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Adding a Windows 95 Computer to Your Home Network

The Network Setup Wizard does not support Windows 95 computers. To connect a Windows 95 computer to your home network, you have two options:

  • Upgrade the computer to Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Me, and then use the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard to connect the computer to the network.

  • Manually configure the Windows 95 computer by using the Network dialog box available through Control Panel.

In this exercise, you have already set up your Windows XP computer for home networking. To add a Windows 95 computer to your home network and create and share a folder on the Windows 95 computer’s hard disk, complete the following steps:

Verify that the Windows 95 computer’s network adapter is installed and configured properly and that the computer is connected to the network.

Refer to the documentation that came with the network adapter if you need additional information.

On the Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

Control Panel appears.

Double-click the Network icon.

The Network dialog box appears. The settings that you see might be different from those shown on the facing page:

On the Configuration tab, make sure that the following network components appear in the The Following Network Components Are Installed list:

  • Client for Microsoft Networks

  • The network adapter used to connect to the network

  • File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks

  • TCP/IP

To add any of these components, click the Add button. The Select Network Component Type dialog box appears, allowing you to select and add the necessary components.


To add TCP/IP, in the Select Network Protocol dialog box, click Protocol, click Add, click Microsoft in the Manufacturers list, click TCP/IP in the Network Protocols list, and then click OK.

After you’ve added any required network components, click the File And Print Sharing button.

The File And Print Sharing dialog box appears:

Make sure that the I Want To Be Able To Give Others Access To My Files check box is selected, and then click OK.


If you want to share a printer on your network, you should connect it to the computer that is being used as the Internet Connection Sharing host. In order for other computers on the network to gain access to a shared resource, the computer sharing the resource must be turned on. On your network, the Internet Connection Sharing host is the computer most likely to be turned on and available.

Click the Identification tab of the Network dialog box, and type a name and description for the computer. Be sure that the computer name is unique on the network and less than 15 characters long.

In the Workgroup box, type MSHOME.

If the computers on your home network use a different workgroup name, type that name instead.

Click OK to close the Network dialog box.

If you are prompted to insert the Windows 95 CD-ROM, do so. When Windows 95 is finished copying files, you will be prompted to restart your computer. After restarting your computer, the Enter Network Password dialog box appears, prompting you to type a user name and password to log on to Windows.

Make up a user name and type it in. You can either enter a password or leave the password box blank. Click OK.


It is very important that you click OK in the Enter Network Password dialog box. If you click Cancel, Windows will start normally, but you will not have access to the network.

To view the other computers on the network, double-click the Network Neighborhood icon on the Windows desktop.

The Network Neighborhood window appears:


If you can’t see any other computers on the network, make sure that on the Windows 95 computer, the cables are connected properly, the workgroup name is MSHOME (or whatever workgroup name the other computers on your network are using), and File And Print Sharing is enabled. In addition, try logging off of the computer and logging on again, making sure to click OK instead of Cancel in the Enter Network Password dialog box.

Double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop.

In the My Computer window, double-click the computer’s hard disk (probably the drive C).

On the File menu, point to New, and then click Folder.

A new folder appears, ready for you to type a name for it.

Type Shared Docs, and press Enter.

Right-click the Shared Docs folder, and click Sharing on the shortcut menu.

The Properties dialog box appears:

On the Sharing tab, select the Shared As option.

In the Access Type area, select the Full option, and then click OK.

The icon for the Shared Docs folder now displays a hand under it, indicating that the folder is shared on the network and that other computers can gain access to the files stored on it:

For more information on sharing files and folders on the network, see Chapter 6, “Sharing Data on the Network.”


Your Windows 95 computer can gain access to the Internet through a Windows XP Internet Connection Sharing host. To do this, change the settings of your Web browser so that it will connect to the Internet through the local area network. See the Help file of your Web browser for information about changing how your Web browser connects to the Internet.

Bringing a Laptop Computer Home from Work

If you use a Windows laptop computer at work, you may want to occasionally bring it home and connect it to your home network to share files or print documents. Your computer at work might already be set up for networking, which will simplify this process.

If both your home and office networks are Ethernet networks, you can use the laptop computer’s existing network adapter to connect it to your home network. Just attach the Ethernet cable to your laptop’s network adapter, and plug the other end of the cable into an available port on your network hub. If you have a different type of home network, such as a home phoneline (HomePNA) network, you can add your laptop computer to the network by first setting up a network bridge. The network bridge that is built into Windows XP makes it easy to connect two different types of networks. In this case, install an Ethernet network adapter on your home Windows XP computer, use it to connect to the Ethernet adapter on the laptop computer (with the appropriate hardware and cables), and then set up the Windows XP network bridge between the Ethernet and the phoneline connection. The network bridge will make sure that the Ethernet network used by your work laptop can communicate with the HomePNA network used by your home network. Network bridges are described in more detail in Chapter 2, “Connecting Your Computers Together.”

If the laptop uses Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, or Windows XP and is already set up for a corporate network, you won’t need to run the Network Setup Wizard or otherwise change its network settings for it to communicate. Instead, just physically connect it to the network. To gain access to shared folders and files on the network, simply map a network drive or add a new network place (covered in Chapter 6, “Sharing Data on the Network,” for Windows XP computers). To use a printer on your network, use the Add Printer Wizard (discussed in Chapter 7, “Sharing Printers and Other Peripherals,” for Windows XP computers).


If you have a WiFi wireless network at home, and you have a wireless card for your laptop computer, Windows XP Professional offers zero configuration networking. This means that if you bring a laptop with a wireless card home from work and take it within range of your wireless home network, your computer will automatically be able to use network resources on your home network.

If the laptop computer runs Windows 2000 Professional, follow the instructions given in the next section.

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