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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft® Windows Vista™ by Shelley O’Hara, Ron Mansfield

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10. Setting Up Windows Vista on a Home Network

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Networking (interconnecting multiple computers so that they can share files, folders, printers, and other things) is quite common today, even in homes with only two computers. Besides making it easy to share files, networking your computers enables members of your household to enjoy multiplayer computer games, and it can let everyone share the same broadband Internet connection.

It used to be that setting up a network was a stupendous task, requiring expert assistance. The process is much easier now. This is partly because virtually all newly purchased computers arrive at your home or office network-ready, and because new network ...

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