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Hi there,
I gave this same reply to another person earlier today,
but i think you could benifit from the advise i gave.

Networking is mostly easy enough do do but sometimes
proves to be difficult. Firstly you need to make sure you
have the correct type of Cat5 cables, As you are using a
switch you we need two straight through cables (one to
each machine), then you will need to be sure that the
L.E.D'S on the rear of the NIC's (Network interface card)
are lit and the corresponing L.E.D's on the switch are
also lit. once you have done the above you then need to
move on to configuring the network.

Machine A and Machine both need to be configured.

Machine A - Open up the properties for the network
connection and open up the internet protocol TCP/IP
properties - Make sure that you enter a unique ip address
I.E 192.168.1.2
with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0

Machine B - Open up the properties for the network
connection and open up the internet protocol TCP/IP
properties - Make sure that you enter a unique ip address
I.E 192.168.1.3
with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0

You can leave the default gateway and DNS server blank as
you dont want share the internet connection. so by doing
the above should be enough to configure the network. you
will still need to do a few more things before you are
ready to go.

You will need togive each machine a unique name I.E
Machine_A and Machine_B, you will also need to give them
botha workgroup name which needs to be the same on both
computers I.E Office Network.
This should just about do it and the netowrk should work
and they should be able to ping each and access network
shares.

If you need any more help please dont hesitate to ask.




I'm having an issue with a Toshiba laptop running XP and a linksys
instant wireless card (wpc11). The card will enable, but when I try
to receive an ip address, it says its unable to connect to the dhcp
server. DHCP is enabled on this laptop and we know the wireless
access point and router do work for other laptops.

The Linksys knowledge base says the wireless zero configuration needs
to be running because I'm not receiving a wireless networks tab when
I'm in the wireless card properties window. I checked and the
wireless zero configuration service wasn't running. It is set to
start automatically and I can start it manually, but when I reboot, it
doesn't start again. The user is an administrator on the pc. He is
currently logging into our domain, so I logged in as administrator on
the pc itself and the service still isn't starting.

I have downloaded the XP driver from the linksys website. And I have
applied a microsoft patch K826942 which is for wireless fixes. After
I loaded that, I now receive an Authentication tab in the wireless
properties box instead of a wireless card tab. When I click on it,
there is a box that checked and it says enable IEEE 802.1x
authentication for this network.

Does anyone know why the wireless zero configuration is service might
not be starting on it's own? And, is this really my problem with this
linksys card or am I looking in the wrong place?




When I posted this earlier, I didn't catch that my email
address was not on the post. So I've posted it again and
if you have any help, please contact me. Thanks.

After SP 2 my computer has slowed down to a crawl. It
takes forever for windows to load. I have checked task
manager and "svchost.exe : system" is taking all
available cpu 96-98%. I have only let it run for 20-25
minutes at the longest without it ever finishing loading.
My Icon taskbar at the bottom stays locked up until I end
task the "svchost.exe : system". I don't know what
effect this may have on the overall operation of the
computer. I can't get on the internet nor most of my
network. It is a Dell Interspiron 8100 laptop running XP
Home. Also on my Dell Dimension 4500 running XP Pro, I
can't get the scans from our central scan, printer, fax,
etc. unit. This was working fine before the download.
However the printing functions seem to work fine. Any
help would be appreciated.
..




We are rolling out about 180 new IBM ThinkPad R51 laptops with XP SP2
installed. These are all joining the domain and receiving the Group
Policies correctly. I know this is the case because:

1. the Firewall settings are exactly what is configured in the Group Policy
I have for the SP2 firewall
2. I get Event Log entries saying the attempt to install SP1 (done on all of
our XP computers via Group Policy) fails as expected
3. other things set by Group Policy are set correctly

However, on at least some of them, the SP2 firewall allways (or at least
nearly always) selects the Standard firewall profile. This means that we
can not remotely administer these computers because, via Group Policy, the
Standard firewall profile has no Exceptions. Occasionally, after a restart
(without moving or disconnecting the network cable), the Domain firewall
profile is selected.

Now, according to
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/com...uy/cg0504.mspx, the
firewall feature determines which profile to use (Standard or Domain) based
on the "Connection specific DNS suffix" and what it was set to when the last
Group Policy updates were received.

I've checked (using ipconfig /all) that the computers selecting the Standard
profile have the exactly the same Connection Specific DNS suffix as those
that are consistently selecting the Domain profile.

All of these computers have been restarted several times while being
connected to the network via Ethernet cable.

I've also (while logged on as an administrator) issued the gpupdate command
to force a Group Policy update (after verifying that the Connection Specific
DNS Suffix is correct), then restarted, but the computer still gets the
Standard firewall profile.

I've tried disconnecting then reconnecting the network cable; issuing
ipconfig /release, ipconfig /renew; without any success.

I've disabled the wireless network adapter (there is no wireless network in
the office) - still get the Standard firewall profile.

I did not encounter this issue when beta testing SP2, nor while I was
testing the firewall Group Policy on the 4 Windows XP SP2 (RTM) computers
(domain members - same domain) at my desk. On these computers, the Domain
Firewall Profile is always selected when the computer is connected to the
office network and the Standard profile when it is not - just as advertised.
If I disconnect the netrwok cable, the profile changes to Standard; when I
plug the network cable back in again, the profile changes back to Domain.

So:

1. what diagnostic tools/logs etc. are available to determine why the
Standard profile is selected incorrectly?
2. is there are fix (or workaround) for this problem?

The new computers were "imaged" from the same copy of the system image
(created via Sysprep and Ghost).
--
Bruce Sanderson MVP

It's perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.




This post is very long. Please read only if you are patient enough to help a
newbie. These questions mostly pertain to XP networking, and this seems the
best forum for networking. Referrals and suggestions are very welcome. Even
if you can answer just one or two of my many questions here, that will help
a lot. Just quote the text you are replying to so I know which question you
are answering. I get confused rather easily.

Before beginning the networking questions, in Belarc Advisor under
"Installed Microsoft Hotfixes," SP2 (KB811113) does not have a green
checkmark next to it (lacks the data to allow verification). Is that normal?
All updates after SP2 show up as SP3, and all of them do have green
checkmarks and are verified. Here is a synopsis.

BELARC ADVISOR 6.1f
---------------------------
Unmarked hotfixes lack the data to allow verification.
(C) marks a hotfix that verifies correctly.
(X) marks a hotfix that fails verification (failing hotfixes need to be
reinstalled)

Installed Microsoft Hotfixes
----------------------------
..NETFramework
1.1
S867460 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
M886903 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
DataAccess
Q832483 on 3/6/2005 (details...)
KB870669 (details...)
Internet Explorer 6
SP1
(C) KB867282-IE6SP1-20050127.163319 on 3/6/2005 (details...)
Internet Explorer
SP2 (SP2)
Outlook Express 6
SP1
(C) KB887797-OE6SP1-20041112.131144 on 3/6/2005 (details...)
Windows Media Player
(C) WM817787 (details...)
(C) Q828026 (details...)
Windows Media Player (continued)
SP0
(C) Q828026 on 3/6/2005 (details...)
Windows XP
SP2
KB811113[SP] on 3/8/2005 (details...)
SP3
(C) KB867282 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB873333 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB873339 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB885250 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB885835 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB885836 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB886185 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB887472 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB887742 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB887797 on 3/12/2005 (details...)
(C) KB888113 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB888240 on 3/13/2005 (details...)
(C) KB888302 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB890047 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB890175 on 3/8/2005 (details...)
(C) KB891781 on 3/8/2005 (details...)

In another area of Belarc, Local System accounts show "HelpAssistant" and
"SUPPORT_388945a0" as disabled accounts. Is that because I disabled Remote
Assistance and Remote Desktop in Control Panel - System - Remote? Could it
also be because I disabled Messenger from starting up with Windows?

Is this a good place to get help with what I need, or is there an online
forum for newbies you might recommend, because this could take a while. I
basically need instructions that an idiot could understand.

I will also need help determining which of the numerous Services that start
up in WinXP I need and which I do not. The MSCONFIG in XP sucks. I can't
maximize it, and there is hardly any information in either MSCONFIG or the
Task Manager under Services. Program names and paths are not mentioned, just
names of processes. How do they expect me to find anything? I need a good
third-party Startup Manager/Task Manager in one program that is not very
expensive. WinTasks Pro is too expensive. One option is the Ultimate
Troubleshooter, which is $25. I haven't it tried yet, but I am open to other
options. Their site has a list of Processes (Services). SysInfo has a list
of Startups. Spybot helps me to some extent with Startups but not Processes
or Services.

Startups
http://sysinfo.org/startuplist.php

Processes
http://www.liutilities.com/products/...rocesslibrary/
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Taskl...s/tasklist.htm

Some of those XP background processes might be what is causing my LAN to cut
out from time to time. When that happens I lose both Internet access and
network access. One of the network icons disappears from my taskbar. Other
times it doesn't, and when I click on it to "repair" it it freezes. When I
try to bring up "Network Connections" it freezes. A reboot brings everything
back to normal. Firewall, antivirus and antispyware are all up-to-date, full
system malware scans are run regularly, including online scans. I really
don't think malware is the problem. I think it's background processes in XP,
but I just don't know enough about them to mess with any of them. XP has
only been installed for a few days on both PCs. Both of us are new to it.

Please assistant with Network Setup and with Binding/Unbinding TCP/IP from
File and Printer Sharing for better security. I am the "network
administrator" of this home network but new to XP and not a techie or
certified expert. Many web sites and Microsoft articles about networking are
geared toward more advanced users, and I do not understand all that is in
them. Need step-by-step advice. Forgive me if too much information is below.
Better to have too much than not enough.

At present, only two XP Pro SP2 computers are connected, this one and one
other desktop. I do not know how to connect the Win95a and Win98se laptops
or if it is even possible since they use 16-bit PCMCIA to connect to the
ethernet hub. The XP network setup wizard does not support Win95. The old
laptops connected fine to the network when this computer and the other
desktop both used Windows Me.

With XP, it is all user-level rather than share-level access, and I don't
know how to configure Win9x for user-level access. Let's do that later after
we get things configured properly for the two XP machines. Also, I need to
password protect the shared folders, the access to each computer, and each
network printer. Can't see how to do that with XP. With 9x, it was easy to
password-protect a shared printer or a shared drive.

SBC Yahoo! DSL Technical Support and 2Wire Technical Support state that the
2Wire Home Portal 1000HW is both a DSL Modem and a Router. I do not know if
it is a gateway, but I suspect it is for three reasons: (1) Windows uses the
word "gateway" in the name for the connection, (2) Windows preselects the
"residential gateway" option in the network setup wizard, and (3) the 2wire
people say that I cannot connect a separate "residential gateway" to the
device.

NETWORK CONFIGURATION
------------------------
10BaseT Ethernet Network
One Workgroup, No Domain
4 Computers (only 3 can connect at a time)
This computer is the Network Administrator
This computer is XP Pro SP2 (3 local users)
DSL modem/router uses DNS/DHCP/NAT (functions as a gateway?)
DSL modem/router has a hardware firewall
DSL modem/router is wired to this PC by USB 2.0 (10Mbps)
DSL modem/router is wired to a 10BaseT 4-port ethernet hub (10Mbps)
Other computers connect to this PC and the Internet by ethernet hub
This computer has no cable directly to the hub (or there would be conflicts)
PCs CONNECTED: (1) XP Pro SP2 PC (same 3 local users)
PCs DISCONNECTED: (1) Win95a PC and (1) Win98se PC
FILE & PRINTER SHARING: Enabled
INTERNET cONNECTION SHARING: Disabled (incompatible with DHCP modem/router)
WINDOWS FIREWALL: Off (because ZoneAlarm firewall is On)
THIRD-PARTY FIREWALL: On (Zone Alarm Pro 5.5)
IP ADDRESSES: Obtained automatically by DHCP
BINDINGS: Default settings (insecure)

** Is my current network peer-to-peer or client/server? **

TRANSPORT PROTOCOL LAYER
---------------------------
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)..............Properties available
Aegis Protocol (IEEE 802.1x) v2.3.1.9...Properties grayed out
NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol...Properties available
NWLink NetBIOS..........................Properties grayed out

All protocols were automatically installed and configured by Windows except
for IPX/SPX, which I added after reading that that protocol (or NetBEUI) is
the key to separating File and Printer Sharing from TCP/IP. I just don't
know how to do it. On the options for each network connection in XP, I see
nothing about bindings. In Win9x, the bindings options are easier to find.

HARDWARE ADAPTER LAYER
-------------------------
1394 Net Adapter
2Wire Gateway USB
MAC Bridge Miniport (Network Bridge)
Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC (Disabled)
HSP56 Micromodem (COM3) (56k Dial-up Fax Modem)

- Realtek is disabled, nothing is plugged into my ethernet port. A Z65n
network printer will go there later to replace my existing Z42 parallel port
printer. We don't have a cartridge for the Z65n. That's the only reason
we're not using it.

- The Network Bridge connects 1394 and Realtek, so that the new Z65n
printer, once installed, will be available to the existing network.

- The 1394 Net Adapter is used with my network and/or the Internet, but I am
not exactly how or what it does. Windows automatically configured it. The
1394 sounds like firewire, but I don't have any firewire devices installed.
Firewire is enabled on the mainboard, but I'm not using it. Or am I using it
through this adapter? Is this just an internal connection needed for Windows
to set up the Internet and the network? Windows needs at least two adapters
for that, according to the XP Help and Support.

** Which adapter is the one that connects to the Internet, 1394 or 2Wire? **

** Which adapter should be used for File & Printer Sharing? **

NETWORK SERVICES LAYER
-------------------------
Client for Microsoft Networks.....Properties available
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks...Properties grayed out
QoS Packet Scheduler..............Properties grayed out

NETWORK CONNECTIONS
----------------------
Network Bridge................Connected, 400Mbps
LAN (Realtek Ethernet)........Disabled, Bridged (nothing plugged in there
yet)
LAN (2Wire Gateway USB) DSL...Connected, 10Mbps
Dial-up Connection............Disabled (backup connection method)
1394 Connection...............Connected, 400Mbps, Bridged

- The Realtek Ethernet NIC is disabled at my choice because nothing is
plugged into that port. Since I'm already connected to the network via USB
(or 1394), I cannot also be connected to the hub or there would be
conflicts.

- I plan to connect an ethernet cable to my open ethernet port at some
point. The cable will go from my ethernet port directly to the ethernet port
of a Lexmark Z65n printer (when we get a print cartridge for it) without
going through the ethernet hub.

- When I re-enable that Realtek ethernet port for the Z65n printer, that
printer will automatically become part of the existing network through the
Network Bridge, theoretically.

- The dial-up connection is only used when the LAN is not available.

- When dialing in with the dial-up connection, TCP/IP completes the
connection successfully, but a connection to the remote computer cannot be
established with IPX/SPX (error 733). A dialog box asks me if I want to
"Accept" the connection as is and if I want to check the box "Do not
request the failed protocols next time". I click "Accept", but I'm afraid to
check the other box about failed protocols because I don't know how
difficult it will be to reverse that decision if things change.

- I wonder why the 2Wire Gateway USB connection is only 10Mbps (rather than
400Mbps) for USB 2.0, unless it's because the router connects to an ethernet
hub which can only support 10Mbps.

NETWORK SETUP WIZARD
-----------------------
Option #1: "This computer connects directly to the Internet. The other
computers on the network connect through this computer."
(This is the option I thought was correct, but Windows did not preselect
it.)

Option #2: "This computer connects to the Internet through a residential
gateway or through another computer on the network"
(This option came up by default in the network setup wizard when Windows
searched for a shared connection. Maybe this one is correct. This is the
option I am presently using on this computer.)

Option #3: "Other"
(This option is not used, but it was set up this way originally. At that
time, there was no USB cable between the router and my computer. My computer
was connected directly to the ethernet hub. Then we heard that the USB
direct connection method would be more secure, so we switched the wiring to
the current configuration as recommended by the 2Wire people and my ISP.)

QUESTIONS
------------
1. Which option for the network setup wizard (see 1, 2 or 3 above) is
correct for this computer?
2. Would option 2 be correct for all the other computers on the network?
That was used for the other XP machine.
3. Since the modem/router connects to my machine with USB, there is no power
to that USB connection when my computer is turned off, right?
4. So the other computers can't connect when my machine is turned off,
right?
5. Does my machine need to be turned on all the time in order for the others
to connect to the Internet?
6. Is my current network peer-to-peer or client/server?
7. Which adapter is the one that connects to the Internet, 1394 or 2Wire?
8. Which adapter should be used for File & Printer Sharing, 1394 or 2Wire?
9. Network Bindings need to be reconfigured to isolate File & Printer
Sharing from the Internet without losing my ability to connect either to the
Internet or to the other computers (and the other computers to me). I need
step-by-step instructions, not too technical.
10. Password protection needs to be added to each network printer and each
shared drive/folder. I need step-by-step instructions, not too technical.
11. The network access and Internet connection through are sometimes lost
for no apparent reason. Any idea why? Sometimes the 2Wire Gateway USB icon
disappears from the taskbar when this happens. When it doesn't disappear, I
can't right-click on it because it freezes. Sometimes Start -- Network
Connections will not open. I suspect it may be some background process
running in XP. The only way to get the connection back is to reboot the PC.
12. Remote Desktop and Remote assistance are both disabled. Do they need to
be enabled?

After the two XP machines are configured, I will need assistance setting up
the two Win9x laptops. Looking forward to hearing from the experts.




I hope there's a simple solution to this one:

I recently tried to install a symantec anti virus program on my computer and
apparently some of the files were corrupted. it ended up causing many
problems throughout windows. i thought maybe i needed a windows update or
something so i downloaded SP2, while it downloaded fully, it did not install
fully and froze up the computer.

when i restarted the computer, it said that sp2 was not fully installed and
that i should remove it from my system. i used the add/remove programs
function to remove it, and that created a whole array of problems. unable to
solve the symantec and SP2 situation, i restored my C drive to its original
factory state.

while most of the problems i had experienced are gone, my computer is still
unable to detect the wireless network in my house. when i look in the
add/remove program box, a component of SP2 still exits (Windows HotFix) what
should i do so that my computer can pick up wireless signal again? should i
remove the Windows HotFix? Should I redownload SP2 and attempt to install it
again? or should i find a way of undergoing a more extensive format of my C
drive?

i have a sony vaio laptop with an intel pro wireless network adapter. i am
currently running on windows XP professional.

any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. thank you




Firstly I must say thank you to this great forum as I solved my msmsgs.exe problem by refering to one of the threads at here.
It took me many hours to figure out why it happens until I came and join here and ge the problem solved.

Well,my problem is as below:
I bought a notebook recently and powered by Windows XP Professional with S.P.2 and I updated all the patches via Windows update homepage(install Windows XP Professional Gold Edition - install Service Pack 2 - updated critical and security updates).My antivirus system is Norton's product.While during normal usage,I only let Norton to run in background and I did not tampered very much with the start-up or terminate any normal processes in the task manager.

I've the default firewall on and turned off the Automatic Updates and did not change the setting much due to I just installed the Windows.I also did not activate any bittorrent programs in the background.

I am using dial-up connection and I disable the Wireless Network connection in the control panel because I do not need to use it for now.Whenever I connect to the internet,once the connection is established,the system seems to stop responding whenever I open new program such as Internet Explorer or right click on the volume icon doesn't "wake up" the system.But I notice it loads the program I clicked into the task manager,just it doesn't respond after I opened the program.And even Ctrl+Alt+Del did not bring the task manager up(I open the task manager to monitor the processes before I connect to the internet).My computer seems hanged for a certain period after an internet connection is estalished.I have turn off those internet chatting programs and disable their options to auto-connect once the internet is on.

I'm sure the conection is established because eventough I cannot use the default internet browser,I still can use the method: open C:,then insert any website address into the address link.This is one of the method I use in order to browse the internet while waiting for my system to wake up.And I found out after the connection is on,I only can click on my harddrives and other programs will not respond.Even clicking on the connection icon on the taskbar to try to disconnect also doesn't respond.I scanned for viruses and the system seems clean.

My processor is Intel Pentium M 1.7GHz,I know a little bit about this processor and I heard that it will adjust its' speed depending on the systems situation.Is this one of the problem that cause the hanging of my system?Is the processor stop responding after the internet is connected?

The hanging problem is not time-dependant because sometimes the system recovers back after hanged for sometime.This problem happens only after the internet connection is on.

Sorry for asking so many questions but I really need to solve this problem as I have to solve this problem a.s.a.p. because I am going to futher my studies oversea and will bring the laptop with me.

If the problem still persist I think I just have to reinstall the operating system...(and hurt my harddisk again...hahaha).By the way,I'm a Windows 2000 Professional user for almost 3 years...this is my first time using Windows XP series for my computer...if the problem is unsolvable...I might be getting back Windows 2000 into my new notebook...may GOD bless this Windows XP of mine...

Hope someone will notice this message and help the poor soul of mine...really thank you to whoever read and try to help me.Really appreciates whoever take time to read this message.

Cheers
E-RO-SEN-NIN 3004




A quick question - I copied a Database from my networked work computer to a laptop (both running the same software) and had trouble with the Mid Function. I get an error saying it cannot find the correct library. I looked in the references and found a missing library for Outlook 9.0. My question is that this does not seem to be an Outlook issue and that the Mid function should be located in another library somewhere. All other libraries are correct. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you




I provide an Excel file (RVAmacro99.xls) which contaings several macros for use on my company's network. An auto-open macro creates a toolbar to access the other macros in RVAmacro99.xls. People use the other macros in the file to load text files and chart data.

Even though I have users open RVAmacro99.xls in Read-Only mode (password protected) and it is hidden, I get the following problem:

When closing out Excel, users are prompted with the "helpful" Excel prompt:
"Do you want to save the changes you made to RVAmacro99.xls?".

Now, if someone presses Yes and goes ahead and saves the file somewhere, my toolbar icon (which sticks on their toolbar for their next session) now refers not to the original RVAmacro99.xls file but to this copy---and the copy's macros don't work properly. The code that creates the toolbar in the first place doesn't have the network location hard-coded because some users need to be able to use this on non-connected laptops.

How can I prevent this unwanted save from occuring? Its pretty hard to prevent novice users from making this mistake on occasion.

Thanks




I have connected my new Win XP laptop to my Win 98 laptop by Ethernet card in the older laptop and a cable. My purpose was to more quickly transfer Outlook data files to the new computer. ( I have already transferred most of the ones I need by putting selected files on a CD-R.) All went well with the networking until I tried to open an Outlook 98 file on the new computer. This is probably a silly question, but is this just plain impossible to do when the Office programs are not of the same vintage? When I tried to open Outlook 98 on the Win 98 laptop in the Win XP laptop, I got a message saying that the file OMINT.DLL was either missing or damaged and to please install Microsoft Outlook again. Of course, I could open Outlook 98 on the Win 98 laptop, but that wouldn't help with the file transfer. I suspect the solution might be to install Outlook 2002 on the Win 98 laptop. Will appreciate any advice.




Hi

I have a home network with several XP clients attached to a wireless router for my ADSL service. At the moment the family uses the PCs with individual logons and different structures depending on the machine they are using at the time. I am constantly annoyed that my Outlook runs on one of the desktops and I can't access my mail and other files from another machine. I can map drives although this is dependant on the target machine actually being "on". If I want to surf from a laptop in the lounge it isn't practical. I am considering adding a network storage device and mapping everybodies "My Documents" and such to this device so that we can all access our files no matter what machine we are using.

With Outlook I have experienced problems in the past when opening my pst file after another machine has been using it. Is this still the case? Will I experience any issues with my suggested approach? What is the best way to achieve "seamless access" to my email? Other files aren't really a concern - only Outlook.

Thanks!




I use outlook 2000 on my desktop and laptop. I have successfully linked them on a network. Is there a quick and easy way to synchronize the contact list?
Thank You,
Terry




Hi all, had a 60Gig HDD in the wife's toshiba A10 laptop die, which was replaced under warranty. Have subsequently reloaded XP Pro installed XP SP2+ the new updates. Installed Office Pro 2003 and SP1, the AV app AVG 7, spybot, and a few other app's. I'm not sure what version of Office Pro was on the laptop previously XP or 2003.

Whenever i do an install, i move the Outlook pst file (and any other app) into a folder within "my documents". I then install Karen's replicator www.karenware.com/ and make it do a backup of the my documents folder, to whatever means the computer has for backups. IE to CDRW,DVDRW or another physical HDD, whenever it suits the operator. I have found over the years this saves a LOT of grief. but i digress.

I have copied the old files from my desktop computer back to the laptop (her backup files) created the OL profile upon initial start of the app. deleted the new pst file, directed OL to open what i thought was the old PST file, it was an older version. closed and moved that on to another folder, opened another, found the one I wanted. closed OL copied this one to another folder renamed it and moved it back to the Outlook folder. open OL again this created duplicate personal folders. @#$!%, i then deleted to profile onece again moved the newly created pst file into "my documents/outlook", renamed it "carol's outlook 05-01-29.pst" no problems so far. Figuring on a different approach I went to import the old PST file into the new one. the old PST file was 256Mg in size. Let the import wizard within oultook do it's thing, nothing??? Tried opening it as a second personal file, nothing... looked at it within W/explorer and the other files and actually saw the old PST file size change from 256Mg to 265Kb, what the.... Deleted this version, copied another of that file across the network, renamed it and had another go, same thing. Ran "scanpst.exe" over the file to no avail. have tried a repair of Office with the office disk.......

anyone want to suggest what's happening and how i could have a go at repairing it, as i am stumped. The wife, well lets just say she isn't the understanding type:-(




I'm helping my daughter get Outlook 2010 going on her laptop. When Outlook opens we enter the post office info and it says it could not connect to the mail server. It then asks us to select one of 3 choice:
--- Local area network
--- Remote - connect using Dial-up
--- Offline

The laptop is connected to a home network. The mail server is on a server at her husband's office. We have successfully connected to this mail account using Outlook Express thru this home network. It seems like we should use the Local area network selection in the choices above even though the connection has to go through the Internet to get to the server.

Is that choice correct?

Thanks, Bill




I just got all of my files, programs, folders, etc changed over to my new laptop computer running XP and everything was working great. Even Outlook Express 6 was up and running perfectly. Then I decided to import my email messages, address book etc. from the old computer to the new. I read several articles about different ways to do it using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. Went out and bought both a serial cable and a network transfer cable. Followed the directions to the letter. Neither of them worked. Not even close. Several hous and several attempts all got the same result--a refusal to recognize the old computer running Windows 98SE. Then I figured since all that was really left to transfer was the Outlook Express anyway, I would simply transfer that alone--using zip drives. I went through the complete procedure--which took a LONG time, again following step by step. It filled a little over two 100MB zip disks. After the transfer was 98% complete I got a message saying the Address Book did not copy correctly and I needed to do the process over again. So I have--twice more. Over six hours I've been on this --and each time the same thing happens. And now I have a MAJOR problem. I can no longer use my Outlook Express at all. That means my business --my livelihood--is now shut down--completely. No matter what I try to open--forward, create mail or just double click on a message I get the same box--"There was an error opening the message. A error has occurred." I believe the problems lies in the address book, but I can't open it. If I click on it, I get a message "Unable to open the Address Book. The Address Book may not be installed properly." So I even went back to the manual transfer--Export/Import of the Address Book. I've done that in the past and it always worked fine. Now, It doesn't work at all. I export to a zip drive and when I try to import it to the new computer, it simply won't allow me to do it. So now what can I do? How can I repair Outlook Express to operate correctly? Can I save the messages to a backup disk, then download a whole new Outlook Express from Microsoft? Meanwhile, I'm officially unemployed until I get this operational. And I have to go on the road Thursday morning for 5 days--working from my laptop! Where do I start???




Ok, I've searched and read a lot of the other posts on this type of subject, but none of the ideas solved the particular issues I was seeing when trying this. I have a user who uses a Windows 2000 laptop here at work, so they're obviously logging into the domain, and they want to take the laptop home and be able to connect to their desktop pc at home for file and printer sharing. The pc at their house is Windows ME. So here's the problem...I actually went out and set up a little home network using just a 5 port switch and running ethernet cables from the switch to each machine. They also have an ADSL connection and I have run the etherset modem through the switch also. The only way I can get the Windows 2000 machine to connect to the Windows ME machine is if I create a local user account for the user and they log in with that account, and not their domain login account. They do not want to have a seperate account that they have to log in to for home use. Windows 2000, however, gives me one of two error messages when I try to access a share on the other computer while logged with the user's domain account. One: "There is no log on server to process the request." Two: "The server cannot process the request specified." I'm not sure why there's two different error messages, and why each one occurs when it does. I can see the other computer through My Network Places/Network Neighborhood, but I get the error message when I actually try to view the shares or contents on the computer. Or if I try to connect to the other computer via the run prompt. I have been able to get the Windows ME machine to connect to the Windows 2000 laptop, but as the printer in the house is connected to the desktop machine, I need to be able to get the laptop (2000) to connect to the desktop (ME), and that's where I'm running into the problems. I don't know if the Win2000 machine is looking for the domain controller or something, or what the deal is. So...does anybody know a way that I can get this set up so the Windows 2000 laptop they take home from work can use the file and printer sharing with the desktop at their house, and they can still log in with their domain account? Windows 2000 must cache the logon credentials locally or something, because a user can log in using their domain account when they're not connected to the network. Any help on this would be appreciated.




I'm trying to find a consistent way to refer to My Documents folder which resides in 3 different locations on my 3 computers. In this thread I asked for help in finding the name of the %documents% variable, only to find that it didn't exist, but one suggestion was to map a drive to the folder in question and then use that path on all computers. So, for instance, my sysadmin maps my space on the network drive to u:, so I planned to map my documents folder on the laptop and home computer to u:. Only problem - can't seem to do it! Whenever I try and map "My Documents" to u:, I either receive the error "not logged on", or the error that I can't do this with a drive on this computer. I've tried browsing the network to get back to this folder that way, and the network is unavailable. This computer is in a workgroup rather than a domain, and I'm using win2k pro. In order for this to work well for me, however, I need to be able to do this on computers belonging to domains as well (the whole idea being that the database is portable between home, work and laptop).

Am I doing something wrong?




- This may not be considered the most apt board for this thread. If not, would a friendly mod please relocate it? -

I've been asked my opinion on a new network for an office. I've done odd scraps of work for him before and this could be a good opportunity for me, therefore I request your opinions before I respond to him.

What he's looking for is a plain and simple network consisting of 8 workstations, one central file server, two laser printers and the software to tie everything together. He does NOT want Internet access, or e-mail, and this is a brand new set up, not an upgrade from an existing network. It will be hard-wired, not wireless, and provision will be made on the hub side of things for additional workstations in the future or a traveling laptop needing an occasional connection.

I've suggested using Dell for the workstations, maybe for the server too, but I may suggest a home-brew box for flexibility.

Never having used it, I invite anyone's 2 cents on the pro's and con's of W2K Server. I have enough NT4 knowledge to do this, but beyond the desktop W2KS is a bit of a mystery to me.

Many thanks for reading. If anyone can direct me to a recommended site regarding W2KS for small businesses, I'd be grateful.




I have a laptop running XP Pro and a desktop running XP Home. The laptop has wireless access to my home office network, to which the desktop is also connected. I have some programs and files on the desktop that I would like to maintain there but would like to have the ability to run remotely from my laptop. Is there a feature I can use in XP to make this link or do I need 3rd party software?




My laptop stops loading Windows at the welcome screen. Only solution is a hard re-boot and that doesn't always work first time. Only recent changes have been installation of XP Hotfixes downloaded automatically. I think the last was about network connection problems on re-installation of Windows which I didn't need anyway. Any ideas or suggestions?


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