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How to Turn Off Permissions in Windows 8

Toning down the nagging permission screens in Windows 8 leaves your PC more vulnerable to the dark forces of computing. But if you find yourself grinding your teeth more than working, Administrator account [more…]

Five Quick Tips for Networking with Windows 8

Windows 7 and 8 enable you to quickly set up a home network, or “Homegroup.” Through the use of Wi-Fi and passwords, you can network with your teenager locked in her room upstairs and your spouse in the [more…]

What’s an ISP, and Why Do You Need One?

Everybody needs three things to connect with the Internet: a computer running Windows 8 or another operating system, web browser software, and an Internet service provider [more…]

Connect Wirelessly to the Internet with Windows 8

Windows 8 constantly searches for a working Internet connection. If it finds one that you’ve used previously, you’re set: Windows passes the news along to Internet Explorer, and you’re ready to visit the [more…]

Set Up Windows 8 to Connect to a Network

First, a word to the wired crowd: If you’ve chosen to connect a computer to your router with a cable, plug one end of the cable into your computer’s network port. Plug the cable’s other end into one of [more…]

Set Up or Connect with a Windows 8 Homegroup

Microsoft’s solution to networking is called a Homegroup. A simpler way of networking, a Windows 8 Homegroup lets every Windows PC in the house share the files nearly everybody wants to share: music, photos [more…]

Can Other People Mess Up Shared Files in Windows 8?

When you share libraries on Homegroups in Windows 8, you want the benefits of sharing: You want your friends and family to marvel over your photos of Costa Rican tree frogs, for example. But you don’t [more…]

How to Access What Others Have Shared in Windows 8

On your your Windows 8 PC and network, you can see the shared libraries of other people by clicking the Start screen’s Desktop tile. When on the desktop, click the File Explorer icon from the taskbar. [more…]

How to Share a Printer through a Windows 8 Homegroup

If you’ve turned on the Homegroups, Windows 8 makes sharing a printer extraordinarily easy. After you plug a USB printer into one of your Windows 8 PCs, you’re set: Windows automatically recognizes the [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 Share Folders and Documents on a Windows 8 Network

Sharing something across the network allows other computers to see it when browsing. Windows 8 takes the safe and conservative approach by default: Nothing is shared across a network until specifically [more…]

Wireless Network Hardware in Windows 8

After you install your wireless base station or WAP for your Windows 8 network, you’re ready to configure your PC for use on your network. [more…]

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