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1) Common protocol: Either install on all system NetBEUI protocol or TCP/IP

:

Since the default
protocol for
Windows XP is
now TCP/IP,
you should also use
TCP/IP on
the
Windows95/98/ME
system.
(for details on the
selection/
installation of
protocols, please
view the Adjust the
Network
Configuration )

Check on TCP/IP
properties:
for Windows95,
you must
define manually an
IP-address,
for
Windows98/ME,
you can
select to use the
Windows 98
TCP/IP
AutoConfiguration.
however: since the
Windows98
Auto-IP-
configuration will
cause
a delay at startup, I
strongly
suggest to assign
manually an
IP-address (use an
address from
the range
192.168.x.x with
subnetmask

255. Verify the Windows XP Network. By default.255. since the IP-address will not yet be defined. the network will not be ready for a while.255. assigning an IP-address in the same range .0 ) test. Although it will not delay the startup. TCP/IP is installed and configured for an Automatic IP- configuration. I suggest to define the IP-address manually. that you have a working network connection to the Windows2000 system by making the TCP/IP PING test.

that you have a working network connection to the Windows95/98/ME system by making the TCP/IP PING test. 2) Install File-and-Printer Sharing: You need to install the "File-and-Printer Sharing" "File-and-Printer Sharing" is installed already by de . test. as defined on the Windows95/98 system.

that the name of the workgroup is the same as defined on the Windows 2000 system.on Windows95/98/ME as part of the Network see the Windows XP Network Verification. 3) make sure to be in the same workgroup: Check in the Network- Configuration. . configuration. tab: Identification.

tab: Network Identification. adjust it. if required. Check in the Properties of "My Computer". 4) Make the resources available by Sharing disks/folders on Windows95/98/ME and by . that the name of the workgroup is the same as defined on the Windows95/98/ME system.

sharing disks/folders on Windows XP Home Edition / sharing disks/folders on Windows XF Prof. when connecting to Windows XP Professional : . 6) Login on the Windows95/98/ME system on startup with the username and password defined in the step above. 5) If you used Windows XP professional. create a WindowsXP Username for the user working on the Windows95/98/ME system: use Windows XP User Management to create a username and password to be used to logon on the Windows95/98/ME system.

You can use any Username and password to connect to Windows XP Home Edition. then there is a mismatch between the username/password and permission defined on the XP- system and the username/password used when making the logon to the Windows95/98/ME system. . but you MUST define a username (and password. if required) to logon (if you select on the Windows95/98/ME "Enter Network Password" to "Cancel" or press the "ESC-key". then you did NOT logon to the network and can NOT use the network ! ) 7) the Windows95 "Network Neighborhood" should allow you now to access the WindowsXP system and the Windows XP "My Network Places" / "Computers Near Me" access to the Windows: If you get the request to enter a password on connection to a Windows XP Professional system for the IPC$ resource.

when using usernames without any passwords : Although Windows XP allows to logon without passwords. Click here for Johannes Helmig's section.Johannes Helmig is working as Director. About Johannes Helmig Dr.There is a new behavior with Windows XP on network access . Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training. Solution : define on both systems a password for this user or use on Windows XP the Group-Policy Editor to allow network access without passwords. it requires that passwords are defined for users. with special interest in Networking. Share this article Receive all the latest articles by email! . when such users like to connect via the network to shared resources on the Windows XP system : Trying to access from Windows95/98 to Windows XP with matching usernames but using blank ( = no ) passwords will result on Windows95 to an "Unknown Error 31".

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