Once you have given permission to access resources
via the network for Win95/98/ME and /
permission to access
your resources (Sharing) for Windows 2000/XP / XP Home, you can access the network :
make sure, that you Logon to the system using the Network login ("Enter
Network Password" ) :
If you press the ESC-key or click on
"Cancel" then you did NOT
network Username and will not have access to the network !
It is not sufficient to just make Windows
Logon ("Enter Windows Password")
This does not make a login to the network
software, not allowing you then to use the network !
if you intend to
access data on a
Windows 2000/XP system, then you
MUST make sure that the username
(and password) used during the Windows
95/98/ME/2000/XP start-up is identical
the username (and password) defined in
Management of the
system, to which you like to connect.
Like sitting down at the keyboard, where
you need to enter your username, also a
connection via network requires
( below the sctions for Windows 2000 and Windows XP )
access via the "Network Neighborhood"
icon on your desktop:
you can access via the
"My Network Places" icon on
||then the system to which
to connect to, for which all
shared resources will be displayed.
access via the "My Network Places"
icon on your desktop :
||Windows XP will show you all
accessable shares on the network,
to which you have access.
You can also view the computers
in the workgroup by selecting under
"Network Task" :
"View workgroup Computers"
The names of the available resources are the Share-names.
You can now use any Windows Explorer function to
Important: Only systems with "File-and-Print
Sharing" installed and with SOMETHING
shared will be dsplayed in the Network Neighborhood.
If only your own system is shown, see the next section on how the
"Network Neighborhood" works.
||You can also access the
from the File-Open-Dialog
of most Windows programs:
(On some programs, the File-Open-dialog does
not offer to browse the "Network Neighborhood",
in such cases it is required to map a network drive ).
Note: due to the design of Microsoft Networking based on a "Browse-Master",
it may take
a few minutes after reboot of a system, before it shows up in the
How does the "Network
Neighborhood" work ?
If you like to know more about the "Browse Master" and
some of the delays of getting
systems displayed, when systems are switched on :
hood" of "Network Neighborhood" / "My Network
If you are still not getting a proper display,
then check the following:
- verify, that all systems are defined to use the
- only systems with "File-and-Printer Sahring" installed and SOMETHING
shared are displayed.
- test the network
On networks using TCP/IP-protocol, you can find
out which system
is acting as Browse-Master.
If you like to control yourself, which system is acting as the
view the "Properties" of the
"File and Printer Sharing":
by default, the setting for "Browse Master"
is "Automatic", which is
causing the systems to
elect a Browse-Master. You can name a system to be the
Browse-Master by changing the
"Browse Master" value to
"Enabled", but then you MUST
on ALL other systems in this
workgroup change the value to "Disabled".