Network Setup Wizard overview

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

After you have set up and physically connected your computers together, the Network Setup Wizard guides you through setting up your home or small office network. Once the wizard is run, you can share resources such as files, printers, and an Internet connection with all of the computers on your network.

You start by running the Network Setup Wizard on your Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) host computer. During the wizard you:

Configure all the computers on your network to use one Internet connection.

Enable the Internet Connection Firewall.

Enable the Network Bridge on the Windows XP computer if it has multiple network adapters installed.

Name your computer and provide a computer description.

Once you have configured your ICS host computer, you must run the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard on your computers using Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows XP. The wizard makes it easy and simple to get your computers talking to each other.


To start the Network Setup Wizard, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. Under Common Tasks, click Network Setup Wizard

The Network Setup Wizard can only be run on computers using Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP Professional.

After you run the wizard, you can access files and folders on other computers, play multi-player games with other household members and people on the Internet, and surf the Web simultaneously from different computers on the network.

Related Topics

Configure other computers on your network using a floppy disk

Steps for creating a home or small office network

Hardware requirements overview

Start the Network Setup Wizard

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