To add a wired (Ethernet) computer running Windows XP

  • Plug the computer into a hub, switch, or router and then turn it on. (If your home has Ethernet wiring and you have a jack in the room where the computer is, you can plug the computer into the Ethernet jack instead.)
  • Log on to the computer as an administrator.
  • Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Computer Name tab, and then click Change.
  • If the workgroup name is not WORKGROUP, change the name to WORKGROUP, and then click OK.

Note If you had to change the workgroup name, you will be prompted to restart your computer. After you restart, click Start, and then click My Network Places. In the left pane, under Network Tasks, click View workgroup computers. You should see icons for the other computers that are currently part of your network.


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