Can a Windows XP Pro machine connect to a Windows 8 homegroup?

And if not a homegroup - a network hosted on a Windows 8 machine?

I have a two computer network.  The main one is a new Windows 8 (which I love).  My older station is an XP Pro machine and I would like that machine to be able to connect to certain files hosted on the Windows 8 machine.  I can 'see' the Windows XP machine from the Windows 8 machine, but not the other way around.  I  have tried to navigate the network connections but it won't recognize the Windows 8 machine.

Any thoughts?  

Thanks in advance.




Homegroup only works with Windows 7 and 8. However, you should be able to see the Windows 8 shared folders/files on XP Professional.


On the Windows 8 machine, go to the Network and Sharing Center > Change Advanced Sharing Settings. In the Home or Work profile, make sure you have Network Discovery, File and Printer Sharing and Public Folder Sharing all set to ‘On’.


What do you see on the XP machine if you right-click Start > Explore, then expand My Network Places?



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Last updated March 26, 2018 Views 622 Applies to: