This was the last week you could get a Dell preinstalled with Win XP. Too bad, because Win 7 is probably still a service
pack or two away from actually being useful in a workplace network environment or on a consultant's laptop. That said:
Please, please, please...
Can anyone tell me how I can get the "Show Entire Network" functionality that
was a standard function on Win XP in my copy of Win 7 Pro? I know this was originally screwed up in Vista and it seems to
have carried over into Win 7. In the real world, work computers can often exist on networks composed of multiple domains
and/or workgroups. Win 7's network view, even with discovery turned on, is so poorly implemented it is simply unusable.
I'd like to open up a window that investigates the network and presents workgroups and/or domains first, allowing me
to pick one. Then, and only then, would it go out and find the computers on that one workgroup/domain. In some of the
environments I work in there are hundreds of devices spread out amongst dozens of domains/workgroups. Win 7 has proven
totally useless in these environments, forcing me to locate computers by their IP addresses. And don't get me started on Win
7's terrible search system (that's a post for another time).
So - anybody have any help to offer. Googling this
has led to many dead ends and useless information.