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II. Using Your Network > 5. Using the Network with Windows Computers

Chapter 5. Using the Network with Windows Computers

Surfing the Web from your newly networked computers is fun, no doubt. But some of the best parts of having a home network revolve around what’s going on inside your house. You, proud network owner, have got your own wide world of resources waiting for you on the PCs sitting right within your home. The files, folders, disk drives, and printers—in fact, almost anything you can attach or store inside any computer on your network—can be shared among all your PCs. Sharing requires taking three basic steps:

  • Naming the PCs and people on your network. Every computer needs a name. And, in many cases, you’ll want to create user accounts for everyone on all the PCs you want them to have access to. You’ll learn much more about both procedures in the first part of this chapter, but the user accounts in particular are a great way to keep everyone’s stuff private and looking exactly the way everyone wants it to look.


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