I recently did a reinstall for my machine. first, i connected a laptop (windows 7 home premium) to my xp with an ethernet cable. then, enabled the LAN adapters and disabled the wifi on both (just incase i accidently started sharing files over wifi... too slow for the amount of stuff i need to move)... once i did all that, everything worked fine!
so i reinstalled... got back up to sp3, updated all the drivers, and tried to reconnect to that laptop to get my stuff back. my computer wasnt discovered, so i did some research and found i needed the "link-layer topology discovery responder" (which doesnt come with xp or any sp's). when i got that, the laptop says my machines name and also says "unidentifiable network".
on the xp machine, it says "limited or no connectivity"... i have a physical address, ip address (that wont renew), and a subnet mask.. everything else is blank.
on the laptop, it says "unidentifiable network"... have a physical address, dhcp enabled, autoconfiguration ipv4 address, ipv4 subnet mask, netbios over tcpip enabled, link-local ipv6 address, and ipv6 dns servers... everything else is blank.
and the only things that match up are the subnetmasks.... thats all! anything that i did not mention is blank! half the details on the laptop arent even there for the xp.... i understand windows 7 and xp are pretty different, so i dont expect to see the same details but i have no idea if that IPv4 and IPv6 stuff is supposed to be there on my xp or not.... maybe i have some more updating to do? am i missing something here?