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Setting Up a Home Network Using Windows XP

Last Updated: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 > Related Articles

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Summary

Learn how to set up a home network using Windows XP.

Solution

Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP. Cox will only provide limited support of Windows XP that includes network connectivity and basic settings. If you require additional support and are using Windows XP Service Pack 3, Cox Tech Solutions may be able to assist. Visit http://www.cox.com/cts or call 877-TEC-SOLV (877-832-7658) for more information about Cox Tech Solutions' services. This is a fee-based service.

For more information regarding Microsoft’s retirement of Windows XP, please visit Microsoft’s website.

The most common reason to network computers is to share a Cox High Speed Internet connection.
To set up a home network using Windows XP, complete the following steps.
1

From the desktop, right-click My Network Places and then click Properties.
 
Note: My Network Places can also be accessed through the Start menu.
 
Properties from My Netwwork Places
 

Result: The Network Connections window displays.

2

Right-click the Local Area Connection icon and then click Properties.
 
Properties from Local Area Connection 1
 

Result: The Local Area Connection Properties window displays.

3

From the General tab, under This connection uses the following items, verify that the following items are checked.

  • Client for Microsoft Networks
  • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
  • QoS Packet Scheduler
  • Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)

Note: Cox does not support file and printer sharing.
 
Checked options
 

If...Then...
None of the items are listedContinue to the next step.
Client for Microsoft Networks is neededComplete Step 5 through Step 7, then skip to Step 14.
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is neededComplete Step 8 through Step 10, then skip to Step 14.
QoS Packet Scheduler is neededSkip to Step 11.
All the necessary items are listedComplete Step 14, then skip to Step 16.

Note: The Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) is a core component of the operating system and should already be a listed item.
4

From the General tab, click Install. 
 
Install button
 

Result: The Select Network Component Type window displays.

5
Under Click the type of network component you want to install, select Client and then click Add.
 
Add button
 
Result: The Select Network Client window displays.
6
Under Network Client, select Client for Microsoft Networks and then click OK.
 
Ok button
  
Result: The Local Area Connection Properties window displays.
7
From the General tab, click Install.
 
Install button
 
Result: The Select Network Component Type window displays.
8
Under Click the type of network component you want to install, select Service and then click Add.
 
Add button
 
Result: The Select Network Service window displays.
9
Under Network Service, select File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks and then click OK.
 
Ok button
 
Result: The Local Area Connection Properties window displays.
10
From the General tab, click Install.
 
Install button
 
Result: The Select Network Component Type window displays.
11
Under Click the type of network component you want to install, select Service and then click Add.
 
Add button
 
Result: The Select Network Service window displays.
12
Under Network Service, select QoS Packet Scheduler and then click OK.
 
Ok button
 
Result: The Local Area Connection Properties window displays.
13
Click Close.
 
Close button
14

Close the Network and Dial-up Connections window, then restart the computer.


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