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How to Connect a PC to a Wired Ethernet Network in Windows Vista

An Ethernet network is a faster way to connect to the Internet. You can connect to a wired Ethernet network in Windows Vista as long as you have a hub or switch and access to a cable, satellite, or other [more…]

How to Configure a Network with the Network Setup Wizard in Windows Vista

Using a wireless network, you can share files and peripherals, such as printers, amongst several computers spread throughout a house or office. It's easy to configure a wireless network using the Network [more…]

How to Change a Computer's Network Name in Windows Vista

Two computers on the same network cannot have the same name, so it's important to know how to change a computer's network name in Windows Vista. Windows Vista gives each computer the same default name, [more…]

How to Allow Access to the Public Folders in Windows Vista

Although you probably don't want random people looking through your personal files, there are some files that you will want to share with others in your home or workgroup. You can share these files by [more…]

How to Collaborate with Windows Meeting Space

So you've heard that you can collaborate with others using Windows Meeting Space. But what does that really mean? It means that can set up an online meeting with friends and coworkers over a local area [more…]

How to Set Up Meeting Space for Windows Vista

Collaborating with others is easier than ever thanks to Vista's Meeting Space tool. To get the most out of this tool, you need to take a few minutes to set up Meeting Space to work with your needs. But [more…]

How to Collaborate with Windows Meeting Space on an Ad Hoc Network

Meeting Space is Windows Vista's collaboration tool. It can be used to set up a meeting with others who happen to be nearby or over a larger LAN network. It's easy to hold an ad hoc meeting in Meeting [more…]

How to Share a Folder in Windows Vista without Moving It to the Public Folder

Part of the joy of having a network is sharing your drives, data, printers, and folders. Vista tells you that if you want to share something over your private network, move it to the Public Folder. But [more…]

How to Determine Which Folders You Are Sharing in Windows Vista

If you enabled your Windows Vista computer to share files and folders, you already know that you're sharing the things in your Public folders. But if you've gone beyond that and established sharing privileges [more…]

How to Create a Small Wireless Network in Windows Vista

If you have two or more computers in your office or in your home, they should be networked. As long as one of your computers uses Vista and the others run Windows 98 or later, creating a wireless network [more…]

How to Configure a TCP/IP Connection in Windows Vista

Whether your IP address is assigned when you log on to the Internet or you have a static IP address, as with a cable modem or DSL, it's useful to know how to configure the TCP/IP connection in Windows [more…]

How to Designate Your Default Internet Connection in Windows Vista

It makes good sense to designate your default Internet connection in Windows Vista. Your computer uses the default connection any time you click a link to an online location or open your browser. This [more…]

How to Set Up an Always-On Internet Connection in Windows Vista

If your computer has broadband (DSL or cable) access to the Internet, it can save you some time and trouble to have an always-on connection. Vista assumes that you'll always want easy access to the Internet [more…]

How to Connect Two Windows Vista Computers with a Crossover Cable

Buying that second PC brings you yet another computing problem: How can two PCs share the same Internet connection and printer? And how do you move your old files to your new PC? The easiest solution is [more…]

How to Connect a Windows Vista Computer and a Windows XP Computer on a Network

Many homes have multiple computers. Anytime you have multiple computers, it's a good idea to connect them to a network so that you can share resources. However, problems can appear when you try to connect [more…]

How to Assign a Static Local IP Address in Windows Vista

Sometimes the only way to resolve network problems in Windows Vista is to assign a static local IP address. Your network equipment (such as a network interface card or wireless adapter) is supposed to [more…]

How to Ease Security between Homegroup and Workgroup Networks

Windows 7 now calls small networks homegroups — they used to be called workgroups in Windows Vista and Windows XP. If you want to share files over a mixed homegroup and workgroup network, you need to know [more…]

How to Let Windows 7 PCs Recognize Windows XP Home PCs on a Network

These days almost every home has a computer network. But if one of the PCs in your home uses Windows XP, you need to change the WORKGROUP name in order to let your Windows 7 PC recognize the Windows XP [more…]

How to Use Your Laptop on a Plane

The most important thing you need to do when using your laptop in the air is to disable the wireless network. That is, unless the airplane offers wireless network access. Some airlines offer free wireless [more…]

How to Disable Wireless Access on Your Windows Laptop

Turning off the wireless network is cinchy on most laptops ― specifically, the type that features a hardware On-Off switch for wireless networking. In that case, slide the switch to the Off position. [more…]

How to Find Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows 7 and Vista

There are several locations for network troubleshooting in Windows 7 and Vista. You should know how to find, open, and recognize what can be done in each one to troubleshoot the network. [more…]

How to Find Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows XP

If you thought that Windows XP keeps all its networking settings and information in only two locations, you’re woefully wrong. Windows XP features a multitude of windows, dialog boxes, and wizards for [more…]

How to Find Your PC’s IP Address in Windows Vista

When your computer is on an Ethernet network, it has an IP address that tells the network where to find that PC. It helps traffic flow between computers because each one has its own IP address. If you [more…]

How to Manually Assign an IP Address in Windows XP

Most computers that are attached to an Ethernet network will have their IP addresses assigned automatically by DHCP. You can configure your PC to use its own IP address, effectively disabling DHCP. [more…]

How to Manually Assign an IP Address in Windows Vista

Most computers that are attached to an Ethernet network will have their IP addresses assigned automatically by DHCP. You can configure your PC to use its own IP address, effectively disabling DHCP. Here’s [more…]

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