Re-create Your Network and/or Create a Homegroup

I’m not a big fan of letting an old Windows XP machine remain in charge of your network and its settings. In fact, I’d actually recommend, if you find yourself in this situation, that you set up a new network from your Windows 7 computer. Let it be in charge; let Windows 7 set up security and sharing. Tear down that old network and begin again. You may find when you do this that you don’t even need that XP machine anymore, or that you can use it as a backup device.

If you set up your network using a Windows Vista machine, that’s actually okay. Despite the bad press, it’s a pretty decent OS, and you can trust it to be in charge of your network. Still, I must say I prefer Windows 7, and I’m still ...

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