I like XP but find its networking and wizards befuddling. Just tonight I
found a need to make my computer a host for Internet Connection Sharing
(while my broadband cable is out for the next few days). I installed AOL.
Then went searching for a way to share this connection with the four other
systems on my home network (Ethernet 100 BaseT). Only place where I found
something was through running the networking wizard.
Its confusing, because to run this it seems like XP is assuming you don't
have a network set-up. I did, everything was working before I ran the wizard
(it was the only apparent way I could find to share my connection on the
host computer). After I ran the wizard I took the Setup Disk to another
computer (as instructed) to run. Why - I don't know. I just did as I was
told. Previous fiddling around with my network involved more straightforward
twiddling with things and not so mysteriously delving into a wizard and you
don't know what and why things are being changed/whatever.
Anyway to make a long story short - the network setup disk on the other
computer continually generated an error box. Then when I tried to access
resources on other systems in the network they were no longer accessible - I
was forbidden off everything even though the workgroup names stayed the same
(before i was simply promoted for a password).
Thank God for System Restore - I had a restore point from just an hour
before the fiasco started.
Anyone have any input on the flakiness of this whole jive incident? What in
the world has MS done with networking - what were they thinking? Did they
actually think they were making things straightforward? Why can't you simply
turn ICS on and why doesn't the setup disk work? Or why can't plainly
written instructions be given to just go in and manually set up the setting
in the other computers? Having setup up several small home networks...why
have I found everything so much simpler when and then?