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I am running Vista Ultimate.

The network is made of about 7 computers (all XP except mine), no servers. All computers are configured with the same workgroup (no domain).

My PC can't see the computers on the network. I have changed workgroup and restarted to no avail. The problem persists with wireless or connected via ethernet.

Also, every now and then, it can't connect to a network printer because it can't see it on the network (reports it as offline). If I reinstall the printer by adding a printer, then it works... for a while.

I have tried changing the type of network (from private to public and back to private), have tried to disable firewall, but this has not helped either.

Any suggestions on what may be causing this?


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Please supply the following info, exact make and models of the equipment please.

What country are you located in.
Name of your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Make and exact model of the broadband modem.
Make and exact model of the router (if a separate unit).
Model numbers can usually be obtained from the label on the device.
Connection type, wired or wireless.
If wireless, encryption used, (none, WEP, WPA, or WPA2)
Make and model of your computer.
Version and patch level of Windows on all affected machines, i.e. XP-Home (or XP-Pro), SP1-SP2, Vista, etc.
The Internet Browser in use, IE, Firefox, Opera, etc.

Also, please give an exact description of your problem symptoms, including the exact text of any error messages. If there are other computers on the same network, are they experiencing the same issue, or do they function normally?

On any affected computer, I'd also like to see this:

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following commands:





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

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
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