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Setting Up a Home Network Using Windows XP

Last Updated: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 > 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://ww2.cox.com/residential/tech-solutions.cox 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

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

 

Result: The Network Connections window displays.

2

Right-click the Local Area Connection icon, then click the Properties button.
 
Note: In this example, Local Area Connection 1 is used.
 

 

Result: The Local Area Connection Properties window displays.

3

On the General tab, under This connection uses the following items, verify that the following components 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.
 

 

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

On the General tab, click the Install button.
 

 

Result: The Select Network Component Type window displays.

5
Under Click the type of network component you want to install, select Client, then click the Add button.
 

 
Result: The Select Network Client window displays.
6
Under Network Client, select Client for Microsoft Networks, then click the OK button.
 

  
Result: The Local Area Connection Properties window displays.
7
On the General tab, click the Install button.
 
Note: In this example, the window is named Local Area Connection 1 Properties.
 

 
Result: The Select Network Component Type window displays.
8
Under Click the type of network component you want to install, select Service, then click the Add button.
 

 
Result: The Select Network Service window displays. 

As of April 9, 2014, 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://ww2.cox.com/residential/tech-solutions.cox or call 877-TEC-SOLV (877-832-7658) for more information about Cox Tech Solutions' services.

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

9
Under Network Service, select File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks, then click the OK button.
 

 
Result: The Local Area Connection Properties window displays. 
10
 On the General tab, click Install.
 
Note: In this example, the window is named Local Area Connection 1 Properties.
 

 
Result: The Select Network Component Type window displays. 
11
Under Click the type of network component you want to install, select Service, then click Add.
 

 
Result: The Select Network Service window displays. 
12
Under Network Service, select QoS Packet Scheduler, then click OK.
 

 
Result: The Local Area Connection Properties window displays. 
13
Click the Close.
 
Note: In this example, the window is named Local Area Connection 1 Properties.
 
14

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

15
Create a workgroup on each personal computer (PC).
 
Note: For more information about creating a workgroup on each PC, go to Create a Workgroup in Windows XP.
16
Set up a Cox Shared folder on the primary PC.
 
Note: For more information about setting up a Cox Shared folder on the primary PC, go to Set up a Shared Folder on the Primary PC in Windows XP.
17
Set up file and print sharing on the primary PC.
 
Note: For more information about setting up file and print sharing on the primary PC, go to Configure File and Printer Sharing in Windows XP.
 
Important: If not properly configured, file and print sharing features could allow other Cox High Speed Internet users to access the hard disk. Leave file and print sharing off unless there is a specific reason to enable it, and then use password protection.
 
Technical support is only offered to Cox Home Networking customers. For each computer that will be on the home network, repeat Step 2 through Step 17.

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