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