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Chapter 31. Using Windows XP's Networkin... > Playing with Other Folks' Shared Res... - Pg. 378

Using Windows XP's Networking Features 2. 3. 4. 378 Click Next to skip the introductory hoo-ha. The wizard asks you to "select a service provider." Scratch your head with a perplexed look on your face, highlight the Choose another network location item, and click Next. Use either of the following methods to specify which shared folder or drive you want to work with (click Next when you're done): · Use the text box to enter the location of the shared resource. Type two backslashes (\\) followed by the computer name, followed by another backslash (\). The wizard helpfully displays a list of the available shares. Select the one you want. · Click Browse to arrive at the Browse For Folder dialog box, open the branches of the com- puter you want to work with until you see the resource you want. Highlight the resource and click OK. The wizard suggests a name for the new network place, which takes the form Share Name on Computer Name. Edit the name, if you feel like it, and then click Next. In the final wizard dialog box, if you leave the Open this network place when I click Finish check box activated, Windows XP will open a new window that shows the contents of the resource. Deactivate this check box if you don't want to bother with this extra window right now. Click Finish. 5. 6. You end up with a new icon in My Network Places for the shared resource. Making Network Folders Look Like Drives on Your Computer You can avoid the My Network Places folder altogether if you map a network folder or drive so that it takes up a drive letter on your system. Here's how: 1. 2. Using My Network Places and its View workgroup computers link, display the shared resources of the workgroup computer you want to work with. Highlight the shared folder or drive you want to map, and then select File, Map Network Drive. (As you might have guessed by now, you also can right-click the folder or drive and then click Map Network Drive.) Up pops the Map Network Drive dialog box. Look Out! If you use removable drives such as CompactFlash memory modules, Windows XP assigns the first available drive letter to these drives. This can cause problems if you have a mapped network drive that uses a lower drive letter. Therefore, it's good practice to use higher drive letters (such as X, Y, and Z) for your mapped resources. 3. 4. Windows XP defaults to the last of the available drive letters (such as Z). If you'd prefer another, use the Drive list to choose it. If you want the resource to get mapped again automatically the next time you crank up Windows XP, leave the Reconnect at Logon check box activated.