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Chapter 4. Installing the Home Networkin... > Adding a Windows Computer to Your Ho...

Adding a Windows Computer to Your Home Network

Once you have used the Network Setup Wizard to set up your Windows XP computer for home networking, you can use the wizard to add any of the following computers to your home network:

  • Windows XP

  • Windows Me

  • Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition

In this exercise, you’re setting up a home network using a Windows XP computer and several Windows 98 Second Edition computers. You’ve connected the computers together using Ethernet network adapters, a hub, and CAT5 UTP cable. You’ve made sure that all computers on the network are turned on. You’ve run the Network Setup Wizard on the Windows XP computer, and now you will run the Network Setup Wizard on a Windows 98 Second Edition computer.

Important

If you want to add a Windows 95 or Windows 2000 Professional computer to your network, you won’t be able to use the Network Setup Wizard. Instead, you’ll have to configure the settings manually. The steps for connecting each of these operating systems are described later in this chapter.


The following steps will work on a Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows XP computer:

1.
Verify that the Windows XP computer that you are using as your Internet Connection Sharing host is turned on.

2.
Insert your Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM drive of the Windows computer that you want to add to your network.

The Welcome To Microsoft Windows XP screen appears:

3.
In the What Do You Want To Do? list, click Perform Additional Tasks, and then click Set Up A Home Or Small Office Network.

The Network Setup Wizard dialog box appears:

Tip

If you are running the Network Setup Wizard from a floppy disk, insert the disk into the disk drive of the computer that you want to add to the network. On the Start menu, click Run, and then type a:\netsetup, and press Enter.

4.
Click Yes.

The Network Setup Wizard starts. If you are prompted to restart your computer, remove all floppy disks and CDs from the drives, and then click OK.

5.
To restart your computer, click Yes.

The computer restarts, and the Network Setup Wizard appears.

6.
In the Network Setup Wizard, click Next.

The Before You Continue page appears, listing steps that you need to take before you proceed.

7.
Make sure that you’ve completed the steps listed on the page, and then click Next.

The Select A Connection Method page appears.

8.
Select the This Computer Connects To The Internet Through Another Computer In My Network Or Through A Residential Gateway option, and then click Next.

The Give This Computer A Description And Name page appears.

9.
In the Computer Description box, type a short description of your computer, and in the Computer Name box, type a name (such as Heather or Basement Office), and then click Next.

The Name Your Network page appears.

10.
In the Workgroup Name box, leave the default name, MSHOME, and then click Next.

The Ready To Apply Network Settings page appears.

Important

Be sure to give each computer on the network a unique name.

11.
Review the settings listed, and then click Next.

The wizard configures the computer for home networking, including sharing any printers connected to the computer and creating a folder called Shared Documents in each user’s My Documents folder.

12.
Click Finish to close the wizard, and then click Yes to restart your computer.

13.
Repeat these steps for each additional Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows XP computer that you want to add to your network.

Important

If you use a Windows 98 or Windows Me computer, be sure to click OK in the Windows Network Password dialog box whenever you log on to the computer, even if you don’t have a password assigned to your user account. If you click Cancel, Windows will start normally, but you won’t have access to the network.


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