Win98 computer can't see Win XP computer

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Nadine H, Dec 13, 2003.

  1. Nadine H

    Nadine H Guest

    I added a new computer to my network, but the older one
    does not have access to the new one. I'm hoping someone in
    this group can help me figure out what I'm doing wrong.

    Nadine H.
    Nadine H, Dec 13, 2003
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  2. Carey Holzman, Dec 13, 2003
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  3. 1. Permanently disable XP's built-in Internet Connection Firewall on
    local area network connections -- it's for use only on a direct modem
    connection to the Internet. Disable and un-install all other
    firewalls while troubleshooting. Details here:

    Windows XP Internet Connection Firewall

    2. Use only one protocol for File and Printer Sharing. If the network
    needs more than one protocol, unbind File and Printer Sharing from all
    but one of them. Details here:

    Windows XP Network Protocols

    3. Make sure that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled on all computers.
    Details here:

    Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP (NetBT)

    4. Run "ipconfig /all" on XP and look at the "Node Type" at the
    beginning of the output. If it says "Peer-to-Peer" (which should
    actually be "Point-to-Point") that's the problem. It means that the
    computer only uses a WINS server, which isn't available on a
    peer-to-peer network for NetBIOS name resolution.

    If that's the case, run the registry editor, open this key:


    and delete these values if they're present:


    Reboot, then try network access again.

    If that doesn't fix it, open that registry key again, create a DWORD
    value called "NodeType", and set it to 1 for "Broadcast" or 4 for

    For details, see these Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

    Default Node Type for Microsoft Clients;en-us;160177

    TCP/IP and NBT Configuration Parameters for Windows XP;en-us;314053
    Steve Winograd [MVP], Dec 13, 2003
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