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    Re: Wireless Network on 2 PCs and 1 laptop-all WinXP P

    To see what services are running, Start>Run and type in "services.msc /s" (without the quotes) and click OK. Black Viper's site has a wealth of information on all of the services.
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    Wireless Network on 2 PCs and 1 laptop-all WinXP P

    I've set up a wireless home network with three WinXP PCs.
    One is a laptop, others are desktops.

    Everything works except one thing:
    When I open "My Network Places"->"Entire Network"->"Microsoft Network" on
    one of my desktops, I get an error message: "The network is not present or
    not started."

    I found numerous "fixes" on the Internet but they're all for Win2K.
    I checked in "Properties" of my WLAN connection in "My network
    connections" to see what was in the list of used components:
    1) Client for Microsoft networks
    2) File and Printer sharing for MS nets
    3) QoS Packet Scheduler
    4) Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
    They're all checked.
    The same list is on the other desktop and everything works fine there.

    I can use the WLAN via the "Shared Documents" folder on the PC that
    shows the error, but I'd like to fix this problem too, especially since
    everything works fine on the other desktop which has the same version of
    WinXP and the same settings for the WLAN connection.

    I have configured my firewalls (ZoneAlarm) on all computers so they accept
    each other: I put the IP's (which are dynamic for now but the DHCP-enabled
    router assigns the same ones every time) in the Trusted Zone of ZoneAlarm.
    Anyway, all ping requests work from every computer to every other
    computer.

    Some solutions I found on the net suggest that some services which should
    be automatically started are actually not, and I have to run them
    manually. A service called "Workstation" was mentioned. Is that the thing?
    Where do I go to see this list of running or not-running services?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Wireless Network on 2 PCs and 1 laptop-all Win

    Yes, you need the Workstation service running. It's description reads as follows:
    <hr>Creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers. If this service is stopped, these connections will be unavailable. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.<hr>
    Personally, I don't see a need to ever have it disabled. Some of the tips on BlackViper's site are pretty extreme, and cause more problems than they solve.
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    Re: Wireless Network on 2 PCs and 1 laptop-all Win

    Thank's, everything works now... except one thing. [img]/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]))
    I set one of my internet connections on one of my desktops as "shared" and also that it conects when other network computers want to connect through it to the internet.
    I heard that all shared connections have to appear in the "Dial-up networking" window of all computers on the LAN.
    The shared connection does not.
    How do I sort this out? (I have a suspicion it's those services again... [img]/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] )
    There is a service called "Internet Connection Firewall / Internet Connection Sharing". Does this cause the problem?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Wireless Network on 2 PCs and 1 laptop-all Win

    I am not entirely clear on what you are doing here. Are you using Internet Connection Sharing? If so, then yes, that service needs to be enabled. I would recommend that you look at the list on Black Viper's site and set all of your services to their default running state except for those that you obviously have no need of (such as "Portable Media Serial Number").
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