Understanding Network Installations
If you are planning on a fresh installation or upgrading your current computer's operating system and are connected to a network, then you need to understand how your computer participates in the network before you begin the installation or upgrade to Windows XP. If you operate a standalone system that isn't connected to a network (including the Internet), then you can skip this section.
Here are three ways in which you can participate in a Windows network:
Workgroup—You can be part of a simple peer-to-peer workgroup, in which each computer has its own unique computer name. In this kind of network, each computer can offer resources such as file shares or printers to other computers in the same workgroup. This ...