re: needing instructions for changing Workgroup name for a pc

GMartin
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Hi Everyone:

      I am needing instructions for changing a Workgroup Name for a pc.  The entire network, setup through Microsoft Broadband Utility, has the name for the LAN as being MSHOME.  Two of the three computers have MSHOME as the Workgroup name.  But, the third pc has the Workgroup Name being Workgroup.  This situation has caused 1 of the 3 computers to not show up under View Workgroup Computers.  I "believe" if I change the third computer's workgroup name to MSHOME, this will iron out this situation.  

      I look forward to reading everyone's thoughts on this post.  

      Thank you.

      George
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In order for all computers to be able to communicate on the same network, they need to members of the same workgroup.  And if you're on an NT Domain, then you also need to make sure that the Client for MS Netwk's is checked to logon to the NT Dom & specify the Domain name.
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Right-click My Computer icon.  Computer Name Tab.   Domain button.  Workgroup Radio button.  Reboot.


(WinXP)

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(wim9x) Rt-clk netwk neigh, ID tab - workgrp name

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Hi GMartin, I included the answer for Workgroup name in your previous post about installing the third computer on the LAN.
BTW, thanks for those points.

It depends on the OS, here is the sequence for W2K and others.  As Mike1066 stated, you start with right-mouse click on "My Computers", "Properties", "Network Identifications", "Properties" and type in the new name.

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Hi Everyone:

       Thanks so much for the feedback.  The steps I took within Windows XP Professional to change the workgroup name is as follows:  1. Right-clicked on My Computer, 2. selected Properties from the menu of options, 3. Clicked on Computer Name tab (did not see a tab for Domain Name... figure that is for NT and Windows 2000 users), 4. Clicked on the Change Tab.  and 5. at the Workgroup section, I simply typed the new name for the workgroup or LAN.  

       In closing, I greatly appreciate everyone getting me on the right track.  

      George

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