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Chapter 6. Configuring Your Network: Bri... > Setting Up Your PCs: Be a Matchmaker

Setting Up Your PCs: Be a Matchmaker

Each PC on a network needs to be configured properly to access the network. Think of the setup process as something similar to getting the food ready before a party. This is not a difficult task, but you will find that the newer versions of Windows, such as Windows XP, make the whole process a lot easier than the earlier versions of Windows did.

Using the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard

Windows XP includes a network setup wizard that can be used to create a network setup disk (a disk that configures those other PCs using the same wizard) for use on the Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP Professional versions of Windows. This wizard is by far the easiest way to configure your home network automatically, so this is the method to use if any of your home PCs are running Windows XP. The wizard sets up the network protocols, network names, and all the other little details that are so important to making your network function. You might need 5 to 10 minutes to complete the wizard.


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