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How to Create a PC Network Workgroup

A workgroup is nothing more than a collection of computers on a network. By isolating larger networks into workgroups, you can more easily access other computers. Your computer must belong to a workgroup if you want to easily access other computers in that workgroup. To join a workgroup, simply specify its name:

1

Open the System icon in the Control Panel.

Or choose Start→Control Panel→System. The System Properties dialog box appears.

2

Click the Change Settings link located in the Computer Name, Domain and Workgroup Settings area.

Click the Continue button if you’re prompted with a User Account Control security warning.

3

Click the Change button.

The Computer Name/Domain Changes dialog box appears.

4

In the Member Of area, select the option labeled Workgroup and type the name of the workgroup.

Either enter the name of an existing workgroup or create a new name for your workgroup here. The workgroup name should be short, with no spaces.

5

Click OK three times to close windows.

You want to close the Computer Name Changes dialog box, the welcome message, and the restart message.

6

Click the Close button to dismiss the System Properties dialog box.

You can also close the Control Panel window, if you want.

7

Restart Windows.

To view all computers belonging to the workgroup, open the Network window.

   
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