Networking Windows XP and Windows
9X/Me and Sharing a Broadband Internet Connection With a Router
Last updated: 12/22/01
Q. How do I get a Windows 98 (95, 98 SE, Me) computer
to work with a Windows XP computer on a network using a combination broadband
router/Ethernet switch to connect the network and share the Internet?
A. Try removing all protocols on both computers
except TCP/IP. I have found that Windows XP has problems with other
computers running NetBEUI.
Suggest using dynamic IPs and getting IP addresses automatically
from the router's DHCP server. It should also
provide he DNS info automatically and you should be able to turn-off DNS
in the TCP/IP properties.
You may also have to activate the Guest account on XP computers...
Start, Control Panel, Category View, Performance and Maintenance, Computer
Management, System Tools, Local Users and Groups, Guest, and uncheck Account
is disabled, if it is.
When getting an IP from a router DHCP... With the Windows
Explorer on the XP computer, right-click My Network Places, Properties, select
TCP/IP associated with the network adapter, WINS tab, and select Enable NetBIOS
over TCP. The default is:
"Use NetBIOS from a DHCP server. If static address is
used or the DHCP does not have a NETBIOS setting, enable NetBIOS over TCP."
Drive sharing on the XP computer: My Computer, right-click
C:, Sharing and Security, Sharing. It had drive C: shared as C$, the default
share. This share is not visible to other computers on the network. Clicked
New Share and added a new share name of “C” without the “”. Clicked Permissions
and verified that Everyone had full permissions. OK, OK, Apply, OK.