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Windows 7, XP, & Vista – Networking computers running different versions of Windows

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If you’ve previously set up a home network using computers running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you’ll find that setting up a network with a mix of computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 is similar. There are a few important differences though, and understanding what’s different can help you avoid problems.

networking computersIn this article you’ll find important information about:

  • What’s changed since Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • If all computers on your network are running Windows 7, create a homegroup
  • If your network contains computers running different versions of windows, put all computers in the same workgroup
  • Set the network location to Home or Work
  • Make sure your firewall allows file and printer sharing
  • Turn on additional file and printer sharing options
  • Consider using password-protected sharing
  • To share a file or folder
  • Using the network map

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Nancy Smyth, Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.
QuickBooks Construction & Payroll Expert


I've been using and supporting QuickBooks products since the early 1990's. I've worked with thousands of contractors, assisting them with QuickBooks setup, Certified Payroll Reporting requirements, AIA Billing and Weighted-Average Overtime.


QuickBooks is a powerful product, but learning how to use it in your construction business can be difficult. I hope you find resources available here to be helpful.

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