Requirements for Browsing a Windows
Last updated: 2/19/03
Q. What are the configuration requirements to
browse (see) computers and shared resources (files, drives, and printers)
on a Windows peer-to-peer network?
A. The following
requirements must be met to browse the Network Neighborhood/My Network Places
(share files and printers):
1. You must have at least one of the NetBIOS protocols
installed. The NetBIOS protocols are: NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IP. If TCP/IP
does not work by itself, go to Start, Setting, Control Panel, Network, select
the instance of TCP/IP bound to the network adapter for your local network,
Properties, Bindings and be sure the Client for Microsoft Networks and File
and Printer Sharing check boxes are checked. They should not be checked for
any network adapters used to connect to the Internet.
2. All of the computers must be running a common protocol.
3. You must login to Windows or the Microsoft Client for
4. A unique computer name must be specified in Network
5. The workgroup name must be specified in Network configuration
and should be the same as the other workstations.
6. File and Print Sharing must be installed to see yourself
in Network Neighborhood. If File and Print Sharing is not listed in
Network Configuration on other peers/workstations then you will not be able
to view that machine in Network Neighborhood.
7. For Windows NT/2000/XP, the Computer Browser Service
must be running. It can be verified in Windows 2000, for example, with Start,
Settings, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. More info
on what it does and how to troubleshoot it is in: Description
of the Microsoft Computer Browser Service and Troubleshooting
the Microsoft Computer Browser Service.
8. If the above requirements have been met, disable or
enable Browse Masters. A computer that is infrequently used should not be
a Browse Master. There must be at least one Browse Master.
to Network Two Windows 95/98 Computers for
installation details and for instructions on sharing files and printers.
Also, Windows help is useful.
If all else fails, install the NetBEUI protocol in addition
to the TCP/IP protocol. If the NetBEUI protocol does not work with Windows
98, see Unable
to Browse Network With the NetBEUI Protocol.