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    How to change network name (XP Pro SP-1)

    I use my laptop to connect to networks in more than one place. I can't believe it, but I seem to have forgotten how to change the name of the network so it knows what it's supposed to connect to!

    Specifically, if go to "My Network Places" and then click on "Entire Network" and then click on "Microsoft Windows Network", I need to know how to change the name of the network that shows up next to the little network icon in that final window. Seems like I've done it at least two different ways in the past, but I can't seem to find any way to change it now (and I've tried quite a few paths over several days).

    Thanks for any guidance.

    -cynthia

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    Re: How to change network name (XP Pro SP-1)

    I found how to do it. Ironically, the Microsoft site has instructions that ask me to choose nonexistent tabs and click on nonexistent fields (at least on my computer they are nonexistent) but I found instructions via Google on an Amherst College website for how to connect to their network that I was able to simply walk through until I got to the place where the workgroup name could be changed and put in my own appropriate name.

    If anyone else is trying to do this, the site that was helpful is here

    And the Microsoft site that describes what I need to do perfectly but has steps that are impossible on my computer is here

    -cynthia

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    Re: How to change network name (XP Pro SP-1)

    If you do this a lot, you might want to take a look at this inexpensive utility .
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