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    I have a LAN with 2 PCs and the situation is weird: PCs on same workgroup can see each other, but they can't see the shared files/folders- because these don't show up in Network (Windows Explorer).

    One computer is the main one (Windows 10, set as Master Browser), the other one is XP.
    Name of the workgroup is WORKGROUP.

    - On W10, the samba v1, v2, v3 are enabled (see screenshot)
    https://prnt.sc/gdju3s

    - I can ping from any of the PCs the other one successfuly.

    - The result of the command "net view" on w10 PC is:
    "System error 53 has occurred. The network path was not found."

    - The result of the command "nslookup hostname" on w10 PC is:
    "Server: ap8857ee75cefe
    Address: 192.168.11.1
    *** ap8857ee75cefe can't find hostname: Non-existent domain"

    - The result of the command "nbtstat -A 192.168.11.3" on w10 PC (where the IP is XP's) is:
    NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table
    Name Type Status
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    HOME-PC <00> UNIQUE Registered
    HOME-PC <20> UNIQUE Registered
    WORKGROUP <00> GROUP Registered
    WORKGROUP <1E> GROUP Registered


    Even when XP computer is not connected to LAN, the result of "net view" on w10 PC is the same: "System error 53 has occurred. The network path was not found."

    Adapter's settings -> Properties -> IPv4 -> Properties -> Advanced -> WINS : NetBIOS Setting is set to "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP"

    Just in case, I also flushed the DNS server.

    Don't understand why this happens, I'd appreciate any help.

  • #2
    Try turning off windows firewall on both PCs and retry - if that works, enable the firewall and open the correct ports for file sharing
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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