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Sharing Resources on a Windows 7 Computer with Windows XP Computers

Although you can use LLTD to enable Windows XP to share resources with Windows 7 (and Windows Vista) computers, you must set up a workgroup if you want to share resources on a Windows 7 computer with users of older Windows versions or non-Windows operating systems.

Before you can configure your Windows 7 computer to join an existing workgroup, you need to determine the workgroup's name. To find out the workgroup name:

  1. Go to a Windows XP computer on the workgroup.
  2. Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
  3. Click the Computer Name tab (Figure 11). Note the workgroup name.
  4. Figure 11 This Windows XP computer is on a workgroup named "SELECT."

To configure your Windows 7 computer to connect to the workgroup:

  1. Right-click Computer and select Properties.
  2. Click Change settings in the Computer Name, Domain, and Workgroup Settings section of the System properties sheet (Figure 12).
  3. Figure 12 Preparing to change the Windows 7 computer from WORKGROUP to SELECT.

  4. Click Change Settings on the Computer Name tab (Figure 13).
  5. Figure 13 Using the Change button to change workgroup identification.

  6. Click Workgroup.
  7. Enter the name of your workgroup.
  8. Click OK (see Figure 14).
  9. Figure 14 Changing to the SELECT workgroup.

  10. Click OK on the Welcome to … Workgroup dialog.
  11. Click OK on the prompt to restart your computer.
  12. Click Close on the Computer Name tab of System properties.
  13. Click Restart Now. When your computer restarts, other computers on the network will be able to access your shared resources as soon as you specify what to share.
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