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WinXP Tips

Steps to take to check out a WinXP to Win9xME network by rjkrash
Posted: 24 Dec 01

Steps to take to check out a WinXP to Win9xME network.

Note: Things in quotes like "things" are to be typed in without the quotes.

1) On each machine - Start > Run enter "cmd" (w/out the quotes) in the Open box click OK.  (this opens a dos window).

2) At the Command Prompt enter  "ipconfig /all"  and note all the information given.
   Note: You can right click on the title bar of the command window, choose Edit > Select all
            Right click on title bar again select  Edit > Copy
            Open Notepad in Windows, Select edit Paste
            This copies all the info from the Dos window to a file for further study.

3) From each machine using the info from the other machine type at a command prompt
   "ping xxx.xxx.x.x" (insert ip address the other machine has) and note the response.  
    Do the copy paste thing from step 2 note again to keep a record.

4)  Now ping again but put the host name of the other machine instead of its IP address. and again note the response.
    "ping computername" (insert computer name of computer on network)

5)  Right click My Computer on each machine and choose properties and then Computer Name. Check they are all in same workgroup
     NOTE: Workgroup name MUST BE EXACTLY THE SAME on each machine, no spaces and no 'funky' characters.

6)  On each computer Right click Network Places and choose properties , Right click your NIC (Network Interface Card) and
     choose properties - highlight Internet protocol (TCP/IP) and choose properties - note the settings.   
     All IP address should be in the same address range and the subnet masks should be appropriate.  
     A simple home network usually uses 192.168.1.nnn where nnn is any number between 2 and 255 with a subnet mask of The gateway is usually  Check the obtain DNS server automatically box or specify DNS servers if you know them.

7) The WinXP machine must set up its shares with the correct username permissions.  XP is serious about security unlike ME or 9x.  
    Be sure to create a new Sharename. Don't use the default/hidden share e.g. C$.  These are special administrative shares that usually
    only Admin users can/should see/use.

8) To create a share -  Double click My Computer, right click the drive icon or navigate to a folder you wish to share,
    select Sharing and Security, check share this folder if not checked
    On a root drive Click the New Share button and enter a new sharename, comments,
    Click the Permissions button and set the permissions for the users you choose.
    On a folder share enter the sharename and comments and set the permissions...
    Click Apply or OK out of the dialogs and a new share will be created with the permissions you specifed.

   Users that are from other machines but not on the XP Machine should be specified by the UNC notation \\computername\username.

Now that you know what setup your computer is using check that all IP addresses are in the same IP address range.
For example on my network, each machine has 1 NIC . Each one for my has IP address of  through and subnet mask these are set by `Use the IP address`.  I don't use DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) But if you are running DHCP
Choose the 'Obtain an IP address automatically' in the IP settings dialog.  My Router/HUB is my gateway to the Internet Via DSL.  Its IP adress is subnet mask  That is the address I put in the default gateway address.

Your settings may vary, but be sure all IP addresses are in the same range and that subnet masks are appropriate.  You should be able to ping by computer name and by address. If this is true and you use the exact same workgroup name then your machines should see each other and their shares.

If you gather the info and set things correctly and still have problems Post your settings (That's why you may want to do the cut and paste thing.) and then we can analyze and assist..

Take a look at this site it is a very visual step-by-step version of what was said here and more....


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