> > I'm so confused and could really use an idea. I've got 5 PCs
> > networked behind a Linksys router. Two are XP-Pro, two are 98SP, and
> > one is 2000. Everything has worked fine for months. Suddenly, a
> > couple of days ago one XP machine can't see the 2000 machine. All
> > other combinations of PCs can see each other. All the PCs can get to
> > the internet, through the router. The XP PC can't access the shared
> > drives AND it can't even ping it from a command window.
> > I tried logging into the XP PC as administrator, which has the same
> > password as administator on the 200 PC. No go. I use the 2000 PC to
> > backup the other PCs, so this is not good.
> > What happened?
> Apply any MS updates lately on the XP machine? Btw, if you have that XP
> machine setup to automatically DL and install updates, turn it OFF NOW! You
> don't want it doing something w/o your knowledge, or something like this
> could really stump you. Something changed here, things just don't stop
> working after months without SOME cause. Since you didn't indicate any
> known activity, it made me suspicous about Windows Update, esp. w/ WinXP
> which (I think) does default to this automatic update mode.
Well, I played with it more this weekend. I'm certain that the problem
is my XP PC. I put a spare hard drive in it and did a clean XP
install. With that, the PC can see the 2000 PC, and vice versa. I
put the original drive back and no go. Where do I look for this? I
don't want to do a fresh install on the "real" drive since I have
about 50 programs installed and lots of custom settings. Is there a
way to install over the XP from the CDROM or replace all the
p.s. - I have Windows update tell me before it installs, but I usually
says yes, unless it's for a part of XP I don't use.