Setting up a network in Windows XP has been made easier by the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard. By following a few simple steps, you can have your PC integrated into the current LAN or you can start a local network from scratch. Follow the steps below to setup a networked computer in XP by using the wizard, then transfer those setting to additional PCs on the network.
Click Start > Control Panel > Network Connections.
- In Network Connections choose “Create a new connection”.
- In the New Connection Wizard window click “Next”.
- Select Setup a home or small office network. Then click Next.
- Click “Finish” to close the New Connection Wizard and start the Network Setup Wizard.
- In the Network Setup Wizard window click Next.
- If you have Internet Connection Sharing enabled, you will be asked if you want to use the shared connection. Select No, let me choose another way to connect to the Internet using the radio buttons. Then click Next.
- Select “This computer connects to the Internet through another computer on my network or through a residential gateway” and then click Next.
- Enter a description of your computer (something like “Family Room PC” or “Office Computer”). Next, you’ll have to select a name for the computer. This will be used to identify your computer on the network (like “Computer1”, or “Bobs Computer”). All PCs on a network must have a unique name. Click Next when finished.
- Next to Workgroup name enter the name of your workgroup. This is important because the workgroup name will also have to match the SSID of your router if you plan on installing one. A workgroup name identifies a group of computers on a network. If you plan on allowing these computers to communicate with each other, the workgroup name must be the same on all computers and match the router’s SSID.
- Review the settings you are about to apply. Click Next.
- Select Create a Network Setup Disk. This will help you create a floppy that you can use to help configure other PCs on the network. Then click Next.
You will be asked to put in a disk. Insert the disk into the drive that you selected previously. To format the disk click “Format Disk”. Then click Next.
The Network Setup Wizard then copy the necessary files.
Your computer will need to be restarted before the settings take effect.