Tips for Providing Network between Microsoft® Windows® 7, Microsoft® Windows® XP and Microsoft® Windows® Vista
What are the requirement for networking between Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista?
A network connection is technology which enables you to connect two or more systems together. Advantages of the network connection include file sharing and resource sharing between two systems. You can share printer, scanner and other hardware between the systems connected together. Another advantage of network connection is the reduced cost for software by sharing of software.Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP are operating systems from windows in which the requirement to provide networking between all these computers includes networking hardware like network card and setting sharing permission in all the three systems. While you try to connect these computers with different version of Windows, make sure that network is turned "ON" in all of them.
Tips to provide network connection between Windows® 7, Windows® XP and Windows® Vista are given below:
- Network adapters
- Work Group
- Network location
Network adapters or network cards are the most important hardware which need to set network connection either at home or the Internet. Physical damage of network card in any of the system can make networking impossible. Network adapters can work well only if the software of the device works smoothly. Network driver is the software program which allows network adaptor or card in all the computers to communicate with the installed operating system installed in it. You need to install the latest driver and keep this updated to avoid network driver problems. You also need to install only compatible driver in the particular operating system.
Work Group is the facility to have network connection between computers with different version of Operating system. For this you need to set Work Group feature in all the computers and the default work Group can be different in various computers. To configure Work Group in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, you need to go to system properties and change the Work Group name to similar one.
For Windows Vista you need to set the location type to private. There are three different location types which can be public, private and domain. Public location means this computer can be used by any user. Private location means the system is connected to the network which can only be used by a single user. Domain is used for computers with Active Directory Domain Controller.
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