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Networks: Fast Fixes for Compatibility Problems

If youve got several computers on your home network that all run different versions of Windows, then getting them all to communicate correctly can be tricky. The reason for this is that each revision of Windows that Microsoft has released uses a slightly different default networking configuration. In order to reliably network an assortment of operating systems, youll have to know how to tweak each set-up for network-wide compatibility. With this in mind, this article focuses on what to do when faced with networking problems that are caused by incompatibilities between Windows 7, Vista, and XP machines. By reading this guide and following the step-by-step tutorials, youll learn how to identify various networking errors and what to do in order to rectify them. Weve also got a selection of free software programs for you on the Windows Advisor website to accompany some of the hands-on tutorials that youll encounter in this guide. With these, youll be able to test network speeds, verify TCP ports, and even find files located in hidden network resources. Above all, this article will give you the knowledge and the necessary tools to quickly and confidently fix problems for trouble-free file sharing.

Category: Networks
Issue: 2011 Issue 5 June/July
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Article Reference: N6

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