Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)

Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)

Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)
Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)
2024-04-08 07:24:01
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I am using two computers to play a two player network game: one is a Windows 11 Pro machine and one is a Windows 7 Ultimate machine. The Windows 7 machine is locked out of Internet access by means of Parental Control.

 

The reason I blocked my Windows 7 computer out of Internet access was that I am under the impression that it will be vulnerable to hackers. At the same time, I still want to use my Windows 7 computer for basic functions, offline network storage, and IPX/SPX/TCP/UDP network gaming, while being protected from outside threats. Perhaps that is a misconception, but for my purpose, I would like to still usage until it breaks down permanently and yet protect it from whatever I can protect from it. I would opt to use Windows 10, but I have no drivers supporting that operating system.

 

All was well until I turned off the Windows 7 computer and turned it back on as a test. When I tested games Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour and the legacy versions of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne ([b]not[/b] the new Reforged version), I can see no games being created when there were. Thinking it was Parental Controls that created the problem, I disabled it, but the problem persisted nonetheless, especially when I reinstated Internet access to the Windows 7 computer, but there were no resolutions.

 

I asked around the Internet, but I have yet to have an answer. I asked OpenAI, but the bot would just offer generic solutions that do not pertain to the problem. I tried looking for DirectPlay, but while Windows 11 has it, Windows 7 had no such option.

 

One thing that might help: I enabled and disabled Parental Control by checking and unchecking the topmost checkbox of the page respectively, I did not go through with the Clear Schedule buttons located below. Should I do that?

 

Anything that might help me is welcome.

 

I have been using TP-Link products in the past and I have found satisfaction in using them. I will still continue using TP-Link, as I am a pleased patron.

 

Thank you.

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Re:Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)
2024-04-08 07:34:42

I should add that I am still able to browse the network shares of the other computers using any computer.

 

Just so you know.

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Re:Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)
2024-04-09 03:05:54

  @RobertYu 

 

Hi, did you try resetting the router to factory defaults by holding the reset button for about 10 seconds?

By the way, was the two-player network game working fine before you enabled parental control for the first time?

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Re:Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)
2024-04-09 06:23:30
Yes, it was better before I put Parental Controls on. No, I haven't tried resetting the router. Perhaps I will try that.
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Re:Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)
2024-04-09 07:02:21 - last edited 2024-04-09 07:04:10

@Sunshine 

 

Back. I tried resetting the router.

 

That trick didn't work. The Windows 7 machine was browsing the web, but that was never the problem. The problem was that it wasn't able to connect to a DirectX LAN game.

 

And it wasn't like that before i put any Parental restrictions onto it.

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Re:Windows 7 can't play LAN with or without Parental Controls (please read to see what I mean)
2024-04-09 11:15:34

  @Sunshine I'm going to try to get a hold of another NIC.

 

How plausible is that solution?

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2024-04-09 19:24:32 - last edited 2024-04-09 21:13:02

@Sunshine 

 

I tried testing another network card, and that didn't work.

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2024-04-10 01:46:20

  @RobertYu 

 

Hi, are you able to ping each other between the two computers?

If not, please turn off the windows firewall for a try.

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2024-04-10 10:41:39

  @Sunshine

 

Yeah, that's one of the things I tried.

 

The computers can access the network, but the Windows 7 computer can't do UDP/IP networking in games like Starcraft, Warcraft III,and Command and Conquer Generals.

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