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Adding a Windows 98 Client to the Network

Many households still have Windows 98 (particularly Windows 98 Second Edition; one of Microsoft's most solid operating systems) machines kicking around as "hand-me-downs" for the kids. Unfortunately, the Windows Home Server Connector software won't run on Windows 98 (or, indeed, on anything other than Vista and XP, as described earlier). However, Windows 98 users can still get their own shares on Windows Home Server and access the built-in Windows Home Server shared folders.

Setting Up a New User

If your Windows 98 machine is set up to use the Administrator account or your own user name, you probably want to create a new user for Windows Home Server access. Here are the steps to follow to set up a new user:

  1. On the Windows 98 machine, select Start, Settings, Control Panel to open the Control Panel window.
  2. Double-click the Users icon.
  3. If you already have multiple users on the computer, the User Settings dialog box appears. In this case, click New User to launch the Add User Wizard. (If you don't have multiple users, the wizard starts right away, so skip to step 4.)
  4. Click Next.
  5. In the User Name text box, type the name of the new user.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Type the user's password in the Password and Confirm Password text boxes.
  8. Click Next. The Personalized Items Settings dialog box appears.
  9. If you want to copy items from the current user profile, activate the check boxes in the Items list and leave the Create Copies of the Current Items and Their Content option activated. If you prefer to start fresh, activate the Create New Items to Save Disk Space option.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click Finish. Windows 98 creates the new user and sets up the personalized items (user profile).
  12. If you see the User Settings dialog box, click Close.
  13. If Windows 98 tells you that you must restart Windows (this occurs when you first activate the multiusers feature), click OK.
  14. In Windows Home Server, create a new account (as described in Chapter 4) with the same username and password as the new Windows 98 user. Be sure to give the Windows 98 user access to some or all of the Windows Home Server built-in shared folders (Music, Photos, and so on).

Accessing the Network

With your user account set up on the Windows 98 machine and Windows Home Server, you're ready to access the network shares. In Windows 98, you do this via the old Network Neighborhood, as shown in the following steps:

  1. Log on to Windows 98 using the new user account, if you haven't done so already.
  2. Select Start, Programs, Windows Explorer.
  3. In the Folders list, open the Network Neighborhood branch. (Most Windows 98 systems came with a Network Neighborhood icon on the desktop, so a quick method is to double-click that desktop icon.)
  4. Click the icon for the Windows Home Server. The server shares appear, as shown in Figure 5.5.
    Figure 5.5

    Figure 5.5 In Windows 98, open the Network Neighborhood to access the Windows Home Server.

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