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Set Up Network Clients under Windows 8 Using DHCP

After the host is configured, it’s ready to accept connections from the other computers on your network. However, you also have to configure each of those PCs as network clients. Yep, that’s where the buzz phrase client/server comes from. The good news is that you use your friend the Network and Sharing Center.

Make sure that the host computer is connected to the Internet, and reboot each of the client PCs before continuing. Then follow these steps on each PC running Windows 8 that needs to join the network crowd:

  1. Display the Charms bar, click Search, and then click Settings. Type Network into the Search box.

    Be sure you’re using an Administrator-level user account.

  2. Click the Network and Sharing Center button in the Search results pane to display the Network and Sharing Center window.

  3. Click the Local Area Connection link for this client PC to display the Status dialog box, and then click the Properties button.

    Windows 8 displays the Properties dialog box for your network connection.

  4. If the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) entry appears in the item list, click it to select it, and then click the Properties button to display the settings you see here.

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  5. Select the Obtain an IP Address Automatically radio button.

  6. Select the Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically radio button.

  7. Click OK to save your changes.

  8. If the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) entry appears in the item list, click it to select it and click Properties.

  9. Select the Obtain an IP Address Automatically radio button.

  10. Select the Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically radio button.

  11. Click OK to save your changes.

  12. Click OK in the Properties dialog box to return to the Connections window.

  13. Click Close and restart the client PC.

When it completes the boot process, the added client PC should be a member of your network family. Now you can proceed to the next client PC and repeat the procedure.

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