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How to Repair the Network in Windows

Lurking in various places around the numerous networking windows and dialog boxes are certain Repair links and buttons. Your first stab at resolving a network oddity is to grasp one of those Repair options [more…]

How to Disconnect a Windows Computer from the Network

If you have tried all other network troubleshooting tools and methods, the final, and sometimes necessary, move you can make is to simply disconnect the PC from the network. You can do this physically, [more…]

What is a Network Workgroup?

When your PC joins a peer-to-peer network, it becomes part of a workgroup. The workgroup is simply a group of computers using the same Ethernet network. There has to be a hub, which can be merely a switch [more…]

How to Change the Name of a Windows Network Workgroup

There’s no magic to creating a workgroup. Out of the box, Windows assigns your PC to a workgroup named WORKGROUP, or possibly MSHOME. You can stick with those names. In fact, that’s probably what you’re [more…]

How to Browse the Network Workgroups in Windows

Neither Windows 7 nor Windows Vista pays much attention to workgroup names. No matter how you set up the network, all computers on the network appear in the Network window. Even computers with a different [more…]

How to Make Sharing Possible in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Before you try to share files and devices across your network workgroup, you must ensure that Windows has a favorable attitude toward offering up the computer’s precious resources. The place to look is [more…]

How to Make Sharing Possible in Windows XP

To configure sharing for folders and printers on your Windows XP computer, you must customize the network connection. It’s normally done when you first set up the computer for networking. But it can also [more…]

How to Share Your PC’s Printer in Windows XP

Windows allows you to share a printer that is connected to your computer with other computers on your network or within your workgroup. To share a printer attached to your Window XP PC with other computers [more…]

How to Share Your PC’s Printer in Windows Vista

Windows allows you to share a printer that is connected to your computer with other computers on your network or within your workgroup. To share a printer attached to your Window Vista PC with other computers [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Issues on Your Windows Network

Like anything else you add to your computer, a Bluetooth gizmo introduces change. That change can cause problems. You can have problems with other devices that are incompatible with your Bluetooth device [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows Vista

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows XP

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows Vista

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows XP

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Connect to a Wireless Network

You can seek out a wireless network in at least two ways. The first is to use Windows. The second is to use any custom software that came with the wireless NIC. Here’s how to find a wireless network in [more…]

How to Find a Wireless Network Using Windows XP

The first problem you encounter when trying to make the wireless network connection is finding the network. Not all wireless networks show up at first blush. [more…]

How to Find a Wireless Network Using Windows Vista

The first problem you encounter when trying to make the wireless network connection is finding the network. Not all wireless networks show up at first blush. [more…]

How to Manage Wireless Connections Using Windows

Both Windows 7 and Windows Vista feature a little black book. But unlike former dates, the black book helps you keep track of all the wireless networks your computer has gone out with. You can see the [more…]

How to Determine If Your PC Has Bluetooth Capability

Like everything else in your computer, Bluetooth requires both hardware and software. A Bluetooth adapter supplies Bluetooth hardware. If your PC didn’t come with the Bluetooth hardware installed, you [more…]

How to Connect a Bluetooth Device to Your Windows Network

The Bluetooth wireless networking standard has been around since the 1990s. It’s not as popular on the PC as it is on the Mac, considering that a lot of PC laptops don’t bother coming with Bluetooth hardware [more…]

How to Unpair a Bluetooth Device on Your Windows Network

To see which Bluetooth devices are connected to your computer, click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area and choose the command Show Bluetooth Devices. You see the Bluetooth Devices window, which [more…]

How to Share a Folder in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

The key to accessing information on a peer-to-peer Windows network is to share folders between computers. After a folder is shared, any other user on the network can access it, using its files just like [more…]

How to Share a Folder in Windows XP

The key to accessing information on a peer-to-peer Windows network is to share folders between computers. After a folder is shared, any other user on the network can access it, using its files just like [more…]

How to Change Shared Folder Permissions in Windows XP

Once you have set a folder to be shared on a network, you need to set the permissions for that folder. By default, Windows allows others on the network to only read and copy the files in a shared folder [more…]

How to Change Shared Folder Permissions in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

After setting a folder to be shared folders on a network, you need to set the permissions for that folder. By default, Windows allows others on the network to only read and copy the files in a shared folder [more…]

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