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From the author of #8: Better Network Management and Troubleshooting

#8: Better Network Management and Troubleshooting

Although Windows XP added integrated wireless network support, its basic network management features were still largely unchanged from older versions. Windows 7's radically restyled Network and Sharing Center (see Figure 3) provides one-stop access to sharing settings, media streaming settings, network setup, and troubleshooting.

Figure 3 Windows 7's Action Center gives you quick access to troubleshooting, security, and maintenance tools.

While familiar command-line diagnostic programs such as Ping, Tracert, and others are still around, Windows 7's GUI-based network troubleshooters provide fast and accurate solutions.

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