TIP #1: HOW TO RESET YOUR NETWORKING CONFIGURATION
- For all Windows ME PCs, download and install the networking patch (whether you think you need it or not, it won’t hurt anything) from Microsoft at <a href="http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q272/9/91.ASP" target="_blank">http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/Q272/9/91.ASP</a>
- Go into your Control Panel and double-click on the Network icon. Make sure you have the following items installed
Client for Microsoft Networks
Your Network adapter
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
- If IPX/SPX is not listed, please take the time to install it now. If IPX/SPX and/or Netbeui are not listed as available protocols, please see Tip #2
- Double-click on Client for Microsoft Networks. Make sure Log on to Windows NT domain does NOT have a check in the box next to it. Select Logon and restore network connections. Click OK.
- Double-click on your network adapter, and click the BINDINGS tab. Make sure both TCP/IP and IPX/SPX are listed and both are CHECKED. Click OK.
- Double-click on TCP/IP, click on the tab that says BINDINGS and un-check File and Printer Sharing. Click on the tab that says ADVANCED, and where it says Allow Binding to ATM, make sure the value is NO. Ensure there is a check in the box at the bottom of the window that says Set this protocol to be the default protocol. Click OK.
- Double-click on IPX/SPX and, on the NetBIOS tab, make sure it is UN-checked where it says I want to enable NetBIOS over IPX/SPX. (Unless you are connecting to a Windows 2000 PC, in which case you will want this box to remain checked). Click on the Bindings tab and make sure that Client for Microsoft Networks and File and printer sharing are BOTH checked. Then click OK.
- Double-click on File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks. Click once on Browse Master and make sure its value is set to Automatic. Click once on LM Announce and make sure its value is set to NO. Click OK.
- Below the ADD button, you’ll see a line that says Primary Network Logon, click the down arrow in the window below that and select Windows Logon.
- Below that, you’ll see a button labeled File and Print Sharing, click it once. Make sure that I want to be able to give others access to my files is checked and I want to be able to allow others to print to my printer(s) is also checked. Click OK.
- ) Click on the IDENTIFICATION tab and change your workgroup name to WORKGROUP (please use all capitol letters, the workgroup name can be case-sensitive on some PCs).
- Click on the Access Control tab and make sure that Share-level access control IS selected.
- After you have re-booted, make sure you select what resources you want to share on each PC. To share the C: drive, double-click the My Computer icon, Right-click on the C: drive, click on the Sharing tab and select SHARED AS and click OK. Repeat this process for sharing Printers (right-click on the printer you want to share), or individual directories (right-click on the yellow folder you wish to share). Optional password protection can be found here as well.
- Make sure you do steps 2 through 13 on all Windows 95 and Windows 98 PC’s on your network as well.
- When you re-boot, you should be able to double-click My Network Places, then double-click Entire Network and click VIEW THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF THIS FOLDER (on the left side of the window). If the left side says HIDE THE CONTENTS OF THIS FOLDER, then you did it correctly. You should see the name WORKGROUP here, this should NOT be an empty window. If this window is empty or displays any form of error, please continue with these steps and then locate the error, and the prescribed fix, listed below.
- Click Tools, click Folder Options and click on the View tab. Make sure that Automatically search for network folders and printers IS checked. If it is not, select it and click Apply. Next, click OK.
- Close all windows.
- Click Start, click Run and type REGEDIT and hit enter.
- Click the + symbol next to Hkey_Current_User, click the '+ symbol next to Software, click the + symbol next to Microsoft, click the + symbol next to Windows, click the + symbol next to Current Version, click the + symbol next to Explorer, click the + symbol next to NetCrawl and then click on the yellow folder next to Printers.
- Select each item listed in the window to the right, by clicking once on it, and then press the delete button. DO NOT REMOVE THE FIRST ITEM LABELED '(DEFAULT) Value Not Set'. Repeat this process until the window on the right is empty except for '(Default) value not set'.
- Next, just below the yellow Printers folder, you should see another yellow folder labeled Shares, click once on the yellow folder. Repeat the same process used in step 20.
- Click Registry (at the top of the window) and Click Exit.
- Re-boot the PC.
The network should now work. If it does not, go back to the common problems and their resolutions listed in Tips#1 to Tips #23