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February 22nd, 2010, 02:52 AM
hi, i have a small home network on a windows xp machine and a windows 7 machine also with a small home network i can access the 7 machine but when i try to access the server for the xp machine i get the error, can't retrieve share list, how can i fix this problem?

February 22nd, 2010, 04:02 AM
Although I don't have a copy of Win7 and haven't used it much, I've been reading a lot about it having "issues" with Windows Networking/sharing. You will want to read up a little on Samba if you plan on accessing Windows machines from ubuntu (or about any other flavor of Linux).

My personal bet is that Micro$oft has "lightened" the Windows Networking in Win7 like they "lightened" the backward compatibility and full function library out of the serial port drivers in WinXP several years ago.

You might find some good stuff on these recent threads here:

Failed to retrieve share list from server (Cannot access Windows workgroup)

unable to see samba share from client machines

How to network between Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows 7?

Cannot Browse Win 7 Share