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How to Add Ethernet Ports to the Network

Soon you may discover that you need more ports on your router to plug in your Ethernet cables to the Network. Plugged in is your computer, another computer, perhaps a network hard drive, a printer, and [more…]

How to Check Network Interface Card (NIC) Status Using Windows 7 or Vista

Whether the network interface card (NIC) is part of your PC’s motherboard circuitry or attached as an expansion card, you can inspect its status by using the Device Manager in Windows 7 and Windows Vista [more…]

For Seniors: Set the Date and Time in Windows 7

Windows 7 normally keeps good track of the current date and time, but often with a new computer, you have to change the Windows time zone to match your location so it can maintain time accurately. [more…]

How to Enable File and Printer Sharing (Windows 7 and 8)

You can turn your humble Windows client computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 into a server computer so that other computers on your network can use your printer and any folders that you decide you want [more…]

Share Folders in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

When you are working on a network, regardless of the version of Windows you are running, you can choose to share your folders with everyone on the network, or with no one on the network. To share a folder [more…]

Share a Printer in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

One of the great advantages to working on a network is that several users, operating with different version of Windows, can share one printer. To share a printer in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows [more…]

Network Connection Configuration: Windows 7 and Windows 8

Following is the procedure for configuring a Windows 7 or Windows 8 network connection, which you need to do for any machines on your network running these systems. Begin by opening the control panel. [more…]

Network Client Computer Identification

Following is the procedure for changing the client computer identification for any network client running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. Begin by opening the control panel. [more…]

Network Administration: Windows Firewalls

Windows includes a built-in firewall that provides basic packet-filtering firewall protection. In most cases, you’re better off using a dedicated firewall router because these devices provide better security [more…]

Network Administration: Windows User Properties

For each user account you create on your network, you can set additional properties for the user by right-clicking the new user and choosing Properties from the contextual menu. This command brings up [more…]

Network Administration: Windows User Password Resetting

By some estimates, the single most time-consuming task of most network administrators is resetting user passwords. Lest you assume that all users are forgetful idiots, put yourself in their shoes, being [more…]

Network Administration: Windows User Group Scope

As a network administrator who manages Windows user accounts, you will need to know how to create groups of Windows users. Here’s how to create a group: [more…]

Network Administration: Windows Server Logon Scripts

A logon script for Windows Server is a batch file that’s run automatically whenever a user logs on. The most common reason for using a logon script is to map the network shares that the user needs access [more…]

How to Use the New Share Wizard

To create a new share on your network file server, you use the New Share Wizard. To be useful, a file server should offer one or more shares — folders that have been designated as publicly accessible via [more…]

Network Administration: Granting Share Permissions

When you first create a file share on your network, all users are granted read-only access to the share. If you want to allow users to modify files in the share or allow them to create new files, you need [more…]

How to Use the Windows Networking Troubleshooter

Windows comes with a built-in troubleshooter that can often help you to pin down the cause of a network problem. The figure shows the Windows 8 version. Answer the questions asked by the troubleshooter [more…]

Network Administration: Manual Share Creation

As a network administrator, you can set up a share manually without bothering with the New Share Wizard. Maybe you think wizards should be confined to [more…]

How to Create a User Account in Windows 7

Windows 7 lets you create and use three types of accounts: Administrator, Standard, and Guest. This video shows you how to create new accounts, switch between accounts, and customize your own account settings [more…]

How to Set Up a Wireless Network in Windows 7

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Windows 7 Troubleshooting: Restoring Files and Settings to Earlier Times

Face it: Bad things can happen to an individual file, a program, or the entire computer itself. Luckily, Windows 7 lets you restore your computer to when it worked correctly, reinstate a program's default [more…]

How to Schedule Backups in Windows 7

It's a painful truth: Your Windows 7 computer's hard drive will eventually die. If you haven't backed up your files when it dies, everything will disappear for good. Fortunately, Windows 7 has a backup [more…]
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