hmm its working now. I even turned the firewall back on and its still working with it? the only other thing i did was meddling with the registry values.
i found a site saying to change the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\St a couple of weeks ago and just now i changed it back to a 3, then again to a 1.....YSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\LMCompatibilityLevel from a 3 to a 1. I had already done that a couple of weeks ago, and just now i changed it back to a 3, then back to a 1 again.