Final straw now for the viability of the Windows 98SE/Vista home network.
Remember how earlier I said printer sharing could work if you assigned the printer to a local port on the Vista machine? Well, it does work – until you switch the PCs off. Then the printer ends up “offline” in Vista’s eyes, and there is no way of waking it back up again unless you uninstall and reinstall it again.
Frankly this is not worth the hassle.
If you are trying to network 98SE and Vista – don’t bother. Copy the important files from your 98SE PC onto the Vista one, and use the old machine as a novelty planter. Much less stressful – and a great talking point at parties!