In my job, I am
also involved in supporting Windows95 networking.
Although Networking is usually very simple, sometime there are
unexpected problems, which are difficult to fix, because they are
either very difficult and unknown, or they could also be
"page 1 problems", described on page 1 of the manual or
online-help and are often so simple, that people forget to check
The news-groups are an extremely value source of information, and
when I have a "tricky" question and post it, I hope
(and very often get) for an answer.
When reading the MS news-groups on networking, I see a lot of
messages asking for some basic help, so I though I return some
information to other users, but instead of typing the answers
again and again, I put some guidelines and procedures on this
website and point in my answers to my website, hoping it is
By now, I think that I have covered the most of the basics and
have therefore remove the "Under Construction" sign and
will concentrate more on "Maintenance" of these pages.
However, I will keep adding new pages on related networking
material,in case I encounter an interesting topic, until I will
run out of space on my Webserver-account (and I am already
borrowing some disk-space from my colleague William).
But nobody is perfect: if you find a mistake or have a proposal
to make it even better to understand or to add a new topic,
please drop me a quick note via the
Before starting with the Windows95 specific software
configuration, a fact mentioned in all professional Support
"More than 75% of all
networking problems are caused by hardware problems: the network
board or the network cable".
A very good source of information on Windows95/98 networking is the "real"
Windows95/98 "User's Guide" ( not the thin
booklet delivered with your Windows95/98 CD-ROM or floppies):
||the "Windows95/98 Resource Kit" (1348 pages!),
which Microsoft decided to sell separately at 49.95/69.95
However, if you have Windows95 as CD-ROM (either the Upgrade
version or the OSR1/OSR2), you have the full Resource Kit as
Help-file in \admin\reskit\helpfile as win95rk.hlp and
If your Windows95 is on floppies: sorry, but the helpfile can be
downloaded from Microsoft :
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/default.asp , search that page
for "Resource Kits", then "Windows95" for the
Help-file ( 2.2 MByte)
The book "Windows98 Resource Kit" is even bigger (and
more expensive) than the Windows95 version. But again, it is on
your Windows98 CD-ROM:
Install it by running: \tools\reskit\setup.exe
I am not able to cover everything (for example: since I have myself no use of it and also
not the required hardware, I am NOT covering connections with the
Apple Macintosh or the UNIX-clone
LINUX) , for
really special question, please have a look at the news-groups:
A very good site is also "DejaNews" :http://www.dejanews.com
offering Searching of messages in News-Groups (and unless in the
newgroups, where messages are usually erased after a few
days/weeks, they keep the messages MUCH longer)
If you could not find a solution to your
problem on my website,
you should check for for an answer on:
Cerelli's Windows95 Site
and of course, you can check for an answer by Searching the Microsoft
Animation Control (implemented: June 1,98)
I have learned from your Feedback, that some of you do NOT like
my sounds and animations (regarded as a waste of (online-) time.
My site has been adjusted, allowing now to turn off Sounds and to
reduce the animation's.