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    Sometimes use USB, sometimes use a Router

    Can different users have different network settings on XP Home?

    I'm finding problems with changing the network settings on my PC. I am currenty set up with a single admin level user, and the Network WIzard has been run to make the PC the Internet connected machine for others on the network to connect through. I recently bought a router/modem so that I can go wireless on a new laptop, I have tried to amend the network settings to connect to the Internet through the router but I find I cannot re-boot after making these changes. The only way to recover a workable system is through system restore.

    My main options seem to be to remove all network components and try to rebuild the network; or to set up a new user and configure it to use the router. Does anyone have experience of setting up alternative network configurations for particular users.

    Any help would be welcome.

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    Re: Sometimes use USB, sometimes use a Router

    You should be able to create a new LAN connection to use the router on your PC and any others in the network. You can disable the current connections. Then when you are satisfied that the new router connections are working you can delete the others unless you just want to keep them around for backup. IMO, you are better off working with the network connections that creating new users as you then have software and files to ensure are available for the new users.

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    Re: Sometimes use USB, sometimes use a Router

    Hi Joe,
    The problem is that if I make any change to the Network connections I can't then restart Windows. The loadup gets as far as showing the desktop image but then runs out of Virtual Memory and I can't complete the load or run any programs. The only action I can take is to reboot into Safe Mode and perform a System Restore.

    I thought that setting up a new user profile might offer scope for avoiding having to change the existing settings on my main ID.

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    Re: Sometimes use USB, sometimes use a Router

    Have you tried using add/remove programs | addremove Windows components to remove the xp networking software?

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    Re: Sometimes use USB, sometimes use a Router

    Take a look at this Windows Networking articles and tutorials andSteve Winograd's Networking FAQ. Lots of networking information.

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    Re: Sometimes use USB, sometimes use a Router

    Just for completeness. I finally got it working, and there may be a lesson here for others.

    Back when I just had a wired network, I had downloaded and installed a piece of software called I-Proxy that I had planned to use so we could properly share an email client. Well, nothing came of that plan, but the software remained installed.

    Over the weekend I decided to clear off a chunk of unused software and rediscovered i-Proxy sitting there and loading up everytime I re-booted. Having removed it, it struck me that it could have been the cause of the problems with the wi-fi card. Wouldn't you know it, I did a quick 'discover new hardware' and everything worked like magic.

    Poke some IP addresses into Zone Alarm and I've got shared files and printing, wireless Internet access, just like it always was promised.

    The lesson - look at what else you've got running before assuming its a Windows problem.

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    Re: Sometimes use USB, sometimes use a Router

    <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> Way to go. Amazing what lurks around your system.

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    Re: Sometimes use USB, sometimes use a Router

    <hr>...The lesson - look at what else you've got running... <hr>
    <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> from me too! I wish all Loungers would follow up as you did - thanks for that.

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