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I have a wireless network configured at home. I have a Windows XP laptop and a Ubuntu 12.04.1 laptop. I have shared a folder on both computers. I am able to read/write files from my Windows computer to my Ubuntu computer. I am not able to access the shared folder on my Windows computer from my Ubuntu computer.

When I click on the "Browse Network -> Windows Network" my wireless appears as a folder. If I click on that it attempts to open but eventually fails. I expected to eventually see a connection to the Windows computer. Instead I get a message "Unable to mount location" with a sub-message "Failed to retrieve share list from server".

I suspect this is something rather simple. I am not a Ubuntu expert by any means. I am in the process of switching from Windows to Ubuntu as much as possible (I think I'll always have to maintain a Windows presence for my wife).

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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I would suggest using Nitroshare! Have a look here:

...and get it from here for your Linux (you just need to know whether you're using 32- or 64-bit) and Windows machine.

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This looks interesting. I was hoping there would be something I could change in a setting somewhere which would allow me to move the files between computers directly. I am able to move files directly from my Windows machine to the Ubuntu machine. Nevertheless, if nitroshare (or something similar) is necessary then I guess that's what I'll have to do. – Wayne Feb 3 '13 at 22:07
it's not necessary, but the big advantage is that you will be able to use it regardless of the other machine's os. otherwise there's of course SAMBA. which you are apparently using now. Check again if you made any mistake and try to give a better explanation of what you did so far. – leokr Feb 7 '13 at 13:20
In Nautilus I select 'Browse Network'. This shows a folder called 'Windows Network'. In there I see 'MSHOME' which is the name of my network workgroup. That ultimately results in the message: Unable to mount location Failed to retrieve share list from server I am using Samba. If I explore the network from my Windows machines they (3) can all see each other, share directories and printers. From the Ubuntu machine I am unable to see any of the Windows machines or the shared printers. – Wayne Feb 12 '13 at 23:33

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