot from CD drive of the machine where your wonky hard drive is. from there you can access your C: drive and copy your files on to another computer on the network or on to a USB device.

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I've searched and can't seem to find an answer for this: is it possible to move a virtual machine in Oracle's VirtualBox to a physical machine?


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I,m new to this development and deployment and am running into a strange problem. I developed an ACCESS db on a laptop. Everything seems ok, it works. I used the Package Wizard and created an installation package. When I installed it on another machine I am now getting errors in the deployment machine that I do not get in the development machine. I seems to be coding issues. Can't load data into field for example.

Why would I get these on the deployment machine and not the development machine? Am I unaware of some way to test the code in the deployment machine? Otherwise how do I solve the problem if I can't deplicate the error in the development machine where I can stop the code and see the problem. I feel like I am missing some trick or secret.


Answer:Errors in deployment machine not in development machine

Once it is deployed you need to run the connection command on the client to connect to the back end database. Are you using SQL server or all Access for the back end?

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We have a few windows machines in the home group. I just started using lubuntu and want to have in the network so we can share the files. The windows machines show up , but not the lubuntu. How do I find it?

Answer:how do access a linux machine from a windows machine

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So yeah I just got my xp machine up and running and I decided to try and set up file and printer sharing however once I installed it in xp I accidently uninstalled it and now I can't seem to reinstall it. If someone could walk me through the steps on how to fix this I would really appreciate it
So after screwing around with a few things and like I said before accidently uninstalled microsoft file and printer sharing from the network apdater it seems I am missing the server service.

Answer:How do I share files between my xp machine and my windows 7 machine? similarly for file and printer sharing.Oh and why 2 threads?

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Have a crashed Win10 machine. Tried to "reset" it with a downloaded iso, but this didn't work--maybe the iso was NG.
Anyway, now it won't boot at all. This machine was upgraded from Win 8.1 and I have no paid install disk for it.
However, I do know the correct Windows key for the system that crashed. Can I use a paid install disk that I installed on another system, and put in the key code for the crashed system in order to get it back up and running?

Thanx for all assistance--doug

Answer:Use paid install disk on another machine with the other machine's key

You can download windows 10 setup media >
When asked for product key - just skip that page..

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I've checked here and on a couple of other places; many people seem to have similar problems but not similar enough that I've been able to solve it.

I have a HOME workgroup on my Vista machine that is connected to the printer I want to share. I have made HOME the workgroup on my W7 laptop. The Vista machine is able to access folders on the W7 and the W7 "sees" the Vista machine... the network map on W7 shows a "dotted" line from W7 - Vista but when I try to connect from W7 to Vista it will not accept a logon. I have tried using my normal Vista machine User Name and password and even tried creating a new one just for this connection but Windows Security always says "Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password".

One of the other sites suggested that Client for Microsoft Networks needed to be installed on the W7 laptop but when I checked the properties for the W7 NIC there was no Install option... does W7 need Client for Microsoft Networks?

All settings on the Vista Sharing and Discovery are on.


Answer:Windows 7 machine cannot connect to Vista machine

I finally figured out that it was Vista machine firewall (AT&T Internet Security Suite by MacAfee) that was blocking the W7 machine from accessing the Vista machine.

After I checked the box in Port and System Services to allow RDP access, I was able to access both the Vista computer and its attached printer from the W7 machine.

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imediately after clicking on shutdown with an update ready to install, on shutting down, i got the blue screen, machine-check-exception, uncorrectable hardware error, technical information ***stop:0x00000124 (0x00000000, 0x81FD6028, 0xB6200047, 0x0102010A) or***stop:0x0000009C (0x00000003, 0x8196AF0D, 0xB6200007, 0x0002010A

Answer:machine-check-exception on vista 32 machine

It would appear the 0x0000124 is related to the PCI Express Bus, ie Graphics card Driver or Chipset Software, possibly BIOS conflict.Therefore I would update drivers:a) Chipset Softwareb) PCIe Graphics Card Driver if you have a Graphics Card

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I am building a new office machine which I would like to stick windows 7 onto. I also have an old Dell which came with windows XP on it. Can I use the XP key from that in order to use the windows 7 upgrade version?

Answer:Upgrade from old Dell XP machine to new Windows 7 Machine

You cannot use the key with the upgrade. You have to actually allow 7 to see the XP installation first. Then you do a custom install (clean). Just finally upgraded myself.
There are soem other work arounds for this. Just google it.

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Have a crashed Win10 machine. Tried to "reset" it with a downloaded iso, but this didn't work--maybe the iso was NG.
Anyway, now it won't boot at all. This machine was upgraded from Win 8.1 and I have no paid install disk for it.
However, I do know the correct Windows key for the system that crashed. Can I use a paid install disk that I installed on another system, and put in the key code for the crashed system in order to get it back up and running?

Thanx for all assistance--doug

Answer:Use paid install disk on another machine with the other machine's key

You can download windows 10 setup media >
When asked for product key - just skip that page..

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I have a network problem. My windows 7 machine is not detecting win xp machine whereas win xp machine is detecting win 7 machine.
They are in the same workgroup named Home. And the networking system is set to work. I have left the homegroup I was previously in. I enabled file sharing for devices that use 40 bit and 50 bit encryption.
On XP I have enabled NetBios over TCP/IP.
File sharing is enabled on both computers.
I think it's something obvious as both instalations on different computers are really fresh and both windows haven't been tampered with.

Thank you for your assistance.

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 machine does not detect win xp machine

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I am having trouble connecting from an XP (Home) desktop machine to a Win 7 (Home Premium) laptop to share files.
I have read and followed a lot of posts to no avail.
specifically I have followed the advice in "How to make Windows 7 work with older Windows versions for networking and file sharing"

- both machines are in the same workgroup
- there is no trouble going from Win 7 to the XP box
- on win 7 the network is defined as a 'Work' network
- firewalls are disabled on both boxes
- Advanced Network settings
- Network discovery in ON
- File and Printer Sharing is ON
- Public folder sharing is ON
- password protected sharing is OFF
- Allow Windows to manage Homegroup connections
- the shared folder in Win 7 says its shared (its not in the public tree)
- On folder Advanced setting decurity, 'Everyone' has been added 
- On folder Advanced setting sharing it says "People without a user account and password for this computer can access folders shared with everyone"

The XP box is using XP Home which can only use 'Simple File Sharing'.
On the XP box the win7 machine appears in the Network list under the workgroup.
If I click on the machine I get a login prompt!
Attempting to map a drive to the win7 box the same network is shown browsing to the win7 machine does not list any of the shares. (it also does not ask for a login)

Interestingly if I go back to the network and enter the userid / password then I can see the shares... Read more

Answer:XP machine can't see file shares from Win7 machine

From you r 1st post I noticed:
'Public folder sharing is ON
Password protected sharing is OFF'

That would need to be reversed or better yet just read this...

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Here's a strange issue--at least I think it's strange. I have an old application that I've had since I had Win XP. I'm not sure but I think I had it even on Win 98. Even though it's an old app I was able to install and run in on Vista and Windows 7. I now have the pre-release Win 8 installed on VMware Player and I was wondering if it would run in Win 8. So I opened Win 8 and put in the CD, clicked on the setup.exe file and it installed--or so it seemed. It always installed a short cut on my desk top before. So I looked and didn't see it. It was supposed to have installed in a particular folder, but I couldn't find it. I then installed it again and chose to put a short cut on the desk top. But, it wasn't there. The bottom line is that even though I had Win 8 open in the guest, I discovered that it actually instaledl on Win 7--on the host machine even though I installed it while the guest machine was open. Has anyone seen anything like that before? I suppose it happened because it was such an old app.

Answer:App installed on host machine while in guest machine

When you put the cd into your drive, it fired the autoplay on your host machine and not within your Windows 8 VM. It installed on your Windows 7 host machine. If you had been in the VM, and launched the setup from within the VM, it would not have installed on your host machine. PERIOD.

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My old E-machine power supply died so I purchased a COMPAQ SR1834nx. There is room for additional drives. When I installed the drive from my old machine it wouldn't boot up. What do I need to do to install my old drive?

Answer:Installing 2nd hard drive from old machine into new machine

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Any advice on how to do this? I have file sharing enabled on both computers. When I view computers and devices from my vista machine, I see my XP machine, but it is showing up as a media device. When I click on it, windows media player opens. It doesn't seem like it should do this since I am sharing more than just media files. In windows media player i get the error, "Before you can access files in this library, you first must have access to this library".

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From my XP machine I can ping the X61 Vista system but cannot see any shared drives. Vista system has no trouble seeing shared drives on the XP machine. Network discovery has been enabled. Any ideas appreciated.

Answer:X61 Vista machine drives not visible from XP machine.

Did you change the network to private network on Vista? Shared folder will not be visible under public network.

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Hi all, I need to do the following: I have a driver installed in one machine (Sdo Sensor V2 version 10.0.10240.16384, Microsoft) that I need to install in another machine. Is there a way to extract the driver from machine 1 and install it in machine 2? I know that there are 3rd party tools that do this, any recommendation? Thanks
P.D.:The reason I want to do this is that I can't find these drivers anywhere on the web, not even in Dell's Support site

Answer:Extract driver from machine 1 and install it in machine 2?

on machine 1

Make a D:\DRIVERS folder

from cmd prompt type..

Dism /online /Export-Driver /Destination:D:\Drivers

on machine 2
point device manager to the D:\drivers folder to load the drver

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I have 9 computers in my office connected to a peer to peer network. 2 of these machines connect to the network through a wireless connection to a Belkin Wireless Router/ADSL Modem (Model # FSD7632UK4A) all the others are connected by Cat5 cable through a switch and then to the router/modem. All machines are running XP. Each machine is manually allocated an IP address.

We have just purchased a new machine which runs Vista home premium 64 bit. This is connected to the network by Cat5 Cable as above. The network side of things is running fine but we cannot connect to the Internet. (IE Ver 8). The IE diagnostic wizard returns a message that it did not find any problems with the network connection.

IE cannot connect to the router/modem by entering its IP address, however using the command screen, it is possible to ping the router/modem (address is and get a return.

I have had a long conversation with a Belkin representative who suggested that 1. Re-install IE. 2. Re-install drivers for the network card, which I have done. Other things that I have tried are upgrading firm wear for the router/modem, disabling IPv6, Disabling the DHCP broadcast flag and installing Firefox and trying to connect. None of the above have made any difference, neither does setting IPv4 to receive an IP address automatically.

I would be very very grateful for any help on this

Answer:Solved: Connecting Vista machine through Belkin Modem

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I am currently setting up a standard machine that will act as a template for all other new machines that we are soon to deploy.

This new machine is running Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP 1

We have shared folders on a Windows 2000 SP4 machine which is part of our workgroup.

I can see this computer using the My Network Places and browsing the workgroup on my XP Pro machine. I can then click on that machine and see the shared folders, however, the problem is this:

When I try to access these folders (and I do have permission to), the XP Pro machine hangs and ends up needing a restart.

This problem on ly manifests itself with the XP Pro machines, not any of our Win2K, Win95 or Win98 machines.

Any ideas, solutions?

Answer:XP Pro crashes when connecting to shared folder on Windows 2K machine

had a browse around Microsoft Upport pages. They were hopeless but had a look at the bug fixes in xp sp2 and there were quite similar fixes to the problem i described.

installed xp sp2 and problem is solved.

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Hello all,

I just received a Fiery EX12 server.

With 2000 SP4 machines... I can connect to this server and print just fine.

But with Windows XP Pro SP1 machines... I can connect to the server the first time and print fine... But when I restart or shutdown the machine I lose access to the server and not just printing... I cannot even ping the server. The only way I can print/connect to the server again is by disabling and re-enabling the NIC card.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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I just have a small network behind a router.. I need to connect to various machines over the internet, but am unsure how to do this. VNC accepts 1 IP address - which obviously points it at the router.

I know this can be done, but I'm not sure how. Does this make sense?

Answer:VNC/TightVNC/RealVNC: HOWTO for connecting machine behind router

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If, to transfer files between two W98 computers, one wishes to use the Direct Cable Connection, a communication facility available on W98, does the cable have to be a null modem cable or would a straight-through cable suffice? My question applies to either serial and/or parallel ports.

Since DCC knows by default and by design the connection is a direct connection, with one machine designated as host and the other as guest, isn't DCC software smart enough to accommodate either reversal or non-reversal of pins 2 and 3?

R. J. Emery

Answer:Cable for Direct Cable Connection

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Got a new computer with windows XP. trying to set up a direct cable connection. Hooked up a parallel cable to the printer ports on lpt1 port. Got everything set up but when windows 98 on my old computer asked for computer and work group name I named them but guess what. I forgot like a dummy, to write the names down. So when windows Xp asks me for the computer name I can't give it. Does anyone know how to git back to where I put in the names. Cause I don't. Thanks!

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I'm about through.I bought a new PC running Win 2K and am trying to use DCC to connect my new PC to my old one and transfer some of my files. Everything I've seen shows this to be a simple process and it doesn't seem complicated at all, but it won't work for some reason. I have the old computer set up as the host and the new as the guest, have a parallel port connection between the two, and have both running the DCC programs, but when I attempt to connect with my new computer it attempts to connect and then says "parallel port disconnected on LPT1" even though in some cases it has already verified a password from my other computer. Is there hope or solution or am I destined to insanity?

Answer:direct cable connection


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Got a new computer with windows XP. trying to set up a direct cable connection. Hooked up a parallel cable to the printer ports on lpt1 port. Got everything set up but when windows 98 on my old computer asked for computer and work group name I named them but guess what. I forgot like a dummy, to write the names down. So when windows Xp asks me for the computer name I can't give it. Does anyone know how to git back to where I put in the names. Cause I don't. Thanks!

Answer:direct cable connection

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Hi, I'm trying to connect to another computer using the direct cable connection program that came with W98. I was wondering if it is possible to connect two computers using the dial up modem cable i.e. connect through the modem port (COM2?)
(this would save me buying a network card/null modem cable just to transfer some files)

Answer:direct cable connection


Sorry, but the pin configuration of a Null modem, and 'normal' modem cable are completely different. Youre probably going to have to buy one.


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is the facility to transfer data from one pc to another using the direct cable connection available on windows xp home? I have used this simple network with earlier versions of windows but cannot find it on my current xp home system.

Answer:direct cable connection

Scroll down this page click hereGo to this pageclick hereand hereclick hereDirect cable is slow I think you would be better off fitting a lan 10/100 card in each computer and connectin then with a crossover cable. Lot faster transfer of info.

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I have a lan cable and 2 laptops with ethernet cards. Can i use it to get direct connection for file and internet sharing?

Answer:Direct cable connection?

You can share files between the two with a crossover cable but that won't give you internet access. If you want internet access too, you need to connect the lan cable and both laptops to a switch or router, all with straight cables.

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I have this old PC (more than 10 years old) that I would like to network together (direct cable connection) with a newer PC. The old PC has two serial ports and no USB ports, so I was thinking that maybe I could network them together with a USB-to-Serial cable. The problem that I am running into is that all the USB-to-Serial cables that I have found so far are no more than 16" long. (Ideally, I would need a 10-foot or so cable. PS: I am not interested in exploring the wireless or Ethernet options...)

Two questions:
1) Is the fact that these cables come in such short length perhaps a sign that it is not advisable to connect two PCs together with a USB-to-Serial cable?
2) What freeware do you recommend for synchronizing files on two PCs that are connected together in such manner?


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Hi, my friends laptop has no CDROM drive on it and she wants to install drivers and I am going to start a DCC so she can use my CD ROM to install AOL, Word etc. I have a USB, Paralel (LPT1) and a serial cable but they all have two different ends. The USB has a flat end and a fat end. The serial has a rectangle and a cylinder and the paralel has stuff inside so it won't fit in! What should i do?

Answer:Direct Cable Connection

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Hi. I'm haveing a problem with microsoft's direct cable connection program that came with windows. I have a laptop thats running windows 98, and at work i have a computer running windows 95, i need to get a program off the computer at work and put it on my lap top. So i bought serial cable and tryed to use Direct Cable Connection to set up the connection. I set it all up and they connected and it said verafying username and password, then on the laptop it just says seial cable dissconect, and on the host computer it said waiting for geust computer to connect. I checked the cable and it was pluged up fine, i have no idea whats going on, and someone please help me!?!?!?

Answer:direct cable connection

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U might laugh but yes, im trying to connect two WinXP systems (one US and the other Greek) with a parallel cable via dcc connection. I have set the host and the guest computers they are on the same workgroup, i share a folder on the host, i even get the two monitor icon on my taskbar confirming the connection but there is no way i can see the shared folder on the guest! What could be wrong ive done it a thousand times many tryied to help but nothing, im new in this site cause this dude told me it is one of the best and theyll surelly help i guess im waiting!!!

What other way is there to transfer files from one comp to another? I dont want to use a network card, is there any other way using just one cable? No switches or any other stuff that will make me take Euros out of my pocket, just a one cable show only. I have bothe USB2 and Firewire!!!!!! Plz help!!!

Answer:direct cable connection

Welcome to TSG.

Make sure the parallel cable is a null modem cable. A normal parallel cable usually wonít work.

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I have a desktop running Win 98 and a Laptop running Win ME, I connected them via a serial cable. Set up Direct Cable Connection on both. Laptop as host, PC as Guest. They connect but I can not find out how to transfer files. All I get is a box saying they are connected. I have gone to My Network Places and set up sharing. After a time the PC asks for the name of the host. I enter the name found under Identification in the laptop My Network but it is not found. Can you advise?

Answer:Direct Cable Connection

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I cant get DCC to work between two win 98 machines, one laptop (guest) and one desktop (host).

Both machines have file and print sharing enabled, netbuei, client for microsoft networks, different computer names, and are connected using parralell cables to lpt1 in both cases.

getting error msges on guest saing 'no domain server..,

and neither machine appears in th other network neighbourhood

Answer:Direct Cable Connection

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