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Why can I only see some files on a remote computer in my network?

You may only be able to see some files on a remote computer if you are running windows XP.By the end of this article, you should know the basics of why this happened and a few ways to work around the issue.However, all solutions are a little deep and you will need to understand your computer fairly well to make sense of the issue.

You may have more than one computer at home.In this case you have probably networked them together.The network makes it possible for you to gain access to the hard drives on all the computers while sitting at one computer.You may set the permissions on the machines so that not all of the files are shared.

For instance, you may network your son's computer in his bedroom to your network so that he has access to the internet.You can even give him access to some of your personal files so he can see the matrix that you are tracking his chores on.However, you could limit his access so that he is unable to pull up all of your account statements from your checking account.This allows you to control who has access to what information.

Microsoft makes updates to their software from time to time.They may find a glitch in the software or hackers may find a weakness in the code.Microsoft will send out on update over the internet after you have registered your software.You may know that it is much harder to fix somebody else's code than it is to start the code from scratch.In one of Microsoft's patches for Windows XP, the fix caused some unexpected quirks in the programs.

Microsoft issued the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-011 earlier this year that may not allow you to see all of the shared files on a remote computer.One solution would be to uninstall the patch, but then your computer would be vulnerable to what ever the patch is supposed to protect your computer from.The patch is part of Service Pack 2 (SP2) and cannot be uninstalled unless you uninstall the entire service pack.

You may try the following solution as a workaround.
Find the address of the host computer or the computer that is hosting the files you are trying to see.One way to do this is to open a DOS command shell and type `ping yourcomputername', where yourcomputername is the name of the host computer.
On the client computer, the computer you are trying to pull up the files on remotely, click on `Start'.Next click on `Run'.Now enter \\ followed by the IP address you just got when you pinged the host computer.For example, you might enter \\ press `OK'.
This will open up Windows Explorer with a view on that remote computer. And, as a side effect, you should now be able to see everything that you expect.
You may need to repeat this for each client attempting to access that host.
You should now be able to see all the files you are attempting to access.The problem is that you will have to do this each time you want to access those files.It is not a problem free solution, but it is probably better than the one you were using before now.

Microsoft has not acknowledged this error yet.A more permanent solution is possible, but it is also more difficult to understand and implement.You can call Microsoft for tech support and they can talk you through the steps on your computer to solve this issue.

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