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location is not accessible. You might...

 
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The desired location on the network is not accessible. This message is a catch-all for a huge range of network access issues!

 
 
   
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  location is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

Access is denied. 

 
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  C:\WINDOWS\

 
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  explorer.exe

 
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  Windows XP

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Get Latest Service Pack
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If you're not on the latest service pack, we strongly recommend getting and installing the latest service pack for each computer on the network. If it doesn't fix the problem directly, it may make solving the problem far easier.

Ideally, all computers on the network should be the same OS and service pack. Using different OSes may make solving network problems a bit more difficult.

Note that Windows 7 "HomeGroup" does not work with older OS versions.

 
   
 
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Posted: 22-Dec-2009
 
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Enable Access Through Firewall
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Your Firewall may be the cause of the network access problems. While not ideal, you might want to temporally disable the Firewall to see if the problem goes away. If a disabled Firewall does not fix it, re-enable the firewall.

If the Firewall is blocking your network access, you'll need to check with the vendor's Firewall instructions on how to allow local network access.

The Firewall is an important part of the system security and it should not be left disabled!

To access the Windows Firewall:

  1. Windows 8: Press - Windows key and X at the same time, then Control Panel.
    • Select Windows Firewall.

    Windows 7 and older - Select Start, Control Panel
    • If in Vista Classic View or XP, select Security Center.
    • If using Vista non-Classic view, select Security, then Security Center.
    • If using Windows 7, select System and Security, then Windows Firewall.

  2. At this point you can view the Windows Firewall status. To change settings:
    • If Windows Vista/XP in the left pane, select Windows Firewall.
    • If using Windows 8/7, no additional action is needed.

  3. The left pane has options to enable or disable the Windows Firewall or to allow a specific program through the firewall.

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 22-Dec-2009
 
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Diagnose XP Network Problems
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Network problems can be quite difficult to solve and may take considerable effort and technical expertise. Two guides we recommend:

The Windows XP SP1 Network Solver

The Windows XP SP2+ Network Solver (and Vista)

If these manual approaches are too much effort or difficult for you, there are several software products that can do most of this work for you.

 
   
 
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