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General Network Troubleshooting & Tutorials

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General Networking

How to Use the NET VIEW Command in Windows XP

This article describes how to use the net view command to view a list of computer or network resources. NET VIEW displays a list of domains, computers, or shared resources available on a specific computer.
New Network Device Prompts Message When You Resume from Hibernation

After you install a new network device, you may receive either of the following messages when you first resume operation after the computer hibernates:

You may need to run the Home Networking Wizard to continue sharing your Internet Connection. Click here to run the Home Networking Wizard.

Windows has detected the installation of a new networking device. If you want to set up a network, click here to run the Network Setup Wizard.

Advanced network adapter troubleshooting for Windows workstations

This article describes advanced troubleshooting for network adapters. Typical error messages include the following:

Error 55: "The specified network resource is no longer available"
(ERROR_DEV_NOT_EXIST).

Error 64: "The specified network name is no longer available"
(ERROR_NETNAME_DELETED).

Error 121: "The semaphore timeout period has expired"
(ERROR_SEM_TIMEOUT).

Error 1231: "The remote network is not reachable by the transport"
(ERROR_NETWORK_UNREACHABLE).

Inbound connections limit in Windows XP

At a computer that is running Windows XP, when you attempt to connect to another Windows XP computer, you may receive the following error message: No more connections can be made to this remote computer at this time because there are already as many connections as the computer can accept.
How to troubleshoot home networking in Windows XP

Discusses how to troubleshoot several issues that you may experience when you use Windows XP Home Networking.
How to troubleshoot network connectivity problems

Lists various causes for network connectivity problems and provides troubleshooting steps.
Network Problems with a Router in Windows XP

Explains how to fix issues with peer-to-peer networks that cannot browse a local connection or find another computer on your network. Whilst the title explicitly refers to XP HE, the articles are fully applicable to XP Professional.
You experience intermittent connectivity when you connect to a network from a computer that is running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

If the computer connects to the network, you may receive the following error message: The Windows Time Service was not able to find a Domain Controller. A time and date update was not possible.
 
How to prevent the Network Setup Wizard from creating a bridge in Windows XP

Describes how to stop the Network Setup Wizard from automatically bridging network connections.
A Description of the Repair Option on a Local Area Network or High-Speed Internet Connection

This article describes what actions are taken if you select the Repair option on a local area network (LAN) or high-speed Internet connection.
Unsuccessful completion of the Home Networking Wizard

Upon an unsuccessful completion of the Home Networking Wizard, you may receive the following error message: Cannot complete the Home Networking Wizard. An error has occurred during configuration of home networking on this computer.
You may be unable to browse the network

When you attempt to browse the network by means of either My Network Places or a program (that can access network resources), your computer may experience an extreme slowdown or the program may display a "Not Responding" message.
How to search for a computer on the network in Windows XP

Discusses how to search for a computer on a network in Windows XP.
My Network Places Does Not Keep an Accurate List of Network Resources

Shares that are no longer available on the network may be displayed in My Network Places. When a computer that shares a resource is removed from the network, the entries in My Network Places may remain.
Slow Browsing to Windows 98 or Windows Me Clients from Windows XP

If the following conditions exist, you may experience slow browsing for file shares and printers that are on Microsoft Windows 98-based or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition-based computers: You are browsing from a Windows XP-based client...
Windows XP Quality of Service (QoS) enhancements and behaviour

This article describes the enhancements in QoS that are available in Windows XP.
Your Network Adapter Does Not Work and Windows XP Does Not Include a Compatible Driver for the Network Adapter

After you install Windows XP or upgrade to Windows XP, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms: Your network adapter does not work, and you do not have network connectivity or any related network functionality.
Network Diagnostics for Windows XP is available to help identify and fix network connection problems

This article discusses the Network Diagnostics for Windows XP tool. This tool is available to help you identify and fix connection problems. These connection problems may occur with computers on a home network that connect to the Internet by using a cable modem or by using a digital subscriber line (DSL) modem.

The Network Diagnostics for Windows XP tool can help troubleshoot some of the most common connection problems that you may encounter in a home networking environment.

To diagnose network connectivity status, the Network Diagnostics for Windows XP tool analyses the following tests:
  • IP configuration test
  • Default gateway test
  • Winsock test
  • DNS test
  • Firewall test
  • Internet connectivity validation test
How to troubleshoot the following message in Windows XP: "A network cable is unplugged"

This article describes how to troubleshoot the following message in Microsoft Windows XP:

A network cable is unplugged

You may receive this message when you use a network cable to connect to a local area network (LAN) or to the Internet.
Bridge May Not Work With a Non-Promiscuous Mode Network Adapter

Some network interface cards (NICs) may not work after you try to create a network bridge. Specifically, the bridge seems to be created but it does not work (traffic is not passed).

Proxim Symphony Cordless PnP ISA card
DWL-120 USB 802.11b
5.8GHz RadioLAN card

Microsoft Networking Tutorials

How to Set Up a Small Network with Windows (PART 1)
     
This article includes Part 1 of the "Set Up a Small Network with Windows XP Home Edition" guide. Part 1 introduces this topic. Whilst the title explicitly refers to XP HE, the articles are fully applicable to XP Professional.
     
Part 2 Buying the network hardware
Part 3
How to connect the computers
Part 4
How to install the network card
Part 5
How to configure TCP/IP
Part 6
Set computer names and workgroup
Part 7
How to share folders
Part 8
How to share a printer
Home and Office Networking with Windows XP
     
What a Home or Small Office Network Can Do for You
The Main Home & Small Business Network Types

What Does it Take to Build a Network?

Setting Up Your Home Network

What Are the Choices for Going Online?

Connecting a Computer to the Internet

Connecting Your Network to the Internet: An Overview

Connecting Your Network to the Internet: Making Decisions

Do I need an ISP?

Sharing Printers: An Overview

Sharing Files and Folders with Those You Trust: An Overview

Troubleshooting Your Network

Home Networking Glossary

Using Crossover Cables in Home or Peer-to-Peer Networks

Microsoft Networking is based on the Ethernet 802.3 standard (Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection). The Ethernet 802.3 standard does not specifically forbid the use of crossover cables, but the implementation of crossover cables is beyond the scope of the standard.

Microsoft will make every reasonable effort to assist you in troubleshooting home or peer-to-peer networking issues. However, if you use crossover cables when you configure your home or peer-to-peer network, Microsoft does not guarantee that issues will be resolved.