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So you've got a brand-new Windows XP Home Edition computer (or you've just upgraded an older system). Now you'd like to network it with the older PC (or PCs) floating around your house. Windows XP Home Edition makes it easy: this concise, step-by-step book makes it easier.
The authors recognize that you're probably not networking two XP systems, and they walk you step-by-step through connecting PCs running older versions of Windows, especially Windows 98 and the somewhat trickier Windows 2000. There's briefer -- but adequate -- coverage of connecting Macs, as well.
You'll learn how to share your Internet connection; use XP's built-in firewall; set up Internet Explorer security zones, and use IE6's new privacy features. There's a full chapter on sharing files (including how to restrict access to a shared folder or file). There are detailed instructions for sharing printers and removable drives.
Most folks build home networks for prosaic reasons -- to share printers or web connections. But once your network's in place, you can get more creative -- and the final chapter of this book points the way. You're in the kitchen and want to get everyone downstairs for dinner? Use Windows Messenger's audio feature. Playing Minesweeper and want some help from the house expert? Share the app. Can't figure out how to use that obscure feature in Word? Use Remote Assistance.
Home Networking with Microsoft Windows XP Step by Step doesn't overburden you with theory or lingo: You learn all this in just 170 pages, glossary and all. Combine Windows XP Home Edition and this book, and Windows home networking is finally, almost, a no-brainer. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.