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Chapter 3. Installing Windows XP Home > Getting Your Network Information Togeth...

Getting Your Network Information Together

Windows XP Home is designed mostly for standalone (non-networked) PCs. However, it does support basic networking functions because more and more folks are setting up little networks in their homes or home offices. If a network interface is detected during the installation, the basic networking components are installed. The basic components are the Microsoft Networking Client and the TCP/IP protocol. You're able to configure networking components during installation, but you aren't offered the chance to manage workgroup or domain membership during installation.

If networking components are installed, Windows XP Home is automatically a member of the MSHOME workgroup. You can change the workgroup membership, but Windows XP Home cannot be a domain client. You must use Windows XP Professional if you need a domain client. A domain client is a system which is a member of a centrally controlled and secured network environment.


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