Installing a Windows 9x Peer-to-Peer Network


By: Justin Weber
September 5, 2008

Because Windows 95 Supports Plug and Play hardware, it may automatically detect, install, and configure some of the network software components for you, depending on your network hardware and the current configuration of your computer. Therefore, some of the steps outlined in the section below may have already been done for you.

Perform the following steps to install Windows 95 networking software:

1. On the Windows 95 computer, click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel. Double-click the Network icon.
2. In the Network dialog box, examine the list of installed network components. If an entry for your network hardware already exists, proceed to Step 6. Otherwise, continue to Step 3.
3. In the Network dialog box, click Configuration -> Add
4. In the Select Network Component dialog box, click Adapter -> Add
5. In the Select Netowkr Adapters dialog box, under Manufacturers, click the manufacturer of your network adapter hardware. Under Network Adapters, click the model name of your network adapter hardware, and then click OK.

NB1. If your network adapter's manufacturer or model does not appear, and you have a disk or CD-ROM containing Windows 95 drivers, click "Have Disk..." and follow the prompts to install the network adapter driver. If you don't have a driver for the adapter, contact the adapter manufacturer.

6. Once your adapter driver is successfully located and installed, Windows 95 installs other networking components automatically. These include the NetBEUI and IPX/SPX protocols, and the Client for Microsoft Networks (redirector) and Client for Netware Networks (requester). If you are satisfied with this set of components, proceed to Step 9. Otherwise, continue to Step 7.

NB2. The components that Windows 95 installs by default may vary, depending on the version of Windows 95 you have. If you don't have Netware servers in your network, you don't need the IPX/SPX protocol or the Client for Netware Networks. Removing IPX/SPX automatically removes the Client for Netware Networks.

7. To remove a protocol, click the protocol in the list of network components, and click Remove -> OK.
8. To add a protocol, click Add -> Protocol -> Add. In the Select Protocols dialog box, under Manufacturers, click the manufacturer of the network protocol you want to install. Under Protocols, click the specific protocol you want to install, and click OK. To configure the new protocols, on the Configuration tab click the protocol in the list of network components, click Properties, and proceed with configuration.
9. In the Network dialog box, on the Configuration tab, click the network adapter in the list of installed components. (If more than one network adapter is listed, click the one you've just installed.) Then click Properties.
10. Click the Driver Type tab and verify that the driver type is set to Enhanced mode NDIS driver. If it isn't, click to select this setting.
11. Click the Resources tab and verify that the hardware resource settings match your actual network adapter settings. The resource options vary from one adapter to the next, but can include IRQ, I/O address, memory mapped address and DMA channel.

NB3. If an asterisk (*) appears before a hardware resource setting, that setting conflicts with another hardware device installed in the computer. If a hash sign (#) appears before a resource setting, that setting was read directly from the device itself.

12. Click the Bindings tab and verify that the adapter has the correct protocols bound to it. If not, add and remove bindings as necessary.

NB4. Unlike Windows 98, Windows 95 bindings between network adapters and protocols don't appear in the list of components on the Configuration tab. To find out which protocols are bound to a specific adapter, you need to click the network adapter, click Properties, and then click the Bindings tab.

13. When you've finished configuring the network adapter, click Close.
14. In the Network dialog box, click the Identification tab. Type a unique computer name assigned to this computer. The type the name of the workgroup in which this computer will participate. Optionally, type a description for the computer. Ideally, this should be a summary of the specs, or the user.

NB5. By default, Windows 95 configures the computer to use share-level security. If you want user-level security, click the Access Control tab in the Network dialog box. Then, click User-level access control, type the name of the Windows NT Server domain name that contains the list of network user accounts, and click OK.

15. In the Network dialog box, click Configuration -> File and Print Sharing. In the File and Print Sharing dialog box, click to select the checkbox that reads "I Want to be able to allow others to print to my printer(s), or click to select both. The click OK. If you don't select either one, the computer will only act as a Network Client.
16. On the Configuration tab in the Network dialog box, verify that the Client for Microsoft Networks appears in the list of installed components. If it does appear, proceed to Step 18. Otherwise, continue to Step 17.

NB6. If you're using Client for Netware Networks instead of Client for Microsoft Networks, then verify that the client you need is already installed. The remainder of these steps will assume that you want to install and configure Client for Microsoft Networks.

17. On the Configuration tab, click Add -> Client -> Add. In the Select Clients dialog box, under Manufacturers, click the manufacturer of the network client you want to install (in this case Microsoft). Under Clients, click the specific client you want to install (in this case Client for Microsoft Networks). Then click OK.
18. On the Configuration tab, click Client for Microsoft Networks, and then click Properties.
19. In the Client for Microsoft Networks Properties dialog box, on the General tab, under Logon validation, click to clear the checkbox entitled Log on to Windows NT domain, unless you're using a Windows NT Server computer for user access validation.
20. On the General tab, click to select either Quick logon or Logon and restore network connections, depending on when you want network resource connections to be made. Then click OK.
21. In the Network dialog box, click OK. Files are copied, and you may be asked to supply your Windows 95 installation CD- ROM. In the case of Gang-Nail, most recent computers have an image of the CD-ROM in either C:\WIN95 or
C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS. Follow the prompts to copy the files and restart the computer.

That's all Folks.

Originally Written By Kenneth Gregg


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