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Why can't I map a drive from my Windows 98 box to my XP box?

I have set up a three computer network with two of them running Windows 98 and the third one running Windows XP Pro. The two 98 boxes are set up the same, and I used XP's network wizard to set it up. My problem is that even though all drives on all computers are shared, I cannot map a drive from one of the 98 boxes to the XP box. I keep getting a permissions error message. I was able to map the drive of the other 98 box to the XP but not both.

I have gone over the configuration of both 98 boxes and can find no differences. From the 98 boxes, I was able to map the XP drive without any problems. I have searched everywhere I could think of and have not been able to find any answers. Can you give me any ideas of what is happening or where to find some answers?

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In a circumstance like this, you need to check and see if the Win98 box has a user account set up on it. One of the quirks of networking a Win98 machine is that if there is no user account set up -- that is, if you just log in without being asked to type a username and password -- it will not be able to authenticate correctly across the network.

To add a user account in Win98, go into the Control Panel and click on Users. It should have the same username and password that you use on the XP box.

This was first published in March 2002

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