On Thu, 3 Sep 2009 07:26:30 -0400, "Bitz" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Steve, However I assume that the often repeated statement from the Windows
>Help file "It's important to use the same workgroup name for all of the
>computers on your network." is true for my Private home network of two
>computers, one running Vista Home Premium, the other XP-Home. I asked this
>question because I had retreated to fundamentals trying to fix a problem
>with my own network after not getting a response to the broader problem I
>offered here 8/28 "New Use Syntax on Vista." I recieved no responses to that
>question. I do have both computers named the same now know to ignore the
>Network Name as a factor. Any suggestions you might have on rephrasing my
>earlier question to clarify?
Hi, Ed. It's really not important to use the same workgroup name for
all of the computers in XP and Vista, despite what the Help file,
Knowledge Base, newsgroups, forums, and networking web sites say.
There's a lot of networking misinformation out there, as I describe on
my web site:
Windows Networking Myths
Workgroup names serve no practical purpose in XP and Vista. Computers
from all workgroups appear in XP's "My Network Places" and in Vista's
Using the same workgroup name for all computers helps a little in
Windows 95 and 98, because only computers in the current workgroup
appear in the default view of Network Neighborhood. But it's easy to
see other workgroups and their computers, too.
I'll look at your 8/28 message.
Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Desktop Experience)
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program