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Chapter 30. Using Windows XP to Set Up a... > Getting a Machine Network-Ready - Pg. 371

Using Windows XP to Set Up a Small Network 6. 7. 8. 9. 371 If you see a welcome message first, click OK to get rid of it. Windows XP warns you that you must restart your computer. Click OK to return to the System Properties dialog box. Click OK. Windows XP asks if you want to restart your computer. Click Yes. Dealing with Non-XP Machines If you want to set up networking on a Windows 98 or Windows Me machine, first follow these steps: 1. 2. 3. Grab the Network Setup Disk that you created earlier and slide it into the Windows 98 or Win- dows Me machine's floppy disk drive. Select Start, Run to open the Run dialog box. In the Open text box, type a:\netsetup.exe and then click OK. The Network Setup Wizard gets installed and then makes a guest appearance. Alternatively, insert the Windows XP CD and, when the Welcome screen appears, click Perform additional tasks, and then click Set up a home or small office network. Either way, follow the steps I took you through earlier to let the wizard perform its duties. The Least You Need to Know · The nicest NICs--Get NICs that support Ethernet (Fast Ethernet is best), are compatible with your network cable, and support Plug and Play. · The cable conundrum--If you plan on using a star structure, you need twisted-pair cable (I highly recom-