Laptop cannot see rest of Workgroup


Diamond Member
Apr 16, 2004
I have a workgroup setup at home so I can share mainly media files accross computers.

I have three computers, one main PC and a PC in my theater and living room that can all connect and share data, no problem.

My laptop was able to do this as well, but one day it just stopped. Nothing changed. All are running XP Media Center Edition 2005 by the way (essentially XP pro). The laptop can still get on the network, and can still remote into the other computers and move data via disk drives that are shared through the remote desktop program.

To tell you the truth, I did a bit of troubleshooting when it first happened, but I do not remember exactly what was done, as it has been awhile. I have been very busy.

If I recall correctly, I believe I changed the computer name and changed it back, changed the workgroup and changed it back, uninstalled and reinstalled file and printer sharing, etc.

What other directions can I look into to try and fix this problem? Any other information I can provide?


Diamond Member
Jun 29, 2003
I can't answer your question, but I'd like to suggest that maybe you'd get a better response to your request if you were to post it in the Networking forum here on Anandtech.

The people who know about your type of issue hang out there.

Usually the moderators don't like a post to be put into more than one forum, but if you make a little note in your post that you understand that, they'll probably overlook it this time.

It's here.

Good luck to you.