Install MS PC-to-PC Network
Once the new network card has been installed and you power-on the
Windows95/98 system, 2 things can happen:
Windows95 detects the new card
(This usually happens on PCI and Plug-and-Play ISA-cards)
If it is a board know to Win95, let it use it own drivers,
otherwise you need to supply the new Network-driver software
(usually delivered on a floppy).
Windows95 does NOT automatically detect
the new card
(this is usually the case with non Plug-and-play ISA cards)
Goto the "Control-panel", select "Add new
Hardware" and let Windows95 detect the new board. (If you
know the EXACT type, the Port-address and then IRQ, maybe also
the required DMA), you can save yourself the few minutes of
"search-time" by NOT allowing Windows95 to search, but
by selecting first as "Hardware Type" the "Network
Then, you pick first the manufacturer, then the model of the
(I selected in this example an "NE2000 compatible",
which is a very popular board.
Now, in the "Control-Panel", open the
"Network" applet, it should show the following entries:
Windows95 installs by default the protocols NetBEUI and IPX/SPX, while Windows98 installs only TCP/IP.
I suggest now to verify, that Windows95/98 got it right in its
hardware selection (and if you added the board yourself, you MUST
check it now and define the proper resources).
Click on the line defining the "Network adapter", then
select "Properties", then the tab: "Resources":
Verify, that the settings match the jumpers or Software
Configuration values (Network card
installation and IRQ/INT), change the values if required (it
may require to change the configuration type "Basic
Configuration 0" or higher).
Go back to the "Network" tab:"Configuration":
delete now all items, which are NOT required for a PC-to-PC
(to make it easy in setup, I select as protocol the "Microsoft NetBEUI", because it is simple
(NOTHING to configure) and fast, however, you can also choose to
install IPX/SPX or TCP/IP as protocol, but these protocols require an additional
||- delete "Microsoft Client for
- delete " protocol IPX/SPX"
||- first, ADD "protocol
- then, delete "protocol TCP/IP"
Click now on the button "File and Print Sharing", put
the check-mark on "Sharing disks" and (if required) on
The "Network" tab:"Configuration" should now
Now, you need to define a name for your computer and a
Click on the Tab:"Identification":
Give the computer now a name, which MUST be UNIQUE on the
Give the workgroup a name, which MUST be
the SAME on all connected systems.
When you now close our network-applet, you need your Windows95
CD-ROM (or floppies), because Windows95 needs to load now the
Once rebooted, you will be asked for a User-name. On a Windows95
network (without a NOVELL-server or Windows NT server), you can
enter ANY name as user-name.
But although the network is now installed and should work
properly, you cannot yet access data on other systems, you first
need to take care about Sharing and
Mapping of network drives.