18. Mix and Match with Old Windows and Macs

Networking with Other Operating Systems

Most Microsoft online help and websites tell you how well Windows 7 networking works with Windows 7 and Windows Server computers, but these instructions consider only “vanilla” Windows networks. Real-life networks are seldom so simple, even at home. Often networks have a mix of operating systems, and Windows often has to be coaxed into getting along with them.

On a real-life LAN with multiple OSs, it’s not enough that computers be capable of coexisting on the same network cable at the same time. They need to actually work with each other, or internetwork, so that users of these various systems can share files and printers. At best, this sharing should occur ...

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