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Chapter 16. Using a Windows XP Network > Windows XP Was Made to Network

Windows XP Was Made to Network

Aside from finally finding a use for the right button on the mouse, almost all the advance-ments in the Windows platform over the last 10 years have been made in the area of networking. Back in Windows version 3.1, network software was an expensive add-on product—an afterthought—cumbersome to install and manage. Not so anymore! Networking is built right into the heart of Windows XP, such that Windows is hardly even happy without a network attached.

Okay, I’m exaggerating. But the truth is, Windows XP’s personality does change for the better when it’s connected to a network. In this chapter, I’ll show you how to use Windows XP networking, and share tips for making the most of whatever type of network you have.


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