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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
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All these technical decisions need to be made beforehand, usually by the network administrator — somebody who often looks as harried as the high school principal at the prom.
Computers aren’t the only elements that you can network. You can put printers, modems, CD-ROM drives, USB ports, CompactFlash card readers, and nearly anything else on a network, as well. No need to buy bunches of stuff for each computer; they can all share.
Chapter 9: Sharing It All on the Network
Windows XP divvies up its attention quite well. It lets all the networked computers share a single Internet connection, for instance, and everybody can be online at the same time. Everyone can share a single printer, too. If two people try to print something simultaneously, Windows holds onto the incoming files until the printer is free and ready to deal with them.
Don’t know if you’re on a network? Click the Start button and choose My Network Places. A window appears, showing any computers connected to your own.
Can I get in trouble for looking into the wrong computer?
Sometimes people tell you where to find files and things on your network. They write it on a cheat sheet taped to your computer. If nobody’s dropped you a hint, feel free to grab a torch and go spelunking on your own with My Network Places, described in the next section.
If you’re worried about getting into trouble, the rule is simple: Windows XP rarely lets you peek into networked areas where you’re not supposed to be. In fact, Windows XP is so security conscious that it may keep you from seeing things that you should be able to see. (That’s when you call on the administrator.)
For instance, if you tried to peek inside a forbidden computer named Clementine, an “access denied” message would appear, as shown in Figure 9-4. No harm done.
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Chapter 9: Sharing It All on the Network
A If you’re supposed to be able to read a folder on someone else’s computer and you can’t, just casually tell the administrator, “Pardon me, bloke, but I don’t seem to have permission to access folder X on computer Y. Could you check into that? There’s a good chap.”
A If you do accidentally find yourself in a folder where you obviously don’t belong — for example, the folder of employee evaluations on your supervisor’s computer — that should also be brought to the administrator’s attention.
How do I access other networked computers?
The best and fastest way to knock on the doors of other networked computers is to head for the Start button and click My Network Places. A window pops open, such as the one in Figure 9-5, and you might see some folders living on other computers.
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Figure 9-5:
Click My Network Places from the Start button to see folders on other computers that you can access.
Chapter 9: Sharing It All on the Network
Icons for networked folders — folders living on computers connected to yours — look slightly different than icons for your own computer’s folders. A sheet of paper sticks out of the top and a little wire runs beneath them. Networked folders work the same, though: Double-click them to see what’s inside, just like any other folder.
There’s a catch, however: You’re only able to poke inside another computer’s folder if somebody has decided to share it. (Other sections in this chapter show how to share your own folders.)
Sometimes an entire hard disk is shared; for example, other people have permission to come into that computer and stroll around that particular hard disk, pinching peaches and thumping melons. Other times, the sharing involves merely a folder or two. Windows XP, for instance, always makes its Shared Music and Shared Pictures folders available on the network so that everybody can peek at the same photo album and share the same CDs.
A Networks being what they are, it’s hard to predict what you’ll see in your own My Network Places. Just about everybody’s network is set up differently. But there’s absolutely no rule against looking around. If you’re just curious, start spelunking by clicking folders.
A To see any currently networked printers, open My Network Places from the Start menu and click Printers and Faxes in the Other Places section along the left side. Icons for networked printers look just like those for regular printers, but with that telltale cable running beneath.
A The My Network Places window uses the networked folder icon for just about anything inside. Figure 9-5, for instance, shows a networked floppy drive and a networked Sony Memory Stick; both use a networked folder icon.
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