quick-bytes.jpgTIP: AVOID DUPLICATE COMPUTER NAMES ON A NETWORK. What's in a name? After buying a new Windows PC you'll generally add a main user during setup, and this username might- and is often- used as the base for the default computer name. If your new laptop & older desktop both have "bob" as primary user, then the computers might both end up named "bob-pc" and the same workgroup "WORKGROUP" or "MSHOME". You MUST avoid or resolve this OR ELSE the computers can't see each other on your home network. By this I mean that you'll go into Network and Sharing Center, or Add Network Place under My Network Places, and it will be like the other computer is not on the network. Moreover, it often will look like NO other computer is on the network. In Windows 7 you will also NOT get the option to JOIN HOMEGROUP.  To resolve this, change the computer name. Here's how to do it:

Change Computer Name in Windows 7 or Vista

Change Computer Name in Windows XP

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 07:01