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Tool to scan Windows machines on a network to ascertain patch level

Q: Tool to scan Windows machines on a network to ascertain patch level

I would like to scan windows machines on a network to ascertain their patch level. I would prefer not to have to install a Windows server like WSUS to obtain this information if possible.

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Preferred Solution: Tool to scan Windows machines on a network to ascertain patch level

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


Hello all
I am having an issue with Remote Desktop Connection.
I can connect to my Laptop from my Desktop using Remote Desktop Connection but when I try to connect to my Desktop from my Laptop I get an error stating that Network Level Authentication is not supported on the machine I am connecting from, i.e. the Laptop.
Both the Laptop and the Desktop are running Windows 7 Ultimate.
This used to work fine and I am unable to find what has changed.
I have even tried doing a Repair Install of Windows 7 Ultimate on the Laptop but still have the same issue.
Does anyone have any ideas, short of reinstalling Windows 7 Ultimate from scratch?
Thanks in advance

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I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on a quad core PC with 4gb of RAM. This morning when rebooting, I noticed Windows showed it was updating. I'm not sure if this was prior to or after the reboot. The reboot did not complete. I attempted a system repair and a system restore in normal mode but neither would complete. I also tried this using the Windows install DVD. When I rebooted in safe mode, I was able to restore to a restore point yesterday and the computer started normally. At this point, I disconnected the machine from the Internet and scheduled a boot-level scan in Avast. I also disconnected my external USB drives and thumb drives. 
There were a few files that always false flag for Avast but they weren't important so I let Avast delete them. Not system files just very old ebook files, etc. Next up, Avast flagged a file that appeared to be a root level file surrounded by { } with a series of numbers but I can no longer see what it is on the screen after trying the various options (besides Ignore). I've tried repairing, moving to chest, repairing and deleting. 
I get Error Oxc0000243 {The requested operation cannot be performed on a file with a user mapped section open.} if I try moving to chest. If I try to Fix Automatically Delete or Repair, I get Error 0xC0000035 {Object Name already exists}.
My only remaining option iwas to 'Ignore' or 'Ignore All' so Hit ESC to cancel the scan.
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A:Possible Root level infection after Windows 7 Patch

Hello,, can you repost this with a DDS log from this Guide?I think this may be a memory error.Please follow this Preparation Guide, do steps 6,7 and 8 and post in a new topic.Let me know if all went well.

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HiJust installed security patch level 1 June 2017. Unfortunatley the microsoft office pacakge was not fully installed .Tablet is missing WORD app but the rest off office pacakge was installed is there anyway to run the same update again?or revert the firmware. kind regards

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This update addresses the ".NET Server adminpak.msi may not run on Windows XP Machines" issue in Windows XP, and is discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) Article 329357. Download now to be able to run the .NET Server adminpak.msi on Windows XP.
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP 64 bit Edition Patch

This update addresses the ".NET Server adminpak.msi may not run on Windows XP Machines" issue in Windows XP, and is discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) Article 329357. Download now to be able to run the .NET Server adminpak.msi on Windows XP 64 bit Edition.

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP 64-bit

Windows XP 64 bit Edition




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A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise a web server running Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000 and gain control over it. This tool, whose usage is described in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 815021, can be used to apply a registry setting that blocks known exploits of this vulnerability. This tool should be used as a temporary workaround until the patch can be applied
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000

Windows 2000 Professional
Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Internet Information Server 5.0



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Dear Experts,
I've been tasked with asset management, including grabbing the product keys from all existing Windows 7 machines in our environment.  However, I'll need to do this remotely.  Some of the tools I've tried so far, have not worked.  This includes
ProduKey and LicenseCrawler, both highly rated.  I can pull the key while on the box locally, but remotely.   Best case scenario, is that I have a script or tool that can read a list of machine names, and output it into a single file. 
Worst case scenario, I crawl under every desk.  Does anyone have any experience with this, or know of a good script or tool to read up on?
Thanks in advance!

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Hi, I have a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines on my work network all Intel. Today they started to install the Microsoft Spectre Patch for Windows 7 KB4056894 and
Windows 10 KB4056892. All the computers the have installed on sart to display that the copy of Windows is not Genuine Windows, I reboot them and then it goes to the Windows Startup repair and t can repair the computer at all. Also the Reset feature in Windows
10 won't even reset. I've had to disable Microsoft Updates via GPO, but even when I did that it still installed! I've had to disable the Microsoft Update Service using GPO also to counteract this. It's turning in to nightmare, does any one have experience
with this as I need to advice so I don't has to go to all machines around my sites and re-image them. All help would be most appreciated.

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Hi, I have a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 machines on my work network all Intel. Today they started to install the Microsoft Spectre/Meltdown Patch for Windows 7 KB4056894
and Windows 10 KB4056892. All the computers the have installed it on startup they display that 'This copy of Windows is not a Genuine Copy of Windows', I rebooted that had the issue and then it goes to the Windows Startup repair and wont repair
the computer at all. Also the Reset feature in Windows 10 won't even reset. I've had to disable Microsoft Updates via GPO, but even when I did that it still installed! I've had to disable the Microsoft Update Service using GPO also to counteract this. It's
turning in to nightmare, does any one have experience with this as I need to advice so I don't has to go to all machines around my sites and re-image them. All help would be most appreciated.

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Purchased new laptop loaded with Windows 10 Pro which cannot see the Windows server 2008 R2 or map a drive on network. Can see all the 32bit workstations running Windows 7.  Upgraded Windows 7 machine to Windows 10 with the same result except the
mapped drive on server still works.
Can anybody help me

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I've recently installed some windows 7 machines on our network and they don't seem to be getting valid network configs. It sees the correct DHCP info and DNS servers and you can ping the gateway and other computers on the same subnet but when you try to ping other subnets or out to Google it won't go.

You can see local computers on the same subnetwork and even view webpages on the server on the subnet but everything else network wise outside of the subnet doesn't work.

We have a subnet firewall and it is set to allow everything on the trust side out on any port to any computer. I've even made a rule that let everything in from the outside (untrust) on every port to these windows 7 machines and they still don't get an identifiable network.

My windows XP machines work perfectly though.

Has anyone else seen this?

A:Windows 7 machines can't get network but XP can?

This applies to Vista machines as well.

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I have a workgroup set up with about 10 computers: 6 running windows 7, and 4 running windows XP. This morning out of nowhere, the XP computers can't access the network (network is set up and hosted on Win 7 machine), and the Win 7 computers can't see the XP computers in the network.

4 things are happening that make this particularly weird:

1. from the Win 7 machines, I can ping the XP machines successfully, and from the XP machines I can ping the 7 machines successfully. They are both active on the network.

2. From the host computer (Win 7), I can see and access all of the XP computers, though the XP computers give me an error message when I try to even go so far as to find the Win 7 computers on the network.

3. From all the XP computers, I can see the other XP computers on the network, and from the Win 7 computers, I can see the other Win 7 computers.

and finally,

4. The Win 7 computer is hosting a database back end from which the front end on each of the computers (XP and 7) pulls the data. Both XP and 7 computers have no problem still pulling the data from the back end in the Shared Documents folder on the host computer, even though the XP computers can't see the network.

Any suggestions?

A:Win 7 machines not visible to XP machines within same network

Are you in a Workgroup or HomeGroup? Did you check Advanced Sharing options?

I wonder why would all machines act up same time, maybe some security software common to all?

Check the state of these services:
Go to Start\Control Panel\ Administrative Tools\ Services.
- Computer Browser
- DHCP Client
- DNS Client
- Network Connections
- Network Location Awareness
- Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
- Server
- TCP/IP Netbios helper
- Workstation
-- Start one by one if above doesn't help
- SSDP Discovery
- UPnP Device Host
- IPSec

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Uh oh... I created a thread earlier, but i seem to have misplaced it. I hope it's alright to make a new one, in the right category?

Well, here it goes.

I did something i've done before, the rare times my internet has refused to connect...i went to System and uninstalled the network adapter, so that when i rebooted my computer it would install itself and start working again. Except, this time... it says there is an error. :/

The network adapter is VIA PCI 10/100Mb Ethernet Adapter #4
and when i try to install it, it says:

"An error occured during the installation of the device. The system cannot find the file specified."

I've tried uninstalling and rebooting about three times now, and it happens each time. Not sure what else i could do... i looked up the network adapter on google and found a website where apparently i can download the adapter, but i don't know if that is the right thing to do and i'm afraid of messing it up even more, heh. This is the website: http://www.soft32.com/download_182790.html

Thanks in advance~ :/

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Hey guys. I made a post similar to this in windows 2000-xp-2003 forum, but no responses. I recently installed windows 2000 on my moms computer. Since then, every computer is detecting an "internet connection" in the XP Network Connections. WHY? Its slowing the internet down, and Nobody on the network can acces the windows 2000 files. she has no problems doing anything, printing-seeing files- you name it. The XP machins can print to my printer (since its on my computer), but nobody can acces her computer. can you please help me?

A:Solved: windows 2K makes ALL windows XP machines see Internet gateway in Network Connections

Ok the "internet Connection" thing came from the router I have (Netgear MR814v2) haing UPnP enabled, which made it do that. The File sharing is also fixed, the problem was Mcafee persoanl Firewall wasnt lettin me into her pc, since mcafee was blocking it.

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I have 2 windows 2000 machines in my network environment that access and save files very slowly.

Any suggestions?

A:Windows 2000 Machines slow on Network save

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Ok, I just started a new job and their domain is kind of screwy. They have a number of Windows 2000 machines running on a Windows 2003 AD domain. I am trying to get the AD integration for PC Duo running on this domain, but I am running into a problem. The machine I am using to test with, as well as every other Windows XP SP2 box, is missing from "My Network Places", which is what PC Duo uses to distribute clients remotely. I see all the Windows 2000 boxes fine. I found what could have been a viable solution, where I enabled File and Print Sharing in our Windows Firewall GPO, but all that did was give me every friggin domain in existence on the network, which totals well over 100. And I still couldn't see Windows XP boxes, which didn't help my problem anyway. Any thoughts on this? Where should I look?

A:Solved: Windows 2003 Cannot See Windows XP Machines in My Network Places?

Ok, it took me hours and hours of searching, but I found the problem.

Apparently, XP SP2 disables some services required by My Network Places to see and browse machines on a domain. These services are:
Workstation (needed to see computers in My Network Places)
Server (Needed to start Computer Browser)
Computer Browser (needed to browse computers in My Network Places)

Now, you don't NEED these services to run, and it's somewhat of a security hole to have them running all over your network, but they are required to run to both see and browse computers through My Network Places.

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How to update a Windows Defender Offline Scan USB Tool before using it on an offline computer
Good morning All,
Yesterday I created a Windows Defender Offline Scan USB Tool to scan an old XP Notebook that is offline and due to its out of date OS will remain offline. Files will be moved to and from my desktop via a USB Drive and I want to make sure the XP machine is totally clean before putting it into operation.

When I ran the tool and saw it needed updating, which I can't do offline, I came here for advice. Arc gave me Brinks detailed instructions on making and updating the USB Tool.

"Note: If you run the Windows Defender Offline Tool again on the same USB flash drive, and if the following conditions below are met, the tool will only download new updated malware definitions (approx. 69.48 MB) and update the USB drive without reformatting it. [... & 3 Conditions]"

This morning I verified the used space on the USB drive before and after I ran the file <mssstool32.exe> a 2nd time on the same USB Drive and found the used space increased +/- 1 MB. However, running it again on the XP machine I received the same "Virus and Spyware Definitions: Out of Date" message (attached).
[To be sure running the creation tool twice consecutively was not the issue I ran it again 2 more times with no additional changes to the used space.] And another try on the XP machine gave me the same "Needs Update" message.

Now I am wondering how the XP machine k... Read more

A:How to update a Windows Defender Offline Scan USB Tool before using it

You don't need a USB now with Win10, it's built in: Windows Defender Offline Scan in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi, As with everyone's questions here, I'm hoping someone can help. I have searched through the archives and found what I thought were solutions, but nothing is yet working.

Problem: I have several computers in my home, and several mobile devices. Until yesterday, all were working well when connected to my wireless. (These are mixed platforms: Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Mac OS X (Yosemite), an couple of android devices, an iPhone, Kindle and HP printer.)

Yesterday, our windows boxes failed to connect to the internet. The Mac connected intermittently, and one of the android devices seemed to be continuously connected. Resetting the router did not fix the problem.

I called Comcast today, and after troubleshooting and apparently fixing the problem (for all of the time it took to hang up the phone), the connection failed again. This time, however - the Mac, iPhone, android devices ... everything except the Windows machines are connecting. Both the 8.1 and the 7 boxes are affected. The 7 box will keep its connection a bit longer than the 8.1, but both are intermittent in getting and keeping a connection to the outside world.

I'm stumped. You can see what I've tried below and still no consistent internet on the Windows boxes. What have I not tried, and is there an obvious solution I overlooked here?


What I've tried on the 8.1 box (not necessarily in this order):
* Ping the gateway/router (192 address - this works)
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A:Solved: Cannot connect multiple windows machines to home network

Let's focus on one system, preferably the Windows 8.1 system for which you gave the TSGinfo. For both a good connection and for the problem situation ...

Open a (black) Command Prompt window:
Hold the Windows logo key and press r; in the Run box type cmd and click on OK.

Type the following commands:


[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

ping <the router> [you apparently know how to do this]


ping yahoo.com

[Press ENTER after each command.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.

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When sharing a network connection for hyper-v machines i only can share my lan connection with my windows firewall on.
If i disable my firewall i'm able to share my wireless connection.
What settings do i have to change to my windows firewall?
My os is Windows 8.1

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Hi, I've got a wifi router Edimax BR-6204Wg that is serving several computers in my home. All of them run Linux. The network is WPA-protected, only registered MAC addresses can connect.

All is well until I boot to Windows on ANY computer I've tried (both Dell Latitude). What happens next is that Windows connects to the network, disconnects after a while and all the other computers disconnect from the network as well. The Windows laptop then connects again and as long as there is no other connected computer on the network, stays connected.

I am a rather advanced user but cannot read Ethereal dumps, so I wonder if anyone has had a similar problem? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello all.
I have been thinking of how can I make MBSA scan reports for multiple machines.

As of now I've been looking report from GUI only, but it is too much time taking when you have to make a summary of missing updates of around 200 computers at a stretch.

Can someone throw some light on mbsacli options to generate reports for remote scanning from a server. I read that detailed report cannot be generated using
mbsacli for multiple machines scan. If anyone can provide a command for generating report (incuding all the details available in GUI) for a single host, I can create a batch script to do the rest.
P.S.- I am using MBSA for remote bulk scans, not local scans.


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I only need file sharing between 2 PCs with Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

1st PC has internet. 2nd PC has no internet.
Each PC has a working networking device, and there is a correct patch cable between them.
There is no router. Hardware is not the problem.

I need help configuring settings in Windows 7 for each PC, setting up folders in each PC, or whatever it takes so I can share files between these 2 PCs.

I am not willing to look elsewhere for instructions for how to do this because I've already looked at various sites including YouTube. And this has resulted in wasting many hours over several days - just to establish a simple file sharing connection.

If YOU are an expert at this and have the patience to help me in this thread until I get this done AND you require compensation, then please name your price. I can pay by PayPal.

I will be posting pics to show the problem. Let me know if additional pics are required. Thank you.

A:How to Network 2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 PCs with Patch Cable?

Welcome to sevenforums!

You should be able to share file between two PCs only if the two are connected to internet with the home network settings.

Otherwise it could be a solution at cost, to buy a network Ethernet Pci-e Card or switch/hub and plug the two pcs with a Ethernet Cat5 or Cat6 cross-over cable.

You might have to assign IP manually
How to connect two PC's using Ethernet cable

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We are trying to turn on Network Level Authentication on multiple Windows 7 devices and have tried using the following key for that purpose 

reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp" /v UserAuthentication /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
While the above reg key works on Window Server 2008, it does not seem to work on Windows 7 devices as after we deploy the above reg add key and confirm the entry is within the registy, the following options still dont change on the client device even after
the reboot 
What reg key can we use to turn on the 3rd option ie., Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure)

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It's judged whether patch is needed using a MBSA tool.
The following phenomenon occurs.
?OS ??windows Server 2008 R2
?MBSA version???2.3
?Phenomenon???Though Microsoft Office 2010 isn't installed, a correction program about a Office product is detected.
I'm thinking there is a possibility that some Office components are installed.
Answer and opinion for the person who understands about the following questionnaire entries, please.
(1) Is there a good way to examine which Office component causes?
(2) Is there setting of the MBSA tool in which a correction program about a Office product isn't detected?

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When creating an external virtual switch for my Hyper-V machine, my hosts connection is lost immediately when applying the setting and is restored immediately after deleting the virtual switch.

Am I doing something wrong? It seemed pretty straightforward and I've followed steps that others have outlined to create the virtual switch. 

A:Hyper-V virtual network switch disconnects host machines network connection

Thank you for your help Brian. I got it working Friday, after creating the virtual switch my host connection never automatically reconnected for whatever reason.  I went into virtual switch's properties on my host machine and changed some adapter properties
for the virtual switch, then changed them back to default and within seconds of hitting apply, my host machine connected again.
I do appreciate your help in getting this going!

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The vista machine connected via wire to the FIOS actiontec router can see and access the vista laptop but not vice versa. However, when I bring up the network map from the laptop network/sharing center full network, i do see the desktop but when I click on the network from the start menu, I do not see it? Why different and how can I make it work?

Thanks Patti

Also, using McAfee but both machines can be seen in the mcafee network map.

A:2 Vista Machines not networking - Shows in Network Map but doesn't show in Network

A good place to start would be to reference this MS article to ensure all of your clients are configured correctly...

File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista

I would be interested to hear back if any of the topics listed addresses your specific problem.

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Hello all,
I'm an IT major at our local university and I'm trying to help a friend with his Vista (pretty sure it's a Home edition; it's definitely not Professional or Ultimate) computer. Unfortunately, I can honestly say we've never had a class to help us diagnose the often-cryptic BSOD errors. Anyways, the machine has been experiencing sporadic BSODs and general misbehavior (freezing, locking up, weird error messages, etc.). I plan on having him wipe the computer and either reinstall Vista or install Windows 7, but my question to whoever may know is this: considering the dump files I've included, can you ascertain wether there is also a hardware issue occurring? If so, I need to advise him on those as well, as the machine is aging (going on 6 years) and the benefits of simply getting a new computer may be better than trying to salvage an old one with hardware problems. However, if the problems are just software, then he might get a few more good years out of the machine, in my opinion. I've included an analysis by BlueScreenView and a system information file that might prove helpful. Here are the steps so far that I have taken in order to diagnose the issue:
Ran Memtest86+ ... the first pass completed with no errors. I didn't have time to let another pass through, but I plan on doing that later.
Ran WD Diagnostics on the HDD, no errors found with a quick scan
Ran HP built in diagnostics, all the hardware passed tests
I've previously run chkdsk with t... Read more

A:Sporadic BSODs. Trying to ascertain wether it's a hardware or software problem.

1) Memtest should be run for several hours - overnight would be good.
2) Miscellaneous and frequent bsod's, such as is the case here, can be hardware (again, run multiple scans of ram) or malware (please run full system scans with BOTH your installed anti virus app and with MalwareBytes).
3) I don't see any bsod's after December 16th. Why is that?

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Hello All,
I have three PCs on a network. The first is a laptop running windows XP, the second is a laptop running windows 7, and the third is a desktop running windows XP. After a lot of work I, and quite a bit of post reading, I was finally able to get the Laptop running Windows 7 to recognize and share files with the desktop running Windows XP, but I can not get it to recognize the laptop running windows XP. All of the workgroups are set to "MSHOME" and I have changed the advanced settings on the Windows 7 machine to allow for better file sharing and network discovery. Please see my short description below of which PCs can see which.

Laptop with XP - Recognizes and can open shared files from both the Desktop with XP and the Laptop with Windows 7

Desktop with XP - Recognizes and can open shared files from both the Laptop with XP and the Laptop with Windows 7

Laptop with Windows 7 - Can only open shared files from the Desktop with XP. It can not recognize the Laptop with XP.

I have tried 'ping'-ing the Laptop with XP from the Laptop with Windows 7 using both the Computer Name and the IP address (at least I think it was the IP address... truth be told I'm not sure I used the right set of numbers...)

Any help anyone could offer would be very much appreciated.

A:Network Windows 7 to 2 Windows XP machines

Hi and Welcome to SF.

I'll begin with asking, how are all your machines connected to the network?

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I've done some due diligence on this and have found articles saying here's the secret to networking 7 or 8 to XP and others saying you can't.

What IS the truth on this? I have an XP laptop I want to network to my windows 8 laptop. Obviously it will be LOTS easier to move files over that way.

I can get my XP machine icon to show up but can't log in using valid credentials that do work on the XP machine.


A:Network Windows 8 and Windows XP Machines

Here's a good "how to": Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP


I've set up a hybrid home office network with rigs running Win8, Win7 and WinXP. I just had to put all in the same workgroup and set up accounts with the same username and password in each of them.

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I install the current patch and the event log shows that it required a reboot then the next event log entry shows successfully installed however the patch or any patch for that matter never shows up in patches or via powershell. I'm trying to patch this
server for CVE 2012-1472 with the August 11 2020 patch and the September 8th rollup patches.
Windows update "Security Update for Windows (KB4571736)" was successfully installed. (Command line: ""C:\Windows\system32\wusa.exe" "D:\SoftwarePatches\windows8-rt-kb4571736-x64_21c1f2e6aa5242f7de50803628b52b89a21285d3.msu"

David Ryan

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Hi I have installed (and reinstalled) mcafee virus scan enterprise however when trying to open the scan window nothing happens. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks

A:McAfee VSE 8.8 patch 6 - Cannot initiate scan, updates work

Have you restarted your computer?

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So for my Grade 11 Engineering Class, I have to format and then network three Windows 98 Machines into a peer to peer network, where file and printer sharing can occur. I have already formatted and installed Windows 98 on two Digital Venturis/Celebrix systems. These computers won't be connected to the internet, but will just be File Sharing and Printer Sharing with each other over a wired network HUB.

So on each computer, what Protocol's, Clients, and Services must I install? Do I need to becareful of anything?

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I just got a Dell pc with windows 8. I already have a network (wired and wireless) with 3 xp machines and 2 printers & internet connection. I have connected the Win 8 pc to the network wirelessly and it browses the internet fine through the network router. I also managed to get it to print on the network printer. Therefore the connections are working. However one of the xp machines has most of the files we use on a shared drive. I want to be able to access these files on the Win 8 pc but I cant see any of the xp machines. The drive is shared as all 3 xp machines can access them.
Any ideas?

A:Win 8 pc cant see xp machines on network

MS "This problem occurs if the Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder component is not installed on the Windows XP-based computer.

Network Map in Windows Vista & later makes network diagrams of the connections between network devices that can be used to troubleshoot connectivity problems. Network Map uses a discovery protocol called Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) that queries other devices on the network to determine how the network is organized.

Windows Vista & later includes the software components that implement the LLTD protocol. For other devices on the network to be displayed on the map, they must enable a discovery protocol that can respond to the mapping requests from the Windows Vista & later-based computer."

For the XP Machines:
Download Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder (KB922120) from Official Microsoft Download Center

Also Make sure windows 8 network & sharing is showing your network as a "Home" Or "work" network so it trusts the local zone

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I have a 95 machine and an XP machine networked to share a cable Internet connection. I want to copy files from the 95 machine onto the XP machine, prior to replacing the 95 machine with another XP machine.

Both machines are connected to the Internet, but they cannot see each other with regard to file and printer sharing. I did not have this problem when I brought in the first XP machine - it also replaced a 95 machine. The only difference that I can find is that the XP machine is now running McAfee Firewall. Turning off the firewall does not solve the problem. Windows firewall is off.

I ran the XP Network Setup Wizard. Part of that process involves creating a Network Setup Disk, and running it on the 95 machine. When I do that, I get a message that the XP network setup is not supported by any OS below Windows 98.

I have a copy of Windows 98 that was given to me by an individual - I did not purchase it. It is a full version, not an upgrade. I'm thinking perhaps if I install 98 on the machine now running 95, and then run the wizard on that machine, that my problem could be resolved.

But I've read that installation of 98 over 95 can be different, depending on whether I'm installing 98 or 98SE. I do not know which edition is contained on this disk, and the person who gave it to is no longer around to consult (It is not the original Microsoft disk, but a copy - this person is an IT professional).

Is there any way that I can find out which edition of Windows 98... Read more

A:XP and 95 machines can't see each other on network

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hi. i want to set up a simple network with two computers. one runs ME (Dell Dimension P3, 866 with 256 RAM) and the other runs XP Home (Dell Dimension P4, 2.8 with 512 RAM). i want to get a $40 wired router and hook the two computers to that to share internet and files. i am specifically looking at the SMC7004VBR router located here:


i have a motorola surfboard and i use comcast cable. i am running AVG for virus protection and Zone Alarm firewall on both machines. my printer is not networkable so i have no need of a print server. i will just connect it to the XP machine and access it through the network.

now, i have spoken to several people and no one seems to have connected these two OS's together so i don't know if i am in for trouble. can anyone comment on any known issues with what i am trying to do.

this is my first networking attempt and i would like to arm myself ahead of time so i can make the process as painless as i can. i have read lots about networking in general but none specific to my attempt. any help is greately apreciated.

A:Network ME and XP Machines Together

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So I have a network with 3 computers, a readynas, and multiple network printers.

Two machines have 64 bit RC 1, one has XP.

XP machine can see both Seven machines, and NAS.

64 bit machine one can see everything as well.

64 bit machine two could see everything when I did the first install of RC. I reinstalled to fix some boot manager issues, and now it cannot see the XP machine, nor the NAS from windows explorer. I can connect to the readynas through it's IP address in a browser no problem, I have full internet and networking between it and the first 64 bit machine.

No homegroup is set up on either seven machine. The network is set to Home. Drivers are installed for the ethernet properly, latest drivers.

I looked through settings and everything seems to be gravy. What am I missing. Nothing changed between the two installs except 18 hours of time. =/

A:Can't see NAS or XP machines on Network (64 bit RC)

It is funny... My networking was working fine on 7 (64 Bit RC).
Then all of a sudden... It is one way now.. The 7 PC can see all XP PCs etc and access their shared folders.
The XP machines can no longer access any shared folder on the 7 PC. Have not changed any firewall settings. Using the 7 firewall.

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Here's my confusion:
There are 4 machines running on a Routed network using TCP/IP. Machine1,2,and 3 are all using 98SE. Machine 4 is using ME (yuck ). They are all members of the same workgroup but cannot see each other in through Network Neighborhood. They used to see each other fine but now the only way I can get them to see each other is by installing NetBui protocol. Why? They also all have consecutive IP addresses and same subnet mask.

A:cannot see other machines on network

What are all the PC's connected through....a hub/switch and the speed of that device. What is the router config and how does it figure into your setup?

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I have 2 machines MACHINE1 and MACHINE2 running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and am trying to map to the D: drive from MACHINE1 machine on to MACHINE2. I enter \\MACHINE1\D$ as the drive address but then it tells me access is denied. The account name and password is the same on both machines (no domain here) and I have tried specifying MACHINE1\Qu0ll as the user name but it still won't let me map the drive.

Curiously I can see the D: drive when I double click on MACHINE1 in Network but I cannot write to it without "Access denied" messages again.

I would have thought this was fairly simple so what am I doing wrong? Is it some kind of firewall issue?

A:Can't network 2 machines


Verify that Netbios is enabled on both computers.
Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP ? TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog

Create Identical User Names and Passwords.

What happens if you try accessing MACHINE 1 this way instead of \\MACHINE1\D$, replace the D$ with a C$

Do a test, share the C Drive from Machine 1 and give full access permission for now.
Then form Machine 2, click on Start and type \\MACHINE 1\C press enter after.

Also, pls. see if Disabling the Password Protected Sharing helps.

Please report back with the results.

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I have my main home net and then my all in one HP printer (printer, scanner, fax) is on its own wireless host name. Im trying to get windows fax and scan to use that print net (or my home net) to connect but cant seem to find really good instructions of how to do so. Everything i have seen so far uses the modem option, or its so lack of detail that its no good. I have a new I7 but i guess it does not have an internal modem on the board.

Anyone accomplished such a setup and willing to share the process ?


A:using windows fax and scan via network printer

i actually think i might have it, i didnt think about this before. When you print the document you just choose to print to the fax rather than to the printer and there ya go... i dont even need to use windows fax and scan. I can do so right from word or libre office. Works for me wow, nice

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We have a desktop with xp and 2 laptops with windows 7 home premium. The xp machine is connected to dsl and a 4 in1 printer. A linksys router connects to the laptops. I have tried several times ( maybe too many ) to set up this home network.

I would like to let them share files and the printer. The best I have managed is that the xp machine can see all 3 in the workgroup under my network places. A login window comes up for laptop #2 but #1 brings up an error message stating that it is not accessable and the network path was not found.

The windows 7 machines both see each other, but neither sees the xp machine.

I would like to start all over to connect them. Is there a good step by step description of the procedure for this?

Thanks for your time,


A:Looking for a step by step to network XP and Windows 7 machines

First, the XP systems need to have SP3 to enable Win7 to find and share with them.
This will install a few new services like Link-Layer Discovery - - be sure that is left AUTOSTART.

Second, make sure all systems have the same WORKGROUP name;
XP and Win7 have different defaults, so change one to match the other.

Third enable print/file sharing on all systems. This will open the Windows Firewall ports required.
If you have a third party firewall, then here are the generic rules:
assuming your router address is (the important part is in bold) then

allow in tcp/udp source=192.168.1.* ports=137,137,139,445
allow out tcp/udp destination=192.168.1.* ports=137,138,139,445
the src/dest addresses lock out any other addresses and keeps sharing localized to your lan

The above is the Network Access side of sharing.

Now you need to setup the shared folders and the NTFS side.
This will control the <everyone> permission setting as read vs r/w - -
but use the Sharing Tab on the properties of the specific folder.
DO NOT share the C: drive itself.

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I have a Laptop and a Webpad, both running Windows XP Pro and both connected to a wireless network via a Linksys BEFW11S4 and a cable modem. The laptop connects to the network and the internet just fine while the webpad will connect to the network (I can browse the shared drives on any of the other machines on the network) with no problems, but it will not access the internet.

In the "Network Connections" folder, the Laptop has a LAN connection, Wireless Connection, and 1394 Connection and it also has an Internet Gateway called "Internet Connection". The Webpad only has a Wireless Connection in the "Network Connections" folder. I've tried using ICS on both machines but still can't get the Webpad to access the internet.

The wireless connection on the Webpad connects to the right SSID and Channel because I can see all of the drives on the on the other computers on my network and can tell (from the Icon in the Systray that I have two way communication. But when I open Internet Explorer, I only get one way communication (no received activity). Why can't the Webpad connect to the internet? I'm very frustrated and appreciate any help you can provide.

A:Wireless Network on two XP machines

Is the webpad actually getting an IP address, or is it just associating with the AP and not getting an IP?

Make sure that DHCP is turned on with the AP and then that both clients are setup for DHCP.

Alternatively, make sure the static IP's are set up properly on both the Webpad and the Laptop.

Let us know...

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I am having problems with connecting my new win 7 computer to my network (all of which are XP). I cannot access my network drive or for some strange reason Outlook. Any suggestions? thanks Brian

A:Can you network with win7 and XP machines

The best luck I have had mixing either 7 or Vista with XP is to use a Workgroup and the default public folders. Enable file and printer sharing. Disable password control. Here's the weird thing.. it seems once you have it set up to use the public folders, then if you share a different folder, it will work with the new folder also.

Don't ask me why but it does.

Don't try to use the 'homegroup' stuff. It won't work with XP. Just use the same workgroup as your XP already has. If you have some kind of domain setup, then I can't help you. I'm not a network expert. Just relating how I got my home systems to "Lan" for me.

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I have a 6 pc + 1 notebook mixed (wired & wireless) LAN. All the machines are running fully patched XP. The setup (which has worked for quite some time) goes... cable modem -> wireless AP / 4 port router -> 16 port switch. 3 wired pc's hang off the switch. Off the AP/router is a phone router for Vonage. Also off the AP/router is a NAS.

Recently, 1 of the wired and 1 of the wireless boxes underwent fresh XP reinstalls to clean them up. Since then, the wired boxes will drop from the network... ie: their shares will drop from My Network Places, and they won't show up when I search for computers near me. If I reboot them, they (and their shares) reappear... but then will disappear again after a while. NOTE: They still have internet access. They can all still see the NAS drive. They can all still print to the network printer. They just disappear from the LAN after a while.

Things I've checked/tried:
Nothing is set to power down after X time. The machines are on 24/7.
They all share the same group name.
None of them are named the same.
I've run "netsh winsock reset" on all machines & rebooted.
I've reset all router multiple times, one at a time down the line.

It's interesting to note that the 3 machines that are consistently dropping from the LAN are the wired pc's. Yet as I stated earlier, they still maintain their other connectivity (ie: NAS, printer & internet). Therefore, I tend to eliminate any of the network ha... Read more

A:Machines dropping off network

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Hey folks, I'm hoping someone can help me with this.

I just got a netgear router, so I can use the internet on 2 machines and share files between them.

The internet part works just fine, but the sharing files part is driving me nuts.

Basically the problem is that there's just so many ways to get it wrong and only one to get it right- and I can't seem to find that one.

I don't know if the problem is that one computer is Windows 98 (SE) and the other is XP (home).

Or maybe I just set things up wrong.

But either way, no matter what I do, I can't get the machines to recognize each other.

Does anyone out there have any tips or suggestions? I know this question is a little vague, but believe me, I don't even know where to begin here.

If anyone can shed any light on this, I'd be eternally in your debt. I really wanna make this work, if I can.

Thanks in advance for any info anyone can provide.



A:Setting Up Network Between 2 Machines- Help!

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Starting to pull my hair out over this...

Had two 32-bit Windows 7 machines and they networked seamlessly using Homegroup. Have now replaced one of those machines with a beast running 64-bit Windows 7.

For the life of me, I cannot get them to see each other. Here's what I've tried:

both on same wireless network,
both set to Home Network,
tried creating Homegroups on both computers,
not just turned off all Firewalls but actually uninstalled all AV software,
run the Homegroup Troubleshooter many, many times.

Any ideas anyone?

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It hasn't gotten much attention in the Networking Section so I thought I'd post it over here as well.

I have VPN service running on my Linksys DD-WRT router at home, so I can VPN back into my home network when using unsecured wireless internet on travel. I also have remote desktop port forwarding to my home machine if I want to just remote desktop in without using the VPN. However, often times I will VPN in, then remote desktop to my machine. Lately, I can VPN in, but can't see any other machines on the network so remote desktop to the machine's 192.168.x.x address on the local network doesn't work. I used to be able to do this and I'm not sure what has changed. The home machine runs Windows 7 and the laptop I use on the road for VPN'ing back in runs Windows XP. Any ideas why after I VPN in to the home network I can't see any other machines on the network anymore? I have a folder shared on the home machine that I'd like to map to my laptop once I've VPN'ed in but can't do that either since it can't see the machine.

I've got all the sharing options enabled on the Win7 machine as well as the XP machine. Network discovery is turned on as well. No clue what has happened with this. The DHCP pool is and the VPN pool consists of only 2 addresses of and

Any ideas would be appreciated.

A:Can't see/connect to other machines on network when VPN'ed in

Bump in hopes of something.

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